g i d a k i i m a n a a n i w i g a m i g robotics and fluid power



Robofest 2012 video

Robofest 2011

Robofest 2010

FIRST!Robotics 2009

FIRST!Robotics 2008

2008 brought the Cloquet/AlBrook community it's first ever opportunity with FIRST!ROBOTICS, a nationally acclaimed student robotics competition designed for 9th - 12th grade students to build a computerized robots from scratch.

anihinabeg ogichidag team worked with parents and teachers to produce a successful robot, placing 27 out of 50 during their first year of compettion. Over 45 students from AlBrook High School, Fond du Lac Ojibwe Middle and High Schools, Greenway Middle and High Schools, Cloquet High School and Middle Schools, and Woodland Middle School came together after school and on weekends to study, prepare, build and rebuild the robot.

The 2009 competition again worked with students and parents to compete in FIRST!Robotics placing 32th out of 64 teams.

2010 began VEX Robotics at AlBrook School, now South Ridge School. Annual local and regional competitions are offered in earlySpring with National competitions in early May

2011 began STEAM afterschool for Grades 2-6. Students begin buidling simple machines with legos allowing them to eventually program We-do legos to perform simple tasks and actions.

2012 STEAM continued and grew at South Ridge School. CCEFP's continued support allowed expansion of both the 7-12 afterschool and classroom Robotics but built the elementary program.

These opportunity are made possible through relationships built by ISD2142 American Indian Student Services, South Ridge School, gidakiimanaaniwigamig (area seasonal STEM camping program), the University of Minnesota's Center of Compact and Efficient Fluid Power(CCEFP) and the Northland Learning Center.



fluid power


The Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power sponsors an annual competition for 8th graders to build and program a robot that incorporates fluid power to operate and complete a number of tasks. In 2009 students from the Cloquet and AlBrook schools attended.

Sponsored by the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and the University of MN, Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power, and ISD2142 American Indian Student Services.



lego engineering

We-do 2011-12

We-do 2010-11

We-do 2009-10

MAST 2007 AlBrook

legocamp 2007

legocamp 2006

gidakiimanaaniwigamig has been working with lego's in summer camps, after school programs and weekend camps. Designed and creating well engineered buildings, bridges and vehicles begins with tinkering. Lego's allow for necessary trial and error study.

2009-2010 afterschool enrichment programs for students 2nd grade - 4th grades began working with We-Do's. Fond du Lac Ojibwe School and AlBrook participated in a demonstration at the HS VEX Robfest.

2011-12 We-do's STEAM after school program at South Ridge will demonstrate their robots again at the Regional Robotron held at South Ridge School March 30th, 2012

Sponsored by the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College and the University of MN, Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power, the Northland Learning Center, Virginia, MN and ISD2142 American Indian Student Services.