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Article posted: 12/12/2012 12:01 AM

Elgin teens win state robotics contest, headed to worlds

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Kristen and Matthew McKellar compete with other high school students on the robotics team, got robot?

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With a white board full of software notes behind him, Matthew McKellar keeps an eye on the robot as he guides it with a joystick.

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The got robot? team won a spot at the world robotics tournament last weekend with this robot, which they designed and built.

Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

Matthew McKellar, left, makes some mechanical adjustments to the team robot, also pictured above. Kristen and Matthew designed and built the robot that won last weekend's state championships.

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Two 15-year-olds from Elgin compete in tournaments packed with future engineers and programmers, not jocks. But the excitement, competitive energy and sportsmanship rival the traditional. And in their fifth year of competition, their team -- got robot? -- has secured a place in the world championships. "Even though we're there to compete, we're all there to learn," said Kristen McKellar.
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    • Kristen and Matthew McKellar compete with other high school students on the robotics team, got robot?
    • With a white board full of software notes behind him, Matthew McKellar keeps an eye on the robot as he guides it with a joystick.
    • The got robot? team won a spot at the world robotics tournament last weekend with this robot, which they designed and built.
    • Matthew McKellar, left, makes some mechanical adjustments to the team robot, also pictured above. Kristen and Matthew designed and built the robot that won last weekend’s state championships.
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