Prototyping A “Hailstorm”

Posted by Lori Dale On November 13, 2019 Comments Off on Prototyping A “Hailstorm”

I could not be at the meeting on Thursday (Nov. 7th), so mentor Zach wrote this up for the blog: On Thursday, we had a small crew and finished prototyping some ball shooter mechanisms. Nick and Ricky worked on the multi shooter, Carter and Evan worked on the Colson shooter, and Corey and Alan finished  [ Read More ]

Mock Kick-Off

Posted by Lori Dale On November 6, 2019 Comments Off on Mock Kick-Off

Since we have several new members, the Gearheads decided to run a mock Kick-Off this week. We used 2017, Steamworks, a favorite of our Coach. We had the students watch the game reveal video a couple of times so that they understood the nature of the game. We began by discussing the pros and cons  [ Read More ]

Gearheads Away and At Home

Posted by Lori Dale On October 30, 2019 Comments Off on Gearheads Away and At Home

Last weekend, Coach Corey Applegate assisted by mentors Lori and David Dale, taught a class in partnership with Community Education. The class was called “Eureka Engineering!”. Seven elementary school students enjoyed the opportunity to work with LEGO EV3 kits to assemble robots to battle and to race. They especially enjoyed the battle robots. The students  [ Read More ]

Building and Programming and Driving (Oh My!)

Posted by Lori Dale On October 23, 2019 Comments Off on Building and Programming and Driving (Oh My!)

This week our new team members and veterans divided into groups for working on different aspects of the team. One group worked on assembling gearboxes for our test bot that will have Colson’s wheels. Another group worked on getting spacers 3D printed with Coach Corey’s 3D printer. A third group worked with Corey, who is  [ Read More ]

MRI: Nails Were Bitten, the Robot Was “Sent”, and A Few Tears Were Shed

Posted by Lori Dale On October 16, 2019 Comments Off on MRI: Nails Were Bitten, the Robot Was “Sent”, and A Few Tears Were Shed

On Saturday, Oct. 12, the Gearheads participated in our last competition with our robot “Jupiter”. We started out well winning our first 2 matches, and we ended qualification matches well winning our last two matches. The ones in between were a bit rough, with heavy defense against our bot, and a few close losses. However,  [ Read More ]

Preparing for the Minnesota Robotics Invitational

Posted by Lori Dale On October 9, 2019 Comments Off on Preparing for the Minnesota Robotics Invitational

This weekend the Gearheads will be participating in our last competition with our 2019 robot, Jupiter. On Saturday, Oct. 12, we will be competing with 35 other teams at the Minnesota Robotics Invitational at Roseville Area High School. If there is a live-stream of the competition, we will post a link on the day of  [ Read More ]

New Driver Training

Posted by Lori Dale On October 1, 2019 Comments Off on New Driver Training

This week we gave some students who have not driven the robot or only driven once or twice before, the chance to drive. Since it is fall, this is a good time to train in students to new roles. Jamison and Gabe both had a good time driving Jupiter. We had 2 potential team members  [ Read More ]

First Meeting of The Year

Posted by Lori Dale On September 25, 2019 Comments Off on First Meeting of The Year

On Monday, the Gearheads had the first meeting of the 2019-20 school year. We decided to start meeting regularly on Monday nights at 5:30, unless we get a coach who can start the meetings earlier. We are going to work on different drive trains, train new team members and expand the skill set of the  [ Read More ]

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