Robotics team headed to regional tourney

CRYSTAL LAKE – A Crystal Lake robotics team is headed to a regional tournament tomorrow.

Members of the Octopi robicts teamm will head to the “Growing 4-H Robotics 2013 Unit 5 Stormbot Tournament,” at Bryan Middle School, 111 W. Butterfield Road in Elmhurst, on Saturday. 

Twenty-one teams made up of 4-H members from throughout Kane, Kendall, and DuPage counties will be competing. 

The local team will be demonstrating from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Award will be prestented at 4:30 p.m.

Each team must design their own competition mat and obstacles, as well as build and program their robot to fit the scenario that a natural disaster has passed through town, causing severe damage and debris. The robot must autonomously clear debris, avoid obstacles, and construct a protective barrier for the remaining building. Some of the awards given will be for robot performance, engineering, programming, creativity, and team work. 

This local tournament is a practice scrimmage leading up the Illinois 4-H State Robotics Competition held on the campus of the University of Illinois in Champaign on April 20. All teams are eligible to advance to the state competition.