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

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