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03/02/11 — Inspired by nuts and bolts

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Inspired by nuts and bolts

By Becky Barclay
Published in News on March 2, 2011 1:46 PM

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Joshua Pickel, left, works on the arm of the 4-H robot while his dad, Aaron Pickel, center, one of the adult mentors, and team member Michael Spears look on. The robot has been entered into the USFIRST Robotics Competition, which will be held April 7 through 9 in Raleigh.

Michael Spears was helping perfect the arm of Karen the robot. As it raised up and down, it kept knocking into another part -- a major disappointment for the team of nine building the mechanical contraption. Eventually, the kink...

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