Isanti County Robotics teams advances to state competition

The Isanti County 4H FIRST Team 3840 Teens ‘Nto Technology (TNT) competed in the 21st annual FIRST Robotics Regional Competition at Duluth, held March 8-10.

Kim Diers, Andrew Diers, Karl Zabinski, Nik Zabinski and Dean Diers at the robotics regional competition in Duluth.

After showing up with a completed robot that still needed a lot of tweaking and adjustments to even pass inspection, the current team of three students were blessed with the arrival of four students from the Edina team to help them.

With much perseverance, team TNT finished six out of 64 in the individual seeding matches. This qualified as team captain to pick out their own three team alliance for the final matches, and during the final rounds they qualified as a semi-finalist.

The Isanti County 4H FIRST Teens ‘Nto Technology (TNT) display their robot at the regional competition.

Their season is not over yet. Because of their accomplishments at Duluth, they qualify to compete at the first ever Minnesota State High School League State Competition May 19 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, where the top 24 teams from the three regionals in Minnesota will compete for a state title.

More information on the state competition can be found at www.mnfirstregional.org. If you would like more information about or how you can join or help out the team, call the Isanti County Extension Office at 763-689-1810.

The team would like to thank their mentors and many sponsors for their support. Grand Champion Level: Medtronic; Champion Level: Minnesota 4H Foundation; Reserve Champion Level: Aurelius Mfg Co.

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