The Name of The Game…

Posted by Lori Dale On April 23, 2019 Comments Off on The Name of The Game…

Last year FIRST suprised it’s teams by announcing the name of the games in all 4 of it’s programs at the Championships ceremonies in Houston. The games also had a common theme (FIRST Launch). This year they repeated that strategy by announcing the game names and the common theme. They have not given many details,  [ Read More ]

Making Plans for Summer

Posted by Lori Dale On April 16, 2019 Comments Off on Making Plans for Summer

After a couple of weeks to rest up, and for our students to get caught up on their homework, the Gearheads met this week to plan for the next few months. We have a fairly busy late spring and summer planned. Our next big project is to build a showbot for parades, assemblies, and similar  [ Read More ]

10K Lakes Recap

Posted by Lori Dale On April 9, 2019 Comments Off on 10K Lakes Recap

The Gearheads competed at our annual regional competition in Williams Arena on Mar. 28-30. The team competed with 62 other teams. We are proud to share with our followers that we ranked as high as 6th and finished qualification matches ranked 12th. We were selected by the 8th ranked alliance to play on their alliance.  [ Read More ]

Day 1 Is Done, On to Day 2

Posted by Lori Dale On March 28, 2019 Comments Off on Day 1 Is Done, On to Day 2

The Gearheads finished our practice day today with plenty of opportunities to gain on the field practice for the drive team. We won our first match, and were able to start on level 2 of the hab, which is worth a couple of extra points. We were also able to pick up hatch panels that  [ Read More ]

Blasting Off for Destination Deep Space

Posted by Lori Dale On March 27, 2019 Comments Off on Blasting Off for Destination Deep Space

This week the Gearheads will pack up our robot, tool box and carts and head to the University of Minnesota for our competition at Williams Arena. We leave Wednesday and set up the pit, Thursday we will compete in practice matches, Friday and Saturday morning will be the qualification matches. Friday afternoon will be the  [ Read More ]

A View Of Our Week

Posted by Lori Dale On March 20, 2019 Comments Off on A View Of Our Week

They say that a picture is worth 1000 words, so this week we are giving you 3 pictures (3000 words) plus a few more to spare. We added a rail to our cart to hold our bumpers. We are also installed some new robot supports. We made some improvements to our drivers station. We also  [ Read More ]

Pressing our Buttons

Posted by daviddalegearhead On March 13, 2019 Comments Off on Pressing our Buttons

On Monday the team received our new button press. Natalie, Hannah, and Kaylin, with the help of Barb, ¬†got a good head start on the buttons for the regional. We also mounted our hatch pickup device to our practice bot and pre-wired it so it will be easy to affix it to the competition robot.  [ Read More ]

Getting Ready for Competition

Posted by Lori Dale On March 5, 2019 Comments Off on Getting Ready for Competition

This week the team wired up the testbot chassis to test out our floor pick up mechanism. It will be part of our 30 lbs. that we can add to our robot at competition. We hope to pick up some of the hatch panels that other teams drop on the field. Above a picture of  [ Read More ]