Gears Turn At Killdeer High School

It may be cold outside, but things recently heated up at Killdeer High School, where the Robotics Club is diving head first into the Midwest Regional Competition.

Killdeer High School robotics club From left to right Back row: Ayana Kovash, Brianna Suits, Hannah Rebsom, Sydra Morrison, Gracie Kudrna, Codi Schaper, Abbie Zastoupil, Middle row: Michael Theesen, Cameron Newbold, Rachel Voigt, Seth Weaver, Vance Strommen, Gavin Calkins, Front row: Celeste Musick, Caleb Musick, Shad Musick, Dillion Calkins, Caitlyn Benz, Angel Calkins, Hannah Smyth
Killdeer High School robotics club From left to right Back row: Ayana Kovash, Brianna Suits, Hannah Rebsom, Sydra Morrison, Gracie Kudrna, Codi Schaper, Abbie Zastoupil, Middle row: Michael Theesen, Cameron Newbold, Rachel Voigt, Seth Weaver, Vance Strommen, Gavin Calkins, Front row: Celeste Musick, Caleb Musick, Shad Musick, Dillion Calkins, Caitlyn Benz, Angel Calkins, Hannah Smyth

By Bryan Katz
Staff Reporter

The team took home third place at the Dickinson Hub, which is “the equivalent to state,” said Caleb Musick, one of the minds behind the school’s second-year Robotics Club.
In the Oct. 24 and 25 events, Killdeer’s Robotics team won third place in their booth event, where they pitched the sale of their machine.
In the main competition, student Elexious Musick, said they also won third place in the robotics competition itself. The student-led program gives students the opportunity to fund and design a mobile robot. This device treads through and around obstacles to retrieve resources to build wind turbines.
But, here’s the catch… the students were only given six weeks! After four weeks, however, the students were given a trial day to practice their creation’s ability to see what needed change and what can stay the same.
The next step for this 22-person team? The Midwest Regional Competition. In that competition, to be held Dec. 4 through 6, Killdeer High School’s Robotics Club will rival about 40 other schools, spanning across North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Ohio and Pennsylvania.


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