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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

Weekly blog post update 1/30

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. See the sign-up sheet here.

An email was sent out a short while ago with signups for travelling to our upcoming regionals. Make sure to read through the provided information and RSVP as soon as possible.

1/24 — Full Team Meeting

This past Tuesday, the full team met to give subteam updates and discuss various necessary items.

1/28 — Week Zero Meeting

Team members helping organize the upcoming Week Zero event met to give updates on the various aspects of planning.

Control Update

This week, after determining pneumatics would be necessary on our robot, we built a functioning pneumatic system that held pressure for a decent amount of time. We were able to determine what new components we might need to make this pneumatic system as leak-proof as possible. We also worked on creating a new universal controller board, which will now have to be redesigned due to the addition of the pneumatics system on the robot. Finally, after putting encoders on to the prototype drivetrain, we were able to program the robot to drive more reliably, which enable our autonomous programs to be more successful.

Mechanical Update

This week the mechanical sub team got a lot of work done on the first robot. They got drive train, collector, raiser, and washer completed. With only the shooter and hopper left to mount they plan on having a mechanically finished robot on Thursday.

MTR Update

Throughout the week, More Than Robots (MTR) successfully transferred our website to a new hosting domain, submitted another grant for the team, continued to plan for Week Zero, and make multiple updates to our website. MTR students learned the importance of a healthy night’s sleep to keep up with the constant demands of our busy build season! This next week, MTR students will be continuing to plan for Week Zero while making more changes to the website.

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.

1/30 — Booster Club Meeting — Room 80 — 7:00pm

The booster club will be having its monthly meeting. All are welcome to attend to provide input.

1/31 — 3M Eagan Design Review

A small group of students and mentors will be meeting at the 3M Eagan facility to give a brief presentation on our robot design and receive input from the company’s experienced engineers.

1/31 — Full Team Meeting — Commons — 8:00pm

This Tuesday, we will be meeting as a full team to give subteam updates and cover various other items. All are encouraged to attend to participate in team discussions and decisions.

2/2 — 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.

2/4 — Photography Training — Graphics Lab — 2:00-3:00pm

This Saturday, MTR has set up a photography training session to teach attendees about the technical and conceptual aspects of effective photographs. While not a requirement, this session is open to the full team and it is highly encouraged that students attend if they are interested.

2/4 — Week Zero Planning Meeting

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

Weekly blog post update 1/24

Hello Blue Twilight!

1/17 — Full Team Meeting

This past full team meeting, team members finalized various strategy decisions: we have switched to the shorter, wider robot size dimensions as well as set a deadline for robot build (Tues. Jan 31st). Groups also presented various prototypes to the full team for review.

Control Update

This week, Control finished up the 2nd universal controller, mounted it onto the prototype drivetrain, and had a functional drivetrain running by the end of Sunday (1/22). We managed to update the software for our roboRIOs and a few laptops, which are all now 2017 software. We continued to make some progress on the robot vision, but it still needs work which will be one of the things we continue to work on this upcoming week. Looking into the upcoming week, we will be mounting electronics onto the final robot, programming it, and trying to get the Pixy Cam working for the robot.

Mechanical Update

This week mechanical completed prototyping, making the gear holder on the final robot and completed the drive train frame on the final robot. We plan on finishing our robot by the 29th so that means lots of meetings this upcoming week!

MTR Update

More Than Robots (MTR) had a busy week trying to plan out our website hosting transfer as well as planning for Week Zero. Currently, we’re working with EaganTV to coordinate their involvement in recording and broadcasting our Week Zero event. In addition, MTR has been busy working with mentors this past week to give our social media, website, and photography skills an extra boost in content and quality. More Than Robots (MTR) has specifically learned the importance of being close to robot action this week as we continuously recorded our prototypes in action. This next week, MTR hopes to take even more pictures as our team’s prototyping and plans grow, as well as successfully transfer our website to a new hosting domain for a better experience for all.

1/24 — Full Team Meeting

The team will be meeting after general build to give updates, present ideas, and finalize decisions.

Build Meeting Times

We will be meeting to finalize design and build the robot. Official meeting times are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30-9:00pm, as well as Saturdays from 1:00-5:00pm. To meet our planned deadline of next Tuesday, build will be meeting every night this week from 6:30-9:00pm; please attend whenever possible.

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.

1/28 — Week Zero 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.

1/30 — Booster Club Meeting — Room 80 — 7:00pm

The Eagan Robotics Booster Club will be having their monthly meeting. All are welcome to attend.

See you this week!


Captains Morgan and Josh

Weekly blog post update 1/16

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. A sign-up sheet will be sent out within the next few weeks.

With work on Chairman’s in full swing, it’s very important that all students keep up with their timesheets! A laptop will be available at all Saturday meetings for students to sit down and enter in any missing information. However, timesheets should be updated more often if possible.

 

 

1/9 — Strategy Meeting

Team members continued discussions on game strategy by analyzing the potential and complexity of various strategy options. From there, team members began building rough prototypes to get an idea of the time needed to complete various strategy options effectively.

1/10 — Skyline Brainstorming Session

Team members had the opportunity to attend a brainstorming session with Apple Valley High School’s FRC team that was hosted by Skyline Exhibits, a longtime sponsor of Eagan Robotics. Students were given a presentation on project management before having a brief discussion on game strategy.

1/10 — Full Team Meeting

At this week’s full team meeting, team members presented various prototypes. Attendees then used information gathered throughout previous strategy meetings to decide on our top 3 game strategy options: 1. Gear placement, high goal shooting, climbing; 2. Gear placement, high goal shooting; 3. Gear placement, defense, climbing.

 

Control Update

This week, the Control Subteam worked on refining vision processing through a new camera, as well as a basic electronics board prototype.

 

Mechanical Update

This week, Mechanical worked on our strategy planning, score analysis, and prototyping. We have prototyped three shooters, one collector, three ball management systems, a drive train and a gear holder. We learned how much of a challenge space management will be as well as how we plan to get our shooter more accurate. We plan to make some final decisions on our robot for this year so we can start building the final design.

 

MTR Update

This past week, More Than Robotics (MTR) worked hard alongside the build subteams. While the build subteams were busy prototyping, MTR worked with mentors to post to Twitter and Facebook, update our team’s website, and edit team pictures. Overall, MTR is learning how to cover this unique build process! With our fast paced build subteams, MTR is learning how to best cover our team’s progress. Next, MTR is hoping to work alongside the Control and Mechanical in the commons. We’ll see you all there!

 

 

General Build Time — Shops

We will be meeting to continue robot prototyping and build 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.

 

MTR Meetings — Graphics Lab

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.

 

1/17 — Week Zero Meetings (FMS and Concessions) — Art Room — 6:30-7:30pm

The groups planning the Field Management System and the concessions for Week Zero will be meeting to plan out their specific parts of the event. All students, parents, and mentors that would like to assist with these are welcome to attend.

 

1/17 — Full Team Meeting — Art Room — 8:00-9:00pm

We will be meeting each week as a full team after Tuesday’s work time to provide updates on various projects as well as finalize any necessary full-team decisions. All members are highly encouraged to attend.

 

1/19 — Leads Meeting — Art Room — 8:00-9:00pm

The leads will be having an informal recurring leads meeting each Thursday to discuss the progress of build season and make any necessary leads decisions.

 

1/21 — Week Zero Planning Meeting — 3:00-4:00pm

Those helping with Week Zero will be regrouping to discuss progress on the event planning. All are welcome to attend.

 

See you this week!

 

Captains Morgan and Josh

Week Five 2016

Only five weeks into the build season and Team 2220 already has much accomplished.  At this point much of our robot is built and everything “feels fairly ready for regionals” which is right on par with the goals that we had for ourselves last week.

After speaking with the mechanical subteam, we learned that even though they have only some of the robot built, the parts that aren’t built are currently organized so it will all be readily available to put together in a matter of days. Maggie S., mechanical co-lead compared it to a game of Tetris stating that if “you were lining all of the blocks up beforehand, for some reason… [and] people were just looking at where all the blocks were all gonna line up” it would appear as if there was nothing was there. But then “as soon as you press fall, you don’t have to do any work, they all just fall perfectly; we lined everything up and now it’s all falling into place.” In addition to this we learned that the new implementation of a whiteboard in their workspace has made things significantly easier for the team. As stated by Maggie, “it forces us to talk to each other” and also gives an “at a glance tell [at] what we’re working on”.

Control is currently working on their electronics board—specifically a new design for it, because with the way that our robot works the electronics board wouldn’t have fit. They’ve been working hard along the mechanical subteam since then to get it to work. They came up with a new design and Alyssa R., mechanical subteam member, describes the changes needed on the electronic board as simple things such as “cut[ting] it down” in length, “cut[ting] out a couple of holes for the motors and then also for the gears” and just in general trying “to make it flat[ter]” and smaller.  They are also currently “working with [the] new encoder” and as Arunima B., control sub-team lead stated, and “it’s actually really nice”.

The subteam More Than Robots has been continuing to maintain the blog and social media for Team 2220. In addition to this we’ve updated our display case with new pictures, bright blue paper, cut

out lettering, and clean trophies to attract the eyes or more students in the halls of EHS. MTR has also been continually communicating with other teams for the upcoming Week Zero event to make sure everything runs smoothly.

For next week Blue Twilight hopes to finish building the robot and get the electronics board successfully and securely onto the robot.

Week Four 2016

Week four of the build season has begun, and Team 2220 has already completed many of their goals from last week. Our three subteams have been working in unison to make our build season as safe and entertaining as possible. The subteams have constantly been communicating between each other so everyone knows the status of the robot.

Our mechanical subteam has been busy working with the control subteam while expecting machined parts from sponsors. Co-lead Maggie Swanson said “we already have most of [the parts], and hopefully the rest of them will be getting here Tuesday.” This week, they created prototypes for the high goal shooter and lifting mechanism. So far, they have both been successful.

The control subteam has been making the electronic board for our robot, creating classes for our code, and using a website called GitHub so the code can be easily classified. Each class is meant for a specific area of the robot so, for example, there’s a class for driving and a separate class for the talons. Co-Lead Arunima Bhattacharya says, “we have a design ready for the electronics board that should be completed by the end of Saturday.”

The MTR subteam has been working on our Chairman’s requirements and also has been continuing their weekly series on Twitter in which they give tips for providing our insight to new and old teams. “We started the 2220 tips series to provide other teams and our community with important things we’ve learned,” says Co-Lead Morgan Davies. Along with these things, the website is in the process of being updated to include a new page dedicated specifically to safety.
For this upcoming week, the mechanical subteams hopes to have completed the first drive train. The control subteam hopes to simplify their code so it’s less complicated and it’s smoother, finish up their electronics board, and get everyone to use GitHub so they know when code was made and who it was made by.  The MTR subteam is going to be finishing up Chairman’s, making safety videos, updating social media and the blog, and updating the website.

Week Three 2016

Team 2220 Blue Twilight Week 2

Now that we are in the third week of the build season, Team 2220 has been developing our robot for optimum performance in the 2016 game FIRST Stronghold. There has been continuous cooperation between MTR, Control, and Mechanical sub teams to certify that the team is firing on all cylinders.

The mechanical subteam is getting a head start by ordering the custom motors and controllers for the robot through our generous sponsors. This week, they have focused on building our FrankenDrive, our test drivetrain for the beginning build weeks. Through mentor guidance, mechanical has worked through three versions of this drivetrain to ensure a functional design. For this upcoming week, the mechanical team will be working with the parts we receive back from our sponsors to construct our first drive train as well as finalizing the FrankenDrive.

The control subteam has been developing the electronic board to then mount onto our drivetrain. A great thing about our current electronic board is that it’s modular, meaning it can removed and worked on at home which will make it easier to be improved. For this upcoming week the team is to work on organizing the code into classes and then mounting the board onto the drivetrain. In past years, our control subteam has struggled to work efficiently with the code due to the coding structure. As Arunima B. explained, to then fix this problem “[they] have created specific classes that deal with specific parts of the code to try to eliminate using so many different segments of code.” So far, this system has worked smoothly!

The MTR (More Than Robots) has been working on a new series of tweets titled #2220tips, where we give pieces of advice to both rookie and veteran teams that we have learned throughout our ten years of being a team. For this upcoming week, we are planning to update and finalize the Team 2220 and BlueDevil websites. In terms of safety, our Safety Captain has focused on getting everyone their newly personalized safety glasses that have been decorated with puffy paint, duct tape, and sharpies. 

As we work on their individual subteam goals, our whole team has been working hard to ensure that this year’s game FIRST Stronghold will be the best one yet. We also are looking forward to the Eagan Week Zero tournament which will take place on February 20, 2016.

Team 2220 Blue Twilight Week 2