Summer is Coming!

Posted by Lori Dale On May 29, 2019 Comments Off on Summer is Coming!

With only a few days left of school, everyone is ready for summer fun and sunny days. That doesn’t mean that the Gearheads or robotics in Central Minnesota is done for the year. We are working on several summer plans. We will be in 3 parades this summer-Waite Park/SpassTag/Grand Day, St. Cloud/Granite City Days, and St. Joseph/Jo Town Rocks, If you are planning on coming to any of the parades be looking for us, and our candy distributing robot “Candybot”.

The float, in the process of being built

We also have a summer competition in July in Duluth. The Gitchi Gummi Get Together, is a fun, low-stress competition and a great way to train in new team members. We would love to see you come cheer us on. It may also be live-streamed to watch online if you cannot make it. We will post a link if that is the case.

Since it hasn’t happened yet, we cannot include pictures from this year, but here is a picture from last year. In addition to the robotics competition, it often includes other fun contests. Last year they had a “mash up” game called FIRST Power Works- a combination of FIRST Power Up with elements from Steamworks. In one of the early rounds, we tied with our friends the Firebears and had a “dance off” to break the tie.

Natalie and Hannah in the “Dance Off” tie-breaker for “FIRST Powe Works” last year

Our final plan (so far) for the summer is the FIRST Showcase at the Benton County Fair. The Gearheads robot will be on display, as well as other local FIRST teams in its programs from 4th-12 grades. Two of our mentors are helping to plan this event to let the Central Minnesota communities know what FIRST is and how much fun it can be! This will be a first for us and we are hoping to make new friends for FIRST Robotics in Central Minnesota.

In other news, there will be a “camp” this summer through Community Ed. called “Eureka Engineering!”. This camp is for students in 3rd-6th grade to introduce them to robotics and engineering, and FIRST Robotics. Students will build robots with Lego parts to accomplish tasks. (Who doesn’t love Legos?) They are the same materials that they would use on a FIRST Lego League (FLL) team. We like to think of it as building students while they build robots!

This is one example of the robots that will be used at the camp.

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