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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.