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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Highlight Videos available!

Two videos of highlights for the team are now available on Vimeo and YouTube. Go watch them to see in a visually engaging way how our team did this past year! One video is geared more toward the team itself and one is more geared toward sponsors and future team members.


Friday, May 14, 2010

End-of-year Banquet

The team held a banquet last night to celebrate a good year and to say goodbye to Kevin O'Connor, the founder of the Fighting Calculators and mentor for four years.  The team also watched the Chairman's Award video and a video of highlights from the year, which you can see below.

A summary of the year for our team in photos and videos.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Presentation at District 833 School Board Meeting

Yesterday evening the three Woodbury FRC teams (the Fighting Calculators, the ERRORs, and Woodbury High School's Stereotropic Prototype) presented at a school board meeting for school district 833.  A spokesperson from each team got up and collaboratively gave a presentation about what FIRST is, the partnership between the three Woodbury teams, and the results of participating in FIRST activities.  At the end of the presentation, both our robot and the ERRORs' robot deployed their lifters, and attached to the lifter of East Ridge's robot was a sign that said "Thank you for your time".

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Uncrating tomorrow with the ERRORs

We're meeting again in the shop with the ERRORs tomorrow to uncrate our robots and talk about how the competition went and the lessons we learned. We'll also decide what off-season projects to work on so we can have a head start next year.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Competition's done...and congratulations!

Congratulations to teams 71, 1986, and 2667 for winning the Northstar Regional! It took 4 matches for them to pull it out, but they did, and team 71's lifter sealed the victory for the red alliance.

Unfortunately, we did not make it into the finals. We had problems all throughout the competition and were not picked to be an alliance partner in the finals tournament. Keep an eye on the website (robotics.mnmsa.org) for photos from the competition and keep an eye on the blue alliance (theblueliance.net) for videos of the competition if you missed any matches.

We had a nice surprise at the end, though. Aren Siekmeyer, one of our most devoted team members, was one of only two recipients of the 2010 Dean's List award! The Dean's List award recognizes exemplary leadership and general outstandingness to individual team members. Congratulations, Aren!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Come see us at the North Star Regional!

We're competing in the North Star Regional this weekend! Come see robots from around the state compete in Breakaway matches at the Mariucci Arena at the U of M. The competition lasts three days, starting on Thursday, April 1, and runs until Saturday, April 3.

The agenda for the weekend is:
Thursday: Practice matches, where we get to test out our robot on a real Breakaway field and apply final tweaks to our robot
Friday: Seeding matches, which will determine whether or not we make it to the finals, and
Saturday: The most exciting part of the competition - the finals! These are the best teams facing each other, so you get to see the best robots and the best strategies in the state go head to head!

Come if you can for any of the days. You won't regret it!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Woodbury Bulletin Interview

The Fighting Calculators and the ERRORs were interviewed today by a reporter for the Woodbury Bulletin. We're going to have an article in the paper about what we're doing and it will be followed up by an article with photos and more after the competition. Keep an eye out for the article in the next Woodbury Bulletin!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

FMSC was a success

In the end we ended up with a total of 37 volunteers. Our shift helped to feed 90 kids for a year, which is 153 boxes for a total of 33,080 meals.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Shop work last night

We made plans for our Chairman's Award presentation, and also the video we
have to make.

We worked on building two test rigs - one for the kicker, and one for the
dribbler bar. We didn't finish either, but both are close.
We also assembled a new electronics board - adding components around our
cRio (which we removed from the robot before shipping). This will allow us
to control the kicker & dribbler with our real competition software running
on the cRio.

And a couple people worked on the BOM spreadsheet.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

It's off

The robot shipped a while ago, after a hectic night of trying desperately to finish as many things as we could. In its current state, the robot is not able to compete, but since we held back many parts, including the electronics board and kicker, we will still have something to work on over the period of time up until the competition.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Crunch Mode!

Well, we're currently in serious crunch mode.  We're finalizing everything (and we really mean it this time) since the robot ships tomorrow.  We're fixing our leaky pneumatic system, we put a winch on our lifter to add power, and making other last-minute changes.  We could be here a long time tonight...

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Learning Experiences

Attending the mini-regional turned out to be a very good thing, since we learned a lot about how the game this year works.  We were originally planning to have fabric on the top of the robot that would catch balls that were returning to the field (see our "About Breakaway" page for more information), but after seeing that only about two or three goals were scored per alliance per match, we decided that it would be better to go with a solid top.  We are now mounting Plexiglas onto the top of the robot.  We also learned that it will be very important that we go over the bumps straight, since many teams who hit them at an angle flipped over.  We also understand the importance of the lifter, since we could easily double our score within the final 20 seconds of play if we lift correctly.  All this will help us greatly in the actual competition in April.

No mini-regional for us

Unfortunately, we were not able to complete the robot last night, and so we are not able to compete in the Eagan Mini-Regional.  We still are going so that we can see what other teams are doing and how the game will work this year.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Eagan Mini Regional Tommorow

We are attending the mini-regional competition at Eagan High School tomorrow, which will be a great way for us  to get some preliminary practice and see what other teams are doing with their robots.  It runs all day, from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM.  It'll be a busy evening tonight, though, as we finalize everything we can about our robot, like the kicker, lifter, and everything else.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The new site is live!

The new team website is now finally online, and just in time to meet the deadline! Go to robotics.mnmsa.org.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Still working...

We have been working on the robot like crazy in preparation for the Eagan Mini Regional coming up this Saturday (take a look at the calendar for more info) and we are making excellent progress.  We plan to do a kicker test later today and we are working on cushioning the electronics board and other features.  Stay tuned to the videos section of our site for when the result goes live!

New release date

Unfortunately, due to difficulties and general busyness with the robot, the site was not able to be released on February 10th.  It will go live on February 18th, which is tomorrow.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Release Date

The new website is going to be published on February 10th! Visit robotics.mnmsa.org to see the new website then.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Videos now functional

The Fighting Calculators' videos are now available online! Just go to
. More videos coming soon!