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Published March 27, 2012, 05:34 PM

Detroit Lakes Robotics Team preparing for another state tournament run

Detroit Lakes, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Students at Detroit Lakes are used to seeing their athletic teams go to state, and this week another group is headed to Mariucci Arena.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Detroit Lakes, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Students at Detroit Lakes are used to seeing their athletic teams go to state, and this week another group is headed to Mariucci Arena. Not for hockey, but for Robotics. The self proclaimed nerds and motor heads are laying the groundwork for careers and salaries out of this world.

There is the intensity and teamwork of any ballgame. This is Team Qwerty, Detroit Lakes' Robotics Team, preparing this week for another state tournament run at the Championship.

Their weapon, The Tank, a camouflaged masterpiece of compressors, cylinders, chains, gauges and computer chips. All student designed and manufactured.

And high tech corporations are scrambling to support the DL Robotics team. Equipment, tech support, you name it. The reason? The science and tech world will soon depend on people like these kids, to bring research and development to another level.

The Tank is no Kevin Love, but the robot has all the makings for a victor this week, when hundreds of computer and science loving students gather to talk a language only they can translate.

The team name "Qwerty" comes from a keyboard. The five letters of the name are the first one on the top row of every keyboard and the team mascot for the Robotic Team is certainly original.

Students collected computer keyboards, popped the letters off and attached them to a shirt. The shirt is going to state with the team members tomorrow. 10th grader Austin Hagen says the shirt can even be used in a game.

AUSTIN HAGEN - Robotic Team Member: “It is a word find every team member name is on here, so there are two austins on our team one on the arm and one on the back.”

The Robotic Team from Detroit Lakes will compete against hundreds of other teams this week in the Twin Cities. Last year, they also competed in the International Event in St. Louis.

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