Blog – 2015

Mythic – December 12

Team Mythic, our FTC team, competed in Edina at Valley View Middle School.

Team Mythic

Team Mythic

The Mindgears – December 12

The Mindgears, the rookie team from Avalon, competed at Capitol Hill Magnet school in Saint Paul.

The Mindgears

The Mindgears

Competing

Competing

 

Team Athena and the Brickheads – December 12

Team Athena and the Brickheads, the two Lego League teams from GRS, competed in North Branch on Saturday. A great time was had by all, and Team Athena brought home a Team Spirit Award!

The Brickheads

The Brickheads

More Brickheads

More Brickheads

Team Athena

Team Athena

Team Athena Spirit Award

Team Athena Spirit Award

 

Lego League – December 4-6

Helping others helps us – so this weekend, we volunteered to help at a lego league competition in St. Paul. We helped set up the rooms and fields, showed the little kids the big robot on Saturday and Sunday, and then helped to put the school back together after the competition.

Setting up the lego league fields.

Setting up the lego league fields.

The kids loved Helios!

The kids loved Helios!

 

Training Modules – Fall, 2015

The team set about to systematically train ourselves this fall. Students are teaching classes on programming, CAD, fabrication, pneumatics/electronics and operations. It hasn’t been smooth sailing, but we’ve all learned a ton!

Programming

Programming

Electronics/pneumatics

Electronics/pneumatics

Fabrication

Fabrication

More fabrication

More fabrication

 

Game Strategy with Caleb Sykes – November 24, 2015

A few team members attended a talk by Caleb Sykes, mentor for the Central Minutebots, about game strategy. Caleb walked us through a mock-kickoff event, and talked about the relationship between team goals and strategy. A timely event! Thank you, Caleb. His slides are posted on the Central Minutebot Resources website.

Understanding the Problem

Understanding the Problem

Prior Lake Mini-Regional – November 22, 2015

A great day was had by all at our last mini-regional of 2015. Thank you, Helios!

Ethan and Elizabeth

Ethan and Elizabeth

Scouting

Scouting

Gianmarco

Gianmarco

Prior Lake

Prior Lake

Helios never tipped ALL the way over!

Helios never tipped ALL the way over!

Mascots

Mascots

Hub Party – November 13, 2015

Parties are fun, and so is getting to know other robotics teams. Check out pictures on the Saint Paul Robotics HUB page.

Tie Dye 2 – November 13, 2015

All three lego league dyed their shirts today – red, blue and green.

Demonstrating technique

Demonstrating technique

Team Athena shirts

Team Athena shirts

Five lego teams on one shirt!

Five lego teams on one shirt!

 

Movie Night – November 12, 2015

Who knew that the multi-purpose space could be a theater? The team watched Slingshot, the movie about Dean Kamen and his inventions, especially his device to create clean water from just about anything wet. We were inspired.

Multi-purpose space turned movie theater.

Multi-purpose space turned movie theater.

Tie Dye Day – October 31, 2015

Many hands made light work with tie dye today. We dyed 150 purple shirts, 30 yellow shirts, and a few hands.

Enough purple shirts?

Enough purple shirts?

Not enough gloves!

Not enough gloves!

 

Technology in Space – October 20, 2015

Thanks to the Central Minutebots, some of the team attended a talk by Col Robert Cabana, former astronaut and head of the Kennedy Space Center. He encouraged the students to follow their passions. He told about his own struggles to get into flight school and NASA, where persistence paid off! He also shared many details about the U.S. space program. We were all inspired. Thank you Col Cabana and the Minutebots!

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The Design Process – October 13, 2015

Really good design process skills will save us time during build, and focus our energy. We divided into teams tonight. The goal of each team was to construct a “stool” out of cardboard that was at least as tall as a shop stool, no heavier, held as many people as possible, and was aesthetically pleasing. Points were awarded, and a good time was had by all.

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Minnesota Roseville Invitational (MRI) 2015 – October 10, 2015

By the end of the day, team team ranked 11th place, even with newbie drivers. We got to see our fellow teams and remember how much fun this is. Thank you, Roseville Firebears!

Nick

Nick

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Isaiah, Emilio, and Leeah

Lydia and Isaiah

Lydia and Isaiah

Minnesota Roseville Invitational 2015

Minnesota Roseville Invitational 2015

Birthdays for Gianmarco and Kelli

Birthdays for Gianmarco and Kelli

Mascots!

Mascots!

Minnesota State Fair – Awards!

Our second day at the fair was another success. We shared the stage with Highland Park Robotics

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Blue ribbon!

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Overall 3rd place!

Highland and NoMythic Marching in Parade

NoMythic and the Highland Automatons.

Minnesota State Fair – August 28th

Robotics drew lots of spectators today at the fair, where they watched our team work with Team 2989 Star Tech demonstrate what robotics is all about. Afterwards, they got to ask the students about the program and try driving the robot.

The robot will be on display at the fair every day. Our team will be there doing demonstrations again on Thursday, September 3rd.

Isaiah whipped up this nifty video about the day!

Isaiah demonstrates how to drive the robot.

Isaiah demonstrates how to drive the robot.

Susan and Adam coach students to drive the robot on their own.

Susan and Adam coach students to drive the robot on their own.

Robotics drew quite a crowd!

Robotics drew quite a crowd!

Team photo.

Team photo.

GOFirst Summit

This weekend six of us attended the GOFirst Summit, a day of sessions about robotics. We learned things, met people, and visited with friends on other teams. A success!

GOFirst Summit

GOFirst Summit

Grizzly Milling Machine

How many people does it take to move a 1,875 pound, 83″ tall milling machine from the loading dock to the shop? Five clever and persistent team members.

It was dropped off on the loading dock.

It was dropped off on the loading dock.

We had to remove the crate.

We had to remove the crate.

And the pallet.

And part of the pallet.

We added two pallet jacks, but it still didn't fit through the door.

We added two pallet jacks, but it still didn’t fit through the door.

So we jacked up the whole thing and took out the pallet.

So we jacked up the whole thing and took out the pallet.

And removed the motor on top. FINALLY it fit.

And removed the motor on top. FINALLY it fit.

 

Sponsor Presentations

PACE Analytical has been a long-time visionary sponsor of the team. Team members visited their company today and gave a fantastic presentation about the team and our amazing year. PACE pledged support for another great  year!

PACE Analytics

PACE Analytics

Robotics Retreat – June 19/20

Lake. Boats. Trust fall activities. S’mores. Mission/vision. The retreat was a great success on all counts!

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Marcus and Laura.

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Adam

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How many people fit on the raft?

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Rowan caught fish!

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Human knot.

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Awesome group.

Championship! April 22-26

Championship was …. amazing, inspiring, hard work, exhausting and joyful. Pretty much everyone did more than they thought they could, met and exceeded their goals, supported each other, and learned a ton. What more could we ask?

Elizabeth fixing the robot.

Elizabeth fixing the robot.

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Stewart got a few buttons!

Laura met Dean Kamen!

Laura met Dean Kamen!

The team had a big presence.

The team had a big presence.

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Adam in the sorting hat.

It was a massive gathering.

It was a massive gathering.

The team.

The team.

Hicks BBQ.

Hicks BBQ.

Hub Party – April 18, 2015

The St. Paul Hub is a group of the 8 or 9 FRC teams in Saint Paul. Today they threw a party for us, and for the Central Minutebots – supporting our teams on our journey to Championships. After an awkward start, the teams ate and then played some fierce Ga-Ga together. Thank you hub!

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Como, Humbolt, Central, Highland, and NoMyuthic mingling.

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A joint Ga-Ga game.

End of Year Banquet – April 16, 2015

Thank you to the friends, family, sponsors, mentors and team members who filled the Avalon cafe last night at 2491’s end of year banquet. What a community!

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Families, friends, sponsors, mentors and team members at Avalon School.

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Team captain Isaiah giving out awards.

Ann Bancroft DreamXchange 2015

Susan, Leeah and Laura were featured in this amazing DreamXchange video. They were also able to attend the annual DreamXchange banquet, meeting other alumnae and sponsors.

Toby, Laura, Elizabeth, Liza, Leeah, Kelli, Eva, and Susan.

Toby, Laura, Elizabeth, Liza, Leeah, Kelli, Eva, and Susan.

MPR – April 9, 2015

Check it out! Isaiah, Michael and Kelli were interviewed for MPR today. They’ll be live at 3:18 pm on 91.1, and online later at MPR Soundcloud.

Championships or Bust! – April 8, 2015

This game is about doing our best – more than we thought we could do. Who would have thought that our robot would win this year’s game – but it did! Championships raises the bar again – meeting people and seeing robots from all over the world, soaking up the excitement for science, engineering and technology. It’s a dream come true.

But it’s expensive. It’s going to cost us around $800 per student. Families will cover $200/each. We have 2 weeks to raise the rest. Anything you can give will help us out. Check out our Donate page to see our progress and get fun gifts.

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Championships 2014

We won! – Saturday, April 5, 2015

Winning may not be everything, but it sure was sweet! Our alliance with Wave Robotics (2826) and the Errors (3130) won the entire North Star Regional. Next stop – Championship in St. Louis!

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North Star Regional – Friday, April 3, 2015

After starting the day in 57th place (out of 60), we ended at 32nd. It’s a good thing that winning is not our first or only goal! In fact, we’re more interested in learning, growing, loving robotics, and supporting each other.

Tomorrow we’ll still be at Mariucci. Our remaining qualifying matches are at 9 am, 10 am, and noon. Come cheer with us!

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Success! Northern Lights Regional

We met our goals for Northern Lights, learned a ton and had a blast. We have 5 1/2 week before North Star – who knows what we can do there!

Beautiful sunrise.

Beautiful sunrise.

Scouting with a little unicorn help.

Scouting with a little unicorn help.

Leeah tracks things in the pit.

Leeah tracks things in the pit.

Arm crew, hard at work in the pit.

Arm crew, hard at work in the pit.

Overlooking the practice field.

Overlooking the practice field.

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Laura hard at work.

Driving is hard work!

Driving is hard work!


Helios picks up a bin

Helios picks up a bin

Toby, Jeff, Michael and Kelli.

Toby, Jeff, Michael and Kelli.

 

Our New Look! – Friday, February 27th

No one has trouble finding us in the stands this years, with our distinctive purple tie dye shirts, and purple hair 🙂

What a great looking team!

What a great looking team!

Passed Inspection!

After 12 hours of work, a fast weight loss program to reduce total weight by 8 pounds, and substantial work on the elevator and lifter arm, Helios passed inspection at 7:59 pm last night, just in time for Friday’s qualifying matches.

Purple

What caused these purple hands? Find out tomorrow.

Purple hands

Purple hands

Duluth

We made it to Duluth! After a chilly ride and load-in, we’re ready for the regional to begin tomorrow morning.

They were actually sitting while the bus was moving.

They were actually sitting while the bus was moving.

Who knew we had an ENTIRE trailer load of stuff!

Who knew we had an ENTIRE trailer load of stuff!

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Look ma – three totes and one bin!

SOL

SOL

Ann Bancroft Foundation Filming – February 19, 2015

It’s been a busy week in our shop! The Ann Bancroft Foundation, who awarded grants to four girls on our team, came to film the girls in action, along with the rest of the team.

Interviewing Leeah.

Interviewing Leeah.

Camera crew.

Camera crew.

Bag and Tag – February 17, 2015

Bag and Tag.

Bag and Tag.

Helios, god of light, was bagged up at 11:59 pm on February 17, 2015. Don’t you wonder what it looks like?

Chain drives... something.

Chain drives… something.

Evan and Isaiah working on programming.

Evan and Isaiah working on programming.

Working so hard that sparks flew!

Working so hard that sparks flew!

 

Helios and Sol – February 15, 2015

Sol can pick up totes. Helios can pick up recycle bins. What will it take to merge them into one?

Helios

Helios

Sol

Sol

Safety Animation Video – January 31, 2015

Laura and Leeah created No Mythic’s very first Safety Animation Video. Check it out! Safety in 40 seconds.

Real World Challenge – January 27, 2015

Our CAD team has been hard at work, creating virtual designs of all of the prototypes. On January 17th we sent the designs for the chassis, or frame, to Quality Tool. We hoped to get the frame back on January 26th. Here’s where the real world challenge comes in. An expensive piece of machinery at Quality Tool broke this week, putting our project (and rather a lot of other stuff) way behind schedule. Real world challenge? Yes. Fun? No. But our team has risen to the challenge. Alpha bot came on line last night – a quick and dirty prototype that is helping us test our wheels, drive train, programming, and new electronics system.

Alpha bot

Alpha bot

Recycle RUSH – We have our new challenge! – January 3, 2015

Recycle Rush logo.

Team members filled the 3B bus to Northrop Auditorium for kickoff.

Team members filled the 3B bus to Northrop Auditorium for kickoff.

Studying the manual

Studying the manual

Team playing Recycle Rush with chairs, mats and human robots.

Team playing Recycle Rush with chairs, mats and human robots.

Team relaxing and watching game videos after dinner.

Team relaxing and recharging the creative juices.