Week 6- Precompetition and Stop Build

Posted by Lori Dale On February 19, 2019 Comments Off on Week 6- Precompetition and Stop Build

By the time that you read this, build season will officially be over, and the robot will be in the bag. It has been an intense build season, with exciting first steps on building the robot and some tough delays due to school closures. Over the weekend, we took the robot to a “Week 0  [ Read More ]

Week 5 Bumpers and Wires

Posted by Lori Dale On February 12, 2019 Comments Off on Week 5 Bumpers and Wires

This week we started building our bumpers. We make 3 sets, one orange, for presentations, and one blue and one red for competition. We have the wood frames made, and the pool noodles on the wood. We have the orange bumpers basically completed, and just need to put on the blue and red fabric to  [ Read More ]

Week 4- Of Days Lost, and Days Gained

Posted by Lori Dale On February 5, 2019 Comments Off on Week 4- Of Days Lost, and Days Gained

This week the Gearheads hit a little hiccup in their build. As most, if not all, teams in Minnesota, the “Polar Vortex” put a pause on not only school but our build team meetings. We managed to squeeze in a meeting last Monday, but were off on Tuesday and Wednesday. So we are slightly playing  [ Read More ]

Week 3 “Greater Than The Sum of It’s Parts”

Posted by Lori Dale On January 29, 2019 Comments Off on Week 3 “Greater Than The Sum of It’s Parts”

Aristotle said that “The Whole is greater than the sum of its parts” and so we think is our robot. This week the team worked on several different subsystems. Two of them were the hatch cover pick up, and the transport mechanism. We loosely based the hatch cover pick up on our gear pick up  [ Read More ]

Week 2- Prototyping the Bot

Posted by Lori Dale On January 22, 2019 Comments Off on Week 2- Prototyping the Bot

This week the Gearheads worked on prototyping the robot. We have the elevator and pick up mechanisms almost done. On Friday, we took the prototype to the Hub meeting at St. Michael-Albertville to show the other teams our ideas for the robot. We also built a mock-up of the level 2 platform, so that we  [ Read More ]

Of Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Posted by Lori Dale On January 15, 2019 Comments Off on Of Planes, Trains and Automobiles

This week the Gearheads began brainstorming and prototyping our robot for the 2019 competition season. It makes me think of the Movie “Plane’s, Trains and Automobiles” because that is a big part of the work for the week. Planes As in incline planes- we are working on the challenge of getting the robot onto the  [ Read More ]

Take Off for Deep Space!

Posted by Lori Dale On January 8, 2019 Comments Off on Take Off for Deep Space!

Saturday, the FIRST teams throughout the world learned the tasks that the robot has to complete this year. Here is the video: Monday and Tuesday, we started brainstorming possible ways to meet the challenge, building the parts of the game elements to test our robot on while prototyping, and reassembled Super Sir Antsabot for a  [ Read More ]

Get A Team Shirt

Posted by Lori Dale On January 2, 2019 Comments Off on Get A Team Shirt

This year, we decided to open up the shirt order form to our fans. We would love to see our fans wearing our shirts! Not only is it great to see those orange shirts when we are out and about, and especially at our competitions, but it helps cut the cost of the shirts a  [ Read More ]