Signs of Life in the FRC

Posted by Lori Dale On April 18, 2021 Comments Off on Signs of Life in the FRC

As Spring brings new signs of life after a long winter, so it is with Robotics. It’s been a long journey through Covid-19, and while it’s not over yet, there are signs of life returning to “normal”. It may be a ‘new normal’ but it’s a start.

This weekend, the first in-person FRC competition in the US happened in our own state. Bemidji hosted the Northern Minnesota Robotics Conference Championship. The event was mostly for teams in their conference, but fellow Central Minnesota Robotics Hub team, 4607 CIS from Becker was there and made it to the elimination rounds, and nearby team 4480 UC Botics from Upsala made it to the finals. They nearly won, taking it to 3 matches and losing by the slimmest of margins, by a “hang”. Congratulations UC Botics! Hopefully, there will be more competitions to follow. We all have the “itch” for a chance to get back onto the field.

The team from Upsala

If you would like to see the competition it can be viewed on Twitch TV. Here is a link to the event:

Meanwhile back in Gearheads land, we would like to thank our Sponsor Grede Foundries for a second donation. We really appreciate your generosity with us! We couldn’t do it without your help!

We are in the process of finishing the almost total rebuild of our robot. The turret is done and we are working on getting the fuel from the intake into the turret. As soon as that is done we will release a robot reveal video and post a link here.


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