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Cooper Ochsendorf,15, makes an adjustment to the Willmar FIRST Robotics team's basketball playing robot. The team competed this year for the first time in FIRST robotics, a 23-year-old program created by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Willmar, Minn., FIRST Robotics team builds basket-shooting robot


For six weeks, the 15 members of the Willmar FIRST Robotics team used a box of parts and a challenge to develop a robot that can play basketball.

Their robot can maneuver over mini basketballs, pick them up and line up for a shot before launching the balls at a basket. Not bad for a bunch of rookies.

All those maneuvers were needed when robots from around the state competed in the Rebound Rumble three-on-three basketball games in the state competition this spring.

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Linda Vanderwerf

I cover education issues for the West Central Tribune and have worked for the paper since 1995. I have worked in journalism since 1981.

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