With the game release of FIRST Stronghold, the robotics community is buzzing, and Team 2220 is no exception! Blue Twilight is eager to get to competition despite it only being Week 2.
Team 2220’s goal for Week 1 was to focus on strategy first so we could build our best robot. The mechanical subteam explained that recent meetings have been very effective in making progress with strategy. Through much collaboration and discussion between members, both old and new, ideas are being refined into a plan that will carry us successfully into competition. Differing from last year, we’ve implemented a 5-step strategy deciding plan. As the mechanical leads expressed, while it takes more time to decide on a strategy, it makes sure we all pay attention to the small details. Co-lead Maggie Swanson stated that, “We want to keep our decisions transparent, but still timely.”
One challenge of FIRST Stronghold is that once the robot is past a certain point on the field, it is out of view for the rest of the game. This will be a major obstacle for teams, but with our careful planning Blue Twilight, and specifically our control subteam, hopes to eliminate that issue. Design Board/C.A.D.advisor, Adam Trebesch, explained that one of control’s long term goals is to be able to successfully drive the robot without actually looking at the field, specifically by “having [the field] completely mapped out on [a] screen”. This goal also encompasses “track[ing] where you are on the screen, balls, [and] other robots.”
The MTR subteam has been working hard as well this week to keep up-to-date coverage on all aspects of the team. With lots of guidance and support from student leadership, new members are able to grasp a better feel for that ins-and-outs of what goes into the upkeep of media and publicity. MTR’s goal for the upcoming week is to submit a grant to the Eagan Foundation. We are planning on using this money to build a replica of the field for FIRST Stronghold. While this replica greatly benefits our team, it will also benefit teams attending our Week Zero practice competition.
Looking at next week, the mechanical subteam aims to have the C.A.D. done by Sunday, and therefore, have the first version of the drivetrain completed and driving by next Saturday night. The control subteam is hoping to finalize their plan for the electronics board. The MTR subteam is currently working on a grant to help fund the field that we’re building. While it’s only Week 1, we’ve already accomplished a lot.