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

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