Turret Prototype and NASA STEM

Posted by Lori Dale On February 28, 2021 Comments Off on Turret Prototype and NASA STEM

This week we tested out the prototype for our turret. We were able to feed a game piece through the prototype of the mechanism when powered by a drill. The next step is to make the hood movable and motorize it. In other news, many of us have been watching the videos of the rover  [ Read More ]

It’s Alive!

Posted by Lori Dale On February 14, 2021 Comments Off on It’s Alive!

The Gearheads have been meeting twice a week since Kick-Off. We have torn the robot apart and are working on upgrading the intake with the goal of adding a turret. We also got the robot running. Aiden has written new programming, and it seems to be working. Since he wrote the program Aiden had the  [ Read More ]

January Highlights

Posted by Lori Dale On January 31, 2021 Comments Off on January Highlights

The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is well into its 2021 season, with alternative games and challenges necessitated by Covid. The Gearheads are meeting in-person twice a week with the option of virtual meetings with Build and Programming Coach Corey Applegate. During our in-person meetings, we have taken apart the intake and ball delivery mechanism from  [ Read More ]

A New Season and a Different Way of Doing Things

Posted by Lori Dale On January 10, 2021 Comments Off on A New Season and a Different Way of Doing Things

Yesterday (January 9th) was the Kick-Off of a new season for FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) students. Many things are different this year, but one thing that hasn’t changed is that the season began with a Kick-Off video. If you are curious, it can be found here The video is a bit long, so I set  [ Read More ]

It’s Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas

Posted by Lori Dale On December 20, 2020 Comments Off on It’s Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas

As we approach the holidays, the Granite City Gearheads would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season. We hope that you have relaxing times with family, special memories, and health. For us, the last couple of weeks have felt “a lot like Christmas” because some of our sponsors have continued their support of our  [ Read More ]

Jumpstart Videos On YouTube

Posted by Lori Dale On November 24, 2020 Comments Off on Jumpstart Videos On YouTube

In the last 2 blogs, I mentioned that the Jumpstart videos would be posted on YouTube. That happened last week. I believe that most, if not all, of the sessions from the first 2 Saturdays of Jumpstart are on the channel. There is one more Saturday of Jumpstart on Dec. 5th. Those sessions will also  [ Read More ]

Jumpstart pt. 2

Posted by Lori Dale On November 15, 2020 Comments Off on Jumpstart pt. 2

On Saturday, Nov. 14, the second session of Jumpstart offered FIRST Robotics Competition teams the chance to get some early training in multiple areas. Gearheads build coach Corey Applegate led a session in Motion Magic. This class was about “using Cross The Road Electronic motor controllers, and learning how to use the Motion Magic motion  [ Read More ]

Getting A Virtual Jumpstart On the Season

Posted by Lori Dale On November 1, 2020 Comments Off on Getting A Virtual Jumpstart On the Season

On Saturday, teams throughout Minnesota, and reportedly a team from Canada, and a team from Australia, attended the first of 3 Virtual Jumpstart events this year. Jumpstart is a training event started by Becker Robotics team 4607. As the Central Minnesota Robotics Hub grew it took on the administration of the event. It includes sessions  [ Read More ]

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