Robotics team wins state championship

Mounds View High School robotics teams Ponytail Posse and Height Differential were two of eight teams chosen to advance to the regional competition of FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC). Front to back, left to right: Nick Riedel, Grant Altenhofen, John Helgeson, Akash D’Souza; Nancy Koshy, Rose Lam, Sabriyah Taher, Amy Helgeson, Heeral Narkhede, Charlotte Hamilton, Amelie Elmquist. Team member not pictured: Meghan Froehle.

A local youth robotics team took the state championship.

Four teams from Mounds View High School competed in the Minnesota FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) State robotics championship tournament Feb. 11 at Washington Technology Magnet School in St Paul.

The event was presented by High Tech Kids of Minnesota. The four teams — Titanium Allies, EPIC, Ponytail Posse, and Height Differential — competed against 48 of the best FTC STEM robotics teams in Minnesota for a chance to advance to the Super Regionals.

Height Differential was chosen as the 2016-17 FTC Minnesota state champion.

Ponytail Posse and Height Differential were two of eight teams chosen to advance to the North Super Regionals and will compete against 72 teams from 13 states in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at the end of March. The teams have a chance to move on to the World Championships, which will be held in April.

The Ponytail Posse team won an award for best engineering notebook and also created a video that won an outstanding coach/mentor award for its coach, Norton Lam.

Jack Riedel coached the winning team, Height Differential. Riedel received a coaching award two years ago.  

Height Differential was No. 1 in the state in robot performance and won awards for Best Use of 3D printing (and took home a brand new 3D printer) and Best Public Service Announcement video. 

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