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DHS Robotics Club receives more than $6,000 in grants

DeKALB – The high school’s robotics team is almost done building its robot after receiving more than $6,000 in grants.

DeKalb High School’s “Crowbotics” team, which launched last year, will compete in its first competition April 1 and 2, where their robot will have to go through different challenges, execute different defense moves and push a boulder through a model castle. 

The competition is put on by For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. The competition is worldwide and DeKalb will compete in the Midwest Regional which takes places at University of Illinois at Chicago. 

“There will be about three other rookie teams,” club adviser Denise Flemming said. “Most have been coming for years so it will be an interesting experience.” 

Monsanto Fund and the Argosy Foundation both awarded the DeKalb team with funding that will help them compete in 2016 and into 2017.

As a newcomer to the robotics game, DeKalb received the Argosy Foundation 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition Rookie Grant. The grant awards $4,000 for the 2016 season and $2,000 in the 2017 season. 

Monsanto awarded the team $6,000.

“This was the first year for this program,” said Troy Dukes, site manager for the Waterman branch of Monsanto. “We’re looking forward to working with the team in the future.”

The team also recieved an anonymous donation of $500 and operate a Go Fund Me page.

“The Argosy fund is $4,000 for this year and paid directly to FIRST for registration,” Flemming said. “Total registration cost $6,000, so we took $2,000 of Monsanto (grant funds) for registration as well.” 

The other $4,000 went to tools, robot parts and things like competition shirts, Flemming said. 

The team is on week five of their six-week build period and will have to stop Feb. 23, per competition rules. 

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