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Weekly blog post update 2/13

Hello Blue Twilight!

This past Tuesday, our Chairman’s team turned in our Chairman’s submission items. A huge thank you to the students and mentors that helped put all of those together, as well as to everyone on the team that attended outreach events and filled out event forms and timesheets. We couldn’t have done this without you!


This Saturday, 6 of our 15 FTC teams competed in the Minnesota State FTC tournament. Congrats to The Q is Silqent and The Green Girls on their progression to Super Regionals, as well as to the rest of the teams that competed in the tournament! See an article written by Eagan’s own SunThisWeek here discussing the teams from District 196 that participated in state.



2/7 — Full Team Meeting

This past Tuesday, the full team met to give updates various aspects of the team, including the robot and Chairman’s. As was mentioned during the meeting, team unity is very important to us, especially with build season coming to a close. If students or mentors have any questions or concerns regarding conflict on the team, please contact the coaches (and/or captains if applicable) as soon as possible so that the matter can be appropriately addressed and resolved.


2/8-2/9 — Drive Team Tryouts

After two days of driver and human player tryouts, our drive team was finally announced! Our drivers will be Conner and Jake, our human players will be Katie and Alyssa, and our drive team lead is Josh.


2/11 — Week Zero Planning Meeting

With week zero just around the corner, team members met to give updates on various aspects of the event so that it is run smoothly.


Control Update

This past week focused on bringing the first version of the robot to a functional level, which included making sure the electronics and pneumatics were all functioning appropriately, while also programming the robot. We also worked on wiring, tubing, and testing all of the electronic and pneumatic components that will end up on the final robot, to ensure that mounting them takes as little time as possible in the upcoming week.


Mechanical Update

This week, Mechanical finished V1 and finished the “claws” mechanism on slides. Claws will be put on V2 which is already under construction as of last Saturday. We have made part drawings of all the pieces needed to be made for V2 with the help of Mr. Ben Trebesch. We will be continuing work on V2 and are attempting to be done for week zero.


MTR Update

This week MTR has been focusing on the scrapbook and updating the event submission forms. Since the build season is quickly coming to an end we had a planning meeting for the competition season. Over the next two weeks we will be finishing the scrapbook and the event submission forms. Thank you for everyone’s hard work so far!



Build Meetings

In order to finish up all that needs to be done for version 2 (V2) or the robot, the mechanical and control subteams will be meeting more often than just Tuesday and Thursday. All students and mentors are encouraged to attend in order to help get work done. Mechanical will be meeting Monday-Friday from 6:30-9:00pm, while Control will be meeting tonight from 6:30-9:00pm in addition to the regular Tuesday and Thursday meetings.


MTR Meetings

MTR will meeting to continue working on various projects. Meeting times for this week are Monday from 4:00-6:30pm, Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:30-9:00pm, and Thursday from 4:00-9:00pm.


2/14 — Full Team Meeting — Wood Shop — 8:00-9:00pm

The full team will be meeting again this upcoming Tuesday to provide updates on each subteam, including the progress of the robot. We will also have a student present our Woodie Flowers submission to our nominee.


2/16 — District 196 STEM Career Fair — Apple Valley HS — 6:30-8:30pm

After the success of the first STEM Career Fair held in 2013 by 2220, the district has put together an annual fair, held this year at Apple Valley High School. Unfortunately, this year it is held on an important build day for the team. We encourage students to attend as long as it doesn’t conflict with current projects. We have also been asked to provide a few students help clean up afterwards — a sign up will be sent out soon (this will count towards volunteer hours required for travel).


2/16 — Leads Meeting — Art Room — 8:00pm

The leads will be having an informal weekly leads meeting to give subteam updates and discuss various other topics.

2/16-2/17 (& 2/21-2/25) — Krispy Kreme Sales — EHS Commons — All lunches

Each year, the team hosts a fundraiser at the high school (and beyond) by selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Boxes of 12 doughnuts will be available to order beforehand with pick-up in early March. Sales will be taking place for students during all student lunches from the 16th to the 25th (no school on the 20th).


2/17-2/18 — Week Zero — EHS Commons and DHMS Cafeteria

Week Zero is almost here! Each year, Team 2220 hosts a practice competition during the last weekend of build seasons for local teams to test out their robots on a competition-like field. This event requires a lot of manpower from our team, so we expect all students, mentors, and parents to volunteer for as many slots as possible. There are a range of volunteer positions throughout Friday’s setup and Saturday’s competition and take-down; anyone can find a way to help out no matter their background.


See you this week!


Captains Morgan and Josh

Weekly blog post update 2/6

Hello Blue Twilight!

Week Zero planning is underway! Each year, Team 2220 hosts a practice competition during the last weekend of build seasons for local teams to test out their robots on a competition-like field. This event requires a lot of manpower from our team, so we expect all students, mentors, and parents to volunteer. Please mark your calendars for February 17th and 18th.

WIRES (Women In Robotics Empowering Sisters) needs female volunteers to run their booth at the District 196 STEM Fair as well as the week zero event.

An email was sent out a last week with signups for travelling to our upcoming regionals. Make sure to read through the provided information and RSVP by February 11th..



1/31 — 3M Eagan Design Review

Team 2220 went on a sponsor visit last Tuesday (1/31/17). We started off by going through the robots without borders trip and thanking them for their contributions to the trip. Then we started going through this year’s game and our strategies for competing. It was a great way to keep in contact with one of our big sponsors and update them on what we are doing.


1/31 — Full Team Meeting

At this past full team meeting, team members gave updates on current build season projects. Afterwards, there discussion and a vote on the name for the robot. The name choices were narrowed down to 2 top “candidates” (Iceberg and Quintessence) and it was decided that team members would have the week to “lobby” (in a graciously professional manner) and the final vote would be held at the next Full Team meeting.


2/2 — Rosemount Family STEM Science Night

At the Rosemount STEM night, we brought a FTC team’s robot from last year. After getting things set up, we let the kids drive the robot around. We also showed them Obsidian’s reveal video and this year’s game animation. We told parents about the summer camps we are looking into hosting and received contact info to send new to.


Control Update

A lot of time this week was spent on planning and mounting all electronic components onto the robot. By the end of Saturday, everything was all mounted and wired up, and we had motors that would run. But in order to get a functioning drivetrain, we had to mount pneumatics as well, which happened this Sunday, and we plan to make further progress with pneumatics tonight and through the rest of the upcoming week.


Mechanical Update

Mechanical was very busy this week as usual! We have finalized some things on the first robot like the shooter, meterer, and washer. We are above 80% accuracy for shooting high goal! We also worked on a new gear placer and hooked it up to slides. We plan on having drivers tryouts sometime this week, we will be letting more information out when we learn the actual date.


MTR Update

MTR had a great week and accomplished a lot. We visited did a total of 5 outreach events this week including 3 elementary schools, the STEM family science night, and the 3M design review. We worked on the website, social media, summer camps, and more.



General Build Season Work Time

We will be meeting to continue robot testing and tweaking throughout the week. Official meeting times are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-9:00pm, as well as Saturdays from 1:00-5:00pm. We will also be meeting beyond these times, and specifics will be communicated as they are decided upon as well as be added to the calendar. Make sure to attend as many extra meetings as possible — this is when a lot of the work gets done and we need all the manpower we can get!


MTR Meetings

MTR will meeting to continue working on various projects. Meeting times are Tuesdays from 6:30-8:00pm, Thursdays from 6:30-9:00pm, and Saturdays from 2:00-5:00pm.


2/7 — Full Team Meeting — Wood Shop — 8:00-9:00pm

This Tuesday, we will be meeting as a full team to give subteam, event, and project updates as well as hold the final vote on the robot name. As mentioned in a previous email, each name choice will have the opportunity for one representative to give a 2 minute presentation before the final vote. All students and mentors are encouraged to participate in the vote, but must be present as well as signed up for at least one volunteer position at Week Zero. This requirement is not meant to keep members from voting, but to encourage the necessity for volunteer slots to be filled as soon as possible. If you have any concerns or pre-existing conflicts that restrict your ability to volunteer, please talk to the coaches. See the tentative agenda here.


2/9 — Leads Meeting — Art Room — 8:00pm

The leads will be having an informal weekly leads meeting to give subteam updates and discuss various other topics. See the working agenda here.


2/11 — Week Zero Planning Meeting — 1:00-2:00pm

Team members will be meeting to continue general planning for the week zero event. All that would like to help plan this event are welcome to attend to provide input.


See you this week!

Captains Morgan and Josh