First-year club set to debut its robot

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A robotics club comprised of high school students from Staples-Motley High School and the Central Lakes College campus in Staples, Minnesota, recently showed off its robot to school and college officials, according to the Brainerd Dispatch newspaper.

The first-year club began work on the robot three months ago to get it ready for upcoming robotics competitions.

High school teacher, Clay Houselog, created the robotics club from the ground up, the Dispatch reported. He initially approached Central Lakes College officials to see if the school would be willing to help build a robot and participate in competitions.

“It started out with one student and it has built up to 18 kids,” Houselog told the newspaper.

The college's robotics instructor, Nathan Peterson, said CLC has worked with the Brainerd High School robotics team for the past three years and is currently building a robot with students from Wadena.

Robotics in the classroom and robotics competitions are both growing in popularity. At Tualatin High School in Oregon, the robotics club had to split into several different teams this year because participation has expanded so much.

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