Eastview robotics team goes to national championships for first time

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Since its inception in 2009, Eastview High School’s robotics team has faced an uphill battle with a revolving door of coaches and a five-year losing streak.

But their luck seems to be turning around as the underdogs head to the national First Robotics Competition Championship in St. Louis, Mo., for the first time.

Eastview High School’s robotics team, Cobalt Catalysts, will compete at the national First Robotics Competition Championship from April 24-26 in St. Louis, Mo., after taking first place in the regional competition. This will be the team’s first time at nationals. (Photo submitted)

Eastview High School’s robotics team, Cobalt Catalysts, will compete at the national First Robotics Competition Championship from April 24-26 in St. Louis, Mo., after taking first place in the regional competition. This will be the team’s first time at nationals. (Photo submitted)

“Last year they finished 53rd at regionals so this is a really big deal for them,” said team advisor Dana Koletar.

Much of their struggle was due to a lack of consistency as the team cycled through three coaches in the past three years, Koletar said.

Cobalt Catalysts team member and Apple Valley resident Eric Bergquist credits the teams current coaches and mentors for helping them become one of the region’s top teams.

For Lakeville resident Jeremy Koletar, who has been a member of the team for three years, the win comes as a tremendous reward for the team’s years of hard work. See more in Jessica Harper’s Sun Thisweek story.

 

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