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Woodbury robotics team performs well at world championships

East Ridge High School and Math and Science Academy both had strong showings during the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics World Championships, which was held April April 27-30 in St. Louis.

The East Ridge Robotic Ominous Raptors (ERRORs) placed third overall in their division. The MSA Fighting Calculators ranked 24th out of 75 teams in their division.

The FIRST robotics competition tasks teams with building a robot within six weeks that can perform a number of different tasks.

This year's competition was called "Stronghold."

In Stronghold, two alliances of three teams are on a quest to breach their opponents' fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture the opposing tower.

Robots score points by breaching opponents' defenses and scoring boulders through goals in the opposing tower.

During the final 20 seconds of the quest, robots may surround and scale the opposing tower to capture it.

A total of 600 teams from 39 countries competed at the world championships, which drew over 40,000 attendees.

East Ridge competed in the world championships in 2015, as well. MSA went in 2013 and 2014.

"Champs is a special thing for teams to attend—it is geek nirvana to be sure," said Doug Jensen, adviser for the ERRORs. "It's so exciting to see kids getting attention and being celebrated for heading toward a great career that can truly improve our world rather than just how fast they run or kick a ball."

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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