Week Zero is a practice competition for teams who want to test their robot on a real game field. This year, Eagan High School hosted the event and we were able to practice driving the robot. Though we have some improvements to make, we are ready to enter the last week of the build season with full confidence.
Lift off! We had a crazy week preparing the robot for Week Zero. The business team finalized meal preparations for our regional, the North Star Regional on March 27-30, and planned this year’s scouting system. The Engineering sub-teams worked hard getting the robot ready for competition: the build team finished building the arms and the hatch suction cups for the competition robot, the software team continued to work on the vision code and started to work on the pneumatics code, and the CAD team continued to help the build team with building the robot.
Defrosting the engins! Though we did not have much practice time due to the polar vortex hitting us, we still got a lot done. The business team continued to send out weekly updates and started to prepare this year’s scouting system. The Engineering sub-teams have continued working on our competition robot: the build team finished the prototypes of the arm and have game pieces ready for practice, the software team have working visual code and have been working on autonomous coding, the CAD team finished the final animated design of the comeptition robot.
Mission control: Team 4215 ready for lift off! Our engineering team sub-teams had a great week: the build team started creating our competition robot, while our software team started to create a pneumatics prototype, and our CAD team worked on a design for the arm mechanism. The business team continued to send weekly emails to our team members and sent thank-you letters to our sponsors.
We had an awesome time blasting off into our first week of the season! Our engineering team had a great start: the build sub-team created a prototype of a hatch arm and a working mini-bot, the software sub-team updated our code from last year and programmed a working visual code, and the CAD team finished creating a prototype model of our lifting mechanism and our robot. The business team sent out emails to last year’s sponsors and created a communications schedule.
Are you guys ready to blast off into outerspace?
We are so excited to participate in this year’s theme: Deep Space. We will be competing in the North Star Regional, March 27-30. With 5 weeks until our first competition, we are hard at work getting our robot ready!
Watch the link for more information about the game:
Wow time flies when you are having so much fun!
2018 Season: Power UP! ended at Lake Superior Regional where we finished 51st with a record of 3-6-0.
We truly powered through the hardship of losing a dear mentor in February. During this time, we united together as a true family and came to competition with smiles on our faces. We thank all of the other teams who reached out to us with comfort.
FIRST Robotics is a wonderful community and we are excited to be back for the 2019 season!!
Dr. David O’Hanley was not only a phenomenal teacher at Trinity, but the founder and leader of the school’s robotics team. He cared about each and every one of the team’s members and dedicated so much of his time to making sure we did our best and had fun while doing it.
If you have a memory of him or comment you would like to share with the team, please feel free to leave it below.
We miss you so much, Dr. O; thank you for everything.
The team participated in Eagan’s Week Zero Event this past Saturday. The robot worked beautifully and consistently throughout the day, and we were able to learn what needs to be done before the Bag-and-Tag Tuesday night.
Thank you Eagan Robotics for hosting this event and for all of the volunteers that made the day possible.
The Business Team has continued in their outreach to sponsors and finalized plans for our trip to Duluth in March. The Build Team has built the lift and is finishing up on wiring the motors. They will be starting to assemble the Gyro mount, camera, and lights. The Programming Team has been finalizing their code for all of the wheels, intake, and lift, as well as the code for autonomous.