Firebears Programming 1.19.17

The MN 10,000 Lakes Regional Leads Us to The FIRST World Championship!

This past weekend we were finalists at the Minnesota 10,000 Lakes Regional Tournament held at U of M in Minneapolis at Williams Arena.  In qualification rounds, we were ranked 4th in a field of 63 teams, making us an alliance captain for the finals.  We advanced through the quarter finals and semifinals, and then lost to the first place alliance.  Our alliance partners were the MinuteBots from Saint Paul and Team R.U.R from Prague in the Czech Republic.
The final ranking qualified us (and our two alliance partners) to go on to the FIRST World Championships from April 27 – 30, in Saint Louis, Missouri.  We also won two team awards, the Team Spirit Award and the the Industrial Safety Award.  The Team Spirit Award “Celebrates extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit through exceptional partnership and teamwork furthering the objectives of FIRST.”  The Industrial Safety Award “Celebrates the team that progresses beyond safety fundamentals by using innovative ways to eliminate or protect against hazards.”
We are so excited to be going to the World Championship!  A big thank you to all of our sponsors for helping us to accomplish great things.

2016 Competition in Duluth, MN – Imagery Award!

We won the Imagery Award in Duluth this year.

We won the Imagery Award in Duluth this year during the Lake Superior Competition on March 4, 2016

On the Blue Alliance this round.

On the Blue Alliance this round.  Early on in qualification matches.  In the end we scored 14th place overall and played in the 8th place alliance.

Making improvements before competition.

The mechanical sub-team working to make the best robot we can not long before bag day.

Open House 2016

Thank you to everyone who attended our open house on Feb 22, 2016. We got the robot to shoot high goals throughout the entire night, which kept parents and little siblings alike entertained. Team members received plenty of good feedback from family members, and overall the open house went pretty well. Guests enjoyed complimentary refreshments such as cookies, pretzels, and water, which gave them something to munch on while watching the show. The robot drove around and demonstrated its ability to breach defenses, while a slideshow of build season memories played in the background. Lastly, thank you to any sponsors who made the time to attend and get a look at our robot. If you can make it to the Duluth or 10,000 lakes competition, we look forward to seeing you there!

Arduino Programming

This Fall we’ll be using Arduino microcontrollers to teach programming and also to  cross-train with the electrical subteam.  Microcontrollers  are small computers that are well suited to  electrical hacking.

We’ll be writing little Arduino programs in C++, which is similar to the Java programming language we’ll use to program the big robots.

We’ll have a few loner computers available, but if you have your own laptop, it really helps to bring it in to the meeting.  Better yet, you can get a jump on things by preinstalling the software from .

Here’s a short video introduction to Arduino: