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It’s possible you’ll never look at a frisbee toss the same way again.

Woodbury Days-goers will be able to harness their inner cyborg when they utilize custom-made robots to launch discs. The activity will be provided by local high school robotics teams, representatives of which say their presence helps boost science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) efforts in schools.

“It’s going to be a fun form of chaos” at Woodbury Days, said Liam Driscoll, captain of the East Ridge robotics team.

In addition to his team, members of the Woodbury High School and Math and Science Academy teams will be at the activity, which runs from 5-7 p.m. Friday, noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The teams will demonstrate various tasks their custom-made robots can perform, including climbing a wall. Attendees can launch frisbees at a wall target for $1.

East Ridge will also bring a “show-bot” that was constructed for a 3M event. That robot’s features include a T-shirt cannon, an LCD screen and a speaker system that plays music.

Driscoll said the event has helped drive membership for robotics teams in the past and he hopes for that tradition to continue.

“It’s a lot of fun,” he said.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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