For the second year in a row, RVHS has a team of students who worked on the creation of a robot for the FIRST Robotics regional competition; the team received its task at an event held in Mankato and then spent several weeks brainstorming ideas and assembling, through trial and error, what it is going to enter.

For the second year in a row, RVHS has a team of students who worked on the creation of a robot for the FIRST Robotics regional competition. The team received its task at an event held in Mankato and then spent several weeks brainstorming ideas and assembling, through trial and error, what it is going to enter. “The goal is to get a big ball into the goal,” said Jordan Opdahl, who is participating in the Robotics team for the second year. While shooting the ball into the goal is the main avenue to score points in head-to-head contests, the RVHS team opted to take another direction, as points are also given to teams who are able to catch and pass. “We spent about the first half of the time working on our robot just coming up with ideas,” said Travis Sowder, who is also taking part in the program for the second year. The team decided to work on a robot that could catch and pass, as it might make them attractive to other teams later on in the regional contest. After the opening rounds of the contest, when teams face off to determine the top eight teams for the final showdown, those top eight teams each can create their team of three robots. The hope for the RVHS team is someone sees their robot as one they could use to score more points. Having one year of experience, the team had a bit of a head start over the first year, as the base for its robot had been built. The team is going to compete in a regional contest in Minneapolis March 27-29 at Williams Arena in the sports pavillion of the U of M. There are more than 60 teams registered. The RVHS team had until this past Tuesday at midnight to finish the work on their robot, but on the first day of the regional contest they have an added eight hours to make any final adjustments. Opdahl and Sowder said they are looking forward to competing again this year. “We want to give a shout out to Daktronics and Chad Johnson,” said Sowder. “They were a big help.”