Robotics team goes back to the ’50s

Rogers High School students will experience a “Blast from the Past” Wednesday, Oct. 3, and the Elk River Area School District robotics program stands to benefit.

Students will dress up that day like teenagers from the ’50s and finish the day off at the ’50s-style Denny’s Diner in Rogers.

The homecoming committee proclaimed Wednesday, Oct. 3 as Blast from the Past Day.

The event at Denny’s has been arranged by Mark Durand, the head robotics coach for Elk River area schools and members of his robotics team.

“We like to try fundraisers that are different and unique,” Durand said, acknowledging the community already has its share of $1 candy bar sales for $2.

A portion of the proceeds at Denny’s will go to the robotics team, which will use the money to take part in a robotics competition. They hope the money will cover the cost of the kit needed to compete.

The robotics team did a build-your-own remote-control-car camp this summer and are selling the new LED light bulbs for less than you would pay at local retailers, Durand said.