Kingsford to host state qualifying robotics tournament

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KINGSFORD, Mich. (WLUC) - Kingsford Middle School students are hosting their qualifying robotics tournament on Saturday.

Kingsford Middle School Robotics members work on their project. (WLUC Photo)

Building bots, and putting finishing touches on their masterpieces, during the school day.

"Our students are now getting ready for the FIRST Tech Challenge 'Yeti Cup.' It is one of 20 state qualifying tournaments around the state over the next 4 weeks,” said the Kingsford Robotics Coordinator, Amanda Gibbons.

The goal of the competition is to make the highest tower of stacked blocks in two minutes.

"They'll be working in tandem with schools from all over the U.P. and working on strategy, meeting new people,” said Gibbons.

Kingsford has 10 teams, but 6 of them are competing here. The students actually build and design these robots, and use a joystick to move them.

"All of our robots are pretty unique in some way or form, maybe it's just because the buttons are different or maybe it just has something completely different,” said a Kingsford Middle School Robotics Team Member, Blair Adams.

Adams thinks this will help on Saturday.

"I just have a good feeling because all of us with work together and teamwork is one of the biggest things,” he said.

Working on robots together during school time encourages STEM equity which means, "If we have 50 percent men in the school, we want 50 percent women into robots, also,” said Gibbons.

Which Kingsford now has.

"I honestly wasn't going to do robotics at first, I kind of got sucked into it last minute a month or so before the last competition and I loved it ever since. I've learned a lot about how to do things, different perspectives of how to look at things and problem solving,” said Julia Bradley, a member of the Kingsford Middle School Robotics Team.

Saturday’s competition is free and open to the public. The opening ceremony starts at 11 a.m.

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