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Please help support the Sun River Robotics Team "Among the best in world" - They didn't just win, they crushed the previous competition record

August 1, 2017View for printing

Robotics win 'like landing on comet'

Local high schoolers pulled off the "kid equivalent of landing a spacecraft on a comet" as they battled their way to the world robotics title in New Hampshire.

The Sun River RedNek Robotics team, which includes students from the Sun River Valley, Fairfield and Great Falls, and Rise of Hephaestus, an allied California team, developed software that helped them pull off a performance that didn't just win but crushed the previous competition record.

"These two teams from 1,300 miles apart, collaborated and wrote software so their robots would get in the right places at the right time," coach Chuck Merja said. "It's just way cool."

The teams design robots, which compete on an automated setting and under student controls, to pick up balls and shoot and place them in baskets.

"I'm hoping to find support for Winston and hope he can help me recruit and can mentor some other young people so we can maintain a presence," Merja said. "I'm going to say we're in a rebuilding year, but we might do all right. I've been blessed with good thinkers."

If you can help...

To support Redneck Robotics, send donations with robotics in the memo to:

Sun River Valley Schools

PO Box 380

Simms, MT 59477

If interested in founding or joining a robotics team, contact coach Chuck Merja at or 799-5955.

Kristen Inbody,

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