Posted by daviddalegearhead On December 20, 2012 Comments Off

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FIRST Robotics Team 3244

Us at the 10,000 Lakes Regional 2013

(Not pictured: Nick Asplund)

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. Last year, 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, Aerial Assist, at The 10,000 Lakes' Minnesota Regional at The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. The game objectives were announced at Kickoff on January 4th.

The game is played with six robots, three to each alliance, all working together in a 25 by 54 ft.d field. The match is 2 minutes and 30 seconds long. This year, the competition is called Aerial Assist. Each alliance is randomly grouped with two other teams to compete against another alliance of three teams. The main focus is assisting other robots in scoring an exercise ball in four different goals: Two on the ground for 1 point, or two five feet off the ground for 10 points. Teams can earn up to 30 bonus points by assisting other alliance robots in passing the ball to one of the goals. The game focuses heavily on assisting, as the ranking is most heavily based on assists. The alliance team with the most points wins.

We welcome others to come in and see what we're working on during our meets. We meet at Apollo High School, weekdays during build season (Monday-Saturday), starting at 3:15, barring cancellations for weather or other interferences. If you have any questions feel free to contact us at
Our first match of the finals at the 10,000 Lakes Regonal Match 1

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