Montana Tech’s Upward Bound robotics competition team, Robolution, took home the Design Award, a first place trophy and also placed 10th overall out of 33 teams who competed at the first Robotics Challenge held Nov. 23, in the Montana Tech HPER.
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The team is made up of five Anaconda High School students: Caleb Thompson, Liam Barrington, Will Griffis, Jaiden Connors, and Farabeth Barrington; as well as two students from Butte High School: Kaden Dean and Aaliyah Andersch.
The team is mentored by two Montana Tech undergraduate students, Justin Bak and Emily Maynard. At the helm is Carlton Nelson, a teacher from Anaconda High School, who has spent the last 10 years working for Upward Bound as a summer instructor and now serves as the after-school robotics coach.
The students’ performance qualifies them to compete in the state competition Jan. 17, at Montana State University.