White Mountain Robotics team members

Six members of White Mountain Robotics team stand behind their robot, “Mango,” at the Northern Arizona University field house at the AZ/NM First Tech Challenge State Championship in March. White Mountain Robotics, aka Juggerbots, from left: Ella Willis, Susannah Rowles, Katie Brimhall, Gideon Brimhall, Brylan Clark, Zak Foutz. (Team members not pictured are Bryce Johnson, Kaitlyn Johnson, Blake Johnson)

WHITE MOUNTAINS — The youth robotics team known as the White Mountain Juggerbots was recently notified they are one of five finalists for a $3,000 cash prize from Cable One through their #DreamBigger contest.

In fact, the local robotics team is the only finalist from Arizona, according to Cable One.

“I wanted to let you know that we have a finalist from your area: White Mountain Robotics,” wrote Cable One Communications Manager, Tamara Gabel, in an email to the Independent.

“Public voting is underway and individuals can vote once per day through April 3 by visiting the www.cableone.net/contest website,” she stated.

More about the

Juggerbots

“White Mountain Robotics, aka’Juggerbots’ are a non-profit community group that served 17 kids this year from Lakeside to Holbrook,” says coach Jennifer Brimhall. “The group is run entirely by volunteers.”

“The name of their robot is “Mango,” says Brimhall. “The team was eating a bag of dried mangos from Costco and were being a little silly!”

She explained that the club members raise about $20,000 on their own each school year in order to participate and compete in local, regional and state competitions,” adds Brimhall. “Winning something like this would really help them in their efforts to apply for scholarships.”

Most robotics clubs in local schools operate independently, as they are not part of the school curriculum. For this reason, they are not part of an overall district budget such as some sports, music, academic decathlon or theater/performing arts programs.

For more information, or to vote for White Mountain Robotics, visit www.cableone.net/contest.

Reach the reporter at lsingleton@wmicentral.com

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