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Posted by: Dennis Hinkamp on Apr 9, 2013

4-H Robot Flings Frisbees

Writer: Dennis Hinkamp, 435-760-0926

Contact: Marcelle Smith, 801-916-3250

4-H Robot Flings Frisbees

While March Madness meant basketball across the country, the March 21-23 madness at the Maverick Center in West Valley City was all about robots--Frisbee throwing robots.

The FIRST Robotics (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) regional championships drew thousands of screaming fans, cheerleaders, mascots and Governor Gary Herbert, who stopped by to meet Salt Lake City’s Utah State University Extension 4-H- sponsored team, 3230 Prototype X. 

Governor Herbert was recognized as an honorary mentor of Team 3230 Prototype X for his support of Utah STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs. The team presented him with a signed photo and Frisbee and gave him a quick explanation of how 3230 was built.

Each year, teams design robots to compete in a different sport. In past years it has been soccer and basketball; this year it was a version of Frisbee golf with goals similar to those on outside Frisbee golf courses.

Most of the robots employed hydraulic systems that shot the Frisbee against a spinning wheel. With six robots on the field at a time, three red and three blue, the three teams on each side work together to score points or block the other team’s scoring attempts. 

Though the 3230 Prototype X team failed to qualify for the finals, they plan another attempt at qualifying for FIRST National when they compete in the Las Vegas FIRST Regional event April 4-6.

Team members include team captain Kevin Smith, Trevor Tanner, McKay Todd, Jakob Thygerson and London Flynn.

Mentors include coach Jim French, Marcelle Smith, Jim Cook, Jake Nelson, Janice Nelson, Kris Franz and Heath French.

Sponsors are Rockwell Automation, The Leonardo, JCPenney, Platt, Utah State University and the International Hotel Group.




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