Posted by daviddalegearhead On December 20, 2012 Comments Off

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FIRST Robotics Team 3244

The team for 2016

(Not pictured: Rose Kellner, Kevin Haack)


We are the Granite City Gearheads, FIRST Robotics Team 3244, from St. Cloud, Minnesota. Our team is composed of about 20 creative and diverse students, ranging from 9-12 grades from  Apollo High SchoolTechnical High School, and  Cathedral High School.

Our rookie year was 2010, and during our regional we were surprised to find ourselves competing in the final match! Our alliance took 2nd place, and we were so proud. Two years ago, during Ultimate Ascent, we went to the FIRST Championship in St. Louis after being selected by the top alliance at the Minnesota 10,000 Lakes Regional. We had an awesome time! This year we're looking forward to working with our new mentors and returning members. Will be competing in this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition, Recycle Rush, at The 10,000 Lakes' Minnesota Regional at The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. The game objectives were announced at Kickoff on January 3rd.

The game is played with six robots, three to each alliance, working together in a 26 by 54 ft. field. The match is 2 minutes and 30 seconds long. Each team is randomly grouped with two other teams to compete against another alliance of three teams.Each alliance commands one tower, five defenses, and a ‘secret passage’ which allows their robots to restock on ammunition, called boulders. Points are awarded for scoring boulders in the low goals (2 points), scoring boulders in the high goals (5 points), and crossing an undamaged defence (5 points). Additional points are awarded at the end of the match by surrounding the opponent's tower (5 points per robot) or scaling the tower (15 points per robot).

We welcome visitors to come in and see what we're working on during our meets. We meet at Apollo High School in room C917, easily accessed through door 29 on the south side of the building. We are meeting on Mondays and Tuesdays starting at 5:30, barring cancellations for weather or other interferences. If you have any questions feel free to contact us at


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