Helena robotics team takes state, ready to ‘shock’ the world

Megan Michelotti

Helena’s Fusion 4133 robotics team has two things on their to-do list — win state and pack a bag with warm clothes to travel 1,800 miles to Houston for the robotics World Championships.

They’ve already accomplished one of those goals.

“It’s a really impressive group,” head coach Jamie Dushin said. “They’re all geniuses and hopefully this is the year they go and shock the world.”

Helena’s Fusion 4133 robotics team from left to right: Head coach Jamie Dushin, Lincoln Frederickson, Grady Dushin, Kathleen Cook, Zach Heller, Miranda Sheafor, Kate Dryan, Steele Hansing and Joey Keller.

Photo courtesy of Jamie Dushin

Fusion 4133 took first place in the robot game at the Montana FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Championships in Bozeman on Feb. 4-5. They will represent Montana at the championships in Houston on April 19-22 alongside 191 other teams. The last nine out of 10 years, Fusion 4133 has won state in Montana.

“This year, I was really excited for almost everyone on the team to experience what state was like when I started doing robotics because I think that’s one of the most special surprises,

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