Lee County Robotics Team gets Rookie of the Year nod at regionals

FORT MADISON – The Lee County Robotics team competed at the FIRST Robotics Regional Competition on March 23rd at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, and came home with Rookie Team of the Year honors.

More than 2,000 students from 7 states representing 45 teams came to compete in this year’s regional event. The Lee County rookie team competed against 45 other teams from across the Midwest. During the two-minute and 30-second matches, two team alliances operate robots built by the students. The robots complete a series of tasks designed for the competition that gain the alliances’ points.

This year’s challenge is called Rapid React, and the robots work to place “cargo” balls into upper and lower hubs. Then, before the timer runs out, the robot must hang on a bar in the team’s “cargo bay.” 

The team is a joint effort of Lee County EDG and the three school districts in the county, Central Lee, Fort Madison, and Keokuk. Through the FIRST Robotics Competition, students learn valuable skills such as teamwork, basic mechanics, computer coding, troubleshooting, leadership, and problem-solving.

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