Spring turns into robot season for Montana students

Robots big and small are spreading across Montana, as hundreds of students build robots to compete in regional competitions this spring, according to Donna Minton, deputy director of the Montana Space Grant Consortium based at Montana State University.

With names like RoboRustlers and Mutating Squids, some teams are transforming metal while others are turning Legos into robots through a program called FIRST or "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology." Ten Montana high school teams have built robots with wheels, metal bars and gears and will compete regionally in Las Vegas, Denver, Sacramento, Calif., and San Jose, Calif.

From the MSU News Service

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The ‘Bruester’ bunch goes robotic for California competition

By ALANA LISTOE – IR Staff Writer

Students on the Capital High Robotics Team are geared up to compete next week in a robotic competition in Sacramento, Calif.

Avram Pitter graduated from CHS last year but returned to the team for a second year to serve as a mentor in designing a robot. Pitter is currently an engineering student at Montana State University.

He said he came back because he had so much fun last year. He said one of his first assignments in college was to build a robot, and because of this experience, he was ahead of the game.

“I got my robot done three weeks early,” Pitter said.

CHS is one of 10 Montana high school teams that will compete, according to a press release from the Montana State University News Service.

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