Author Archives: Emily Boehm

Gitchi Gummi

This past weekend was a blast at the Gitchi Gummi Get Together hosted by the Duluth East Daredevils (2512). This was our first pre-season event with incoming rookies who were ready to get involved and helped them start to figure out what they want to do on the team. This event offered everyone on the team the opportunity to drive the robot and work in the pit. Some matches went well and others not so well and things broke but it gave the incoming rookies a look at what could happen during a regional with little time between matches.

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On the second day, we were picked by fourth seed alliance captain, Rock Solid Robotics (4656), and assisted them alongside the Granite City Gear Heads (3244). We won our first semi-finals match against the first seed alliance and lost the second one. We went into the third match and had to replay it because one of the defenses got knocked out of place. After restarting it, a defense got knocked out of place again. In the final replay, we ended up losing the match. We then played one last match to decide who would be third place. Our alliance ended up winning the match and placed third.

Overall, the event was fun and a great opportunity for everyone on the team and a huge shoutout to the Daredevils for hosting the event for the third time. Now, we have time to prepare and fix the things needed for upcoming events like Woodbury Days and the Minnesota Robotics Invitational.

Build Season Day 14

The intake mechanism was chosen tonight. We are going with an intake dubbed as “The Dream” instead of a roller bar intake. For everyone wondering what “The Dream” is, you’ll just have to stick around until the end of build season to find out!

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Today was a slower day without many people in the shop but a lot of stuff got done today. The awards team met and started talking about the different awards and even made a few decisions for some of the awards this season. CADers are busier than ever as they start working on CADing the real robot. With all the stuff going on there is certainly no shortage of work to be done.

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Milling continues and the millers were hard at work today and finished up the stuff they had been working on for a bit which means that once parts are finished in CAD, the machinists can quickly get on top of machining final parts for both the practice robot and the competition robot.

Build Season Day 13

Tonight was a busy night in the shop. From testing final prototypes to milling more parts, there was definitely no shortage of things going on. Moving into tomorrow, testing will continue and we will be making our decision on what type of intake we want. The CADers are busy working on parts for the robot and the coders are working more on some basic code to test on a robot from a previous year.

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Tomorrow brings week two of build season to an end and we move into week three which will bring much work with it as we transition into building the robot instead of prototyping. Check back tomorrow for another update!

Build Season Day 12

Milling has officially begun in the shop! With the decisions on the design of the robot being made, the time has come for milling parts to commence. The CADers are hard at work creating the parts for the millers to get to work on. Week two is flying by fast and it’s hard to believe that week three is fast approaching.

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A decision on what type of shooter was made tonight and we have decided on a catapult and will have the intake decision on Saturday after some more testing can be done on a roller intake mechanism. With everything going on, the shop is abuzz with tons of activity. The code team has also been hard at work with getting some basic code.

With all that’s happening, we are most definitely busy but things are moving along at a quick pace. Make sure to check in for upcoming blogs for information on our Shop Open House that will be next week/weekend.

Build Season Day 2 – Stronghold!

Day 2 of build season and the team is hard at work with prototyping and talking strategy for the game. The veteran team members have been helping the new team members finding their place on the team and getting them into the grove of things. With everybody hard at work, a lot is getting done whether it be working on protyping, CADing, or a multitude of other things.

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The subteam leads had their first “stand up” today and discussed the progress being made. After the discussion, the leads then met with their teams and began working again. As the field elements are being finished up, the Calculators have been working on ways to get across the different types of defenses and into the other alliance’s courtyard.

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With all the different designs of shooters, intakes, and drivetrains being tested, the team has lots to do in the days to come. Check back in tomorrow for another update.

Minnie Mini Regional

This past Saturday, we went down to Prior Lake to compete at the Minnie Mini Regional hosted by team 2169, King TeC. The competition started out fairly well with almost everything working. We had rookie drivers as well as our primary drivers competing and everything went smoothly with minimal mishaps and breaks.

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We were the first place team for a while but ended up being the captains of the second seed alliance after the qualification matches ended. The first team to join us was team 4536, MinuteBots. Then we chose team 3102, TNT, as our second choice. Finally, team 4687, Spartans, were chosen as the backup team on the alliance.

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The first match of the elimination rounds was a hard one to watch because our robot didn’t work for reasons unknown. Thankfully, we got it up and running again for the other elimination matches. Coming back from a not-so-good start, we were able to boost our average and end up taking the third place alliance spot. We even made two five stacks capped with a container and noodle in sixty seconds which is the fastest time we’ve ever done that.

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Overall, the whole team had lots of fun and we can’t wait for kickoff in six weeks.

Minnesota Robotics Invitational

This past Saturday, we went to Roseville High School to attend the Minnesota Robotics invitational. While there, we got to see many teams we don’t normally see as well as a few that we see often. It was a great opportunity for the new members of the team to find out what it is like at a competition and it gave them a chance to interact with other teams and begin to find their place within the team.

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Though the robot wasn’t completely operational until the later matches, we were picked by the third seed captain, team 4536, MinuteBots, as the first choice. We were joined by the Royal T-Wrecks and Firebears for the second and third pick. We didn’t make it past semi-finals but were the third place alliance.

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Overall, we had loads of fun interacting with all the teams and competing again with our Recycle Rush robot. We can’t wait to attend the Minnie Mini-Regional competition on November 21st.

3M Robots Invade the Plaza

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Yesterday we attended the 3M Robots Invade the Plaza with fourteen other FRC Teams sponsored by 3M including the E.R.R.O.R.s, the Royal T-Wrecks, the Data Bits, and Blue Twilight. Employees and their kids were able to drive a variety of robots including our robot, Trap. We handed out custom made buttons to the people who came by to drive and shoot the frisbees.

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The day was very windy which made the frisbees go a lot higher and farther than usual. Some of the E.R.R.O.R.s started playing a game to see who could catch the most frisbees out of the robot making it fun for everyone there. After participating in the robot parade, we continued allowing others to drive and even knocked over a tote stack with the robot. The teams then joined in the cafeteria for lunch and cake while Blue Twilight thanked 3Mgives on behalf of all the teams sponsored by them.

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We’ll be heading to Symantec in Roseville on Monday with Trap and Atlas to demo at their company picnic.

Trap Update

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Today a few team members spent some time at the shop fixing up Trap’s bumpers to prepare him for the 3M Robots Invade the Plaza tomorrow while a few others finished up Atlas for the Symantec Pinic on Monday.

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After a few hours of making buttons and working on the robots, we loaded up what we needed for the demo and left the shop. A big shout out to the group of students and mentors that worked long and diligent hours in the shop to get Trap and Atlas done.

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