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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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