Forest Park seventh grade students, from left, James Olson, Paul Santi and Will Toivonen, put their robot through its paces during the Forest Park Board of Education’s March 26 meeting. The team will be participating in a robotics world championship in Anaheim, Calif., April 18-20.
CRYSTAL FALLS—Three Forest Park seventh grade students will be packing up their robot and heading to Anaheim, Calif., next week to participate as one of 320 teams in the VEX Gateway world championship robotics competition.
Team members James Olson, Will Toivonen and Paul Santi study robotics through the Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District, meeting once a week in the extra-curricular activity.
The program is sponsored by Boss Snowplows in Iron Mountain.
Other organizations sponsoring the team in competition include the Iron County Engineers Club and the American Legion.
Pat Hingos is the local team advisor.
The boys won Judges’ Award at regional competition in Neenah, Wis., and, as an alliance with two other teams from Neenah, took first place out of 64 teams at competition in Appleton, Wis.
The three teams will now compete in the finals.
The team’s robot is constructed from Erector Set-like components, programmed with a micro processor and operated with Xbox 360 video controls.
There are goals and games in which the robots compete.
The robot must complete a 20-second autonomous period, with the team writing the program, and two minutes of driver-controlled play.
The robots place balls and barrels into goals of various heights within the playing field, and can score bonus points for different actions, including negating the goal of an opponent.
The team gave a demonstration of its robot at the Forest Park Board of Education’s March 26 meeting, and received approval for the trip.
three more class trips were approved by the board.
Members of the junior class will be making its annual college trip.
Twenty-four students are participating, and the class will be visiting Lake Superior State University, Albion College, Ferris State and Michigan State.
The Academic Boosters are picking up the cost of the bus trip; the students’ costs are approximately $100 each.
The senior class trip to Kalahari Water Park was approved.
Thirty-eight students and five chaperones are scheduled to participate.
Forest Park School Superintendent Becky Waters, in recommending approval of the trip, noted that, “We will miss this class of seniors. They have been very active in extracurricular and community activities. They have high standards for themselves.”
Approval for a trip to Six Flags by the high school calculus class, tabled from last month, was given.
The trip will be on a Saturday-Sunday, so no class time will be missed.
The class will participate in the park’s annual Math and Science days’ activities.
The class collected old appliances to sell for scrap metal to help raise money for the trip.
the board was provided an update on cooperative activities with NorthStar Health System by NorthStar Foundation Director Peg James.
A new service to be implemented at the school is impact concussion testing for grades eight through 11.
The test will set baselines for the individual student, with information forwarded to his or her health provider.
There is no cost for the test.
James also told the board about a student grief support group that meets every two weeks.
Five children participate in the focus group, and it has been working out well, James said.
It’s been a very positive experience, said James.
Other events and programs included an inflatable heart exhibit open to the students and the Fuel Up to Play 60 program for health and fitness.
In action items, the board accepted a financing bid for one school bus from First National Bank of Iron Mountain; accepted NEOLA policies along with the NEOLA bullying policy.
The board approved a board election terms resolution to create six-year terms; posted for summer lawn cutting; and awarded bids for surplus items, including old bookshelves and books to the Porter School library.