OHS robotics team prepares for state tournament


Richard Ong

Dakota Johnson working with the batteries

This Saturday, May 21, the Owatonna Robotics team will be competing in the state tournament. The tournament will be held on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, from 8 a.m. until about 8 p.m. The Owatonna team will send around 30 people to their fourth state tournament in a row. Not many teams in Minnesota can say that they have done that.

The competition for the robots include grabbing a ball, going through various kinds of defensive structures and then throwing the ball through a goal. Points are earned by completing the different obstacles set up for the robots. Teams that score in the top ten percentage of all the competitors in Minnesota, are selected to be a part of the state tournament. Once the state tournament is done, the team with the most points is crowned the winner. OHS Robotics adviser, Ms. Val Rose said, “This year has been great for us because the challenge is fun.”

Senior and Owatonna Robotics member, Dakota Johnson said, “Our team has worked hard all year to build a robot that will be a strong contender in the state tournament.” The Robotics team will show off their robot one last time to the public before they go to the state tournament. They will be showing it this Thursday, May 19, from 5:45 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. down in the Owatonna High School options area.

Good luck at the state tournament!

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