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Almost Competition !!!!!

Wow !!! Has time flown, its almost competition time !!!

LeFeber’s room is full of busy students working on our second robot and the pit. Our programmers are hard at working writing autonomous code and working out kinks in our driving mechanism. Everyone is getting super excited for competition. We are busy packing, checking batteries, and gathering tools.  The drive team is being assembled. Driving practice will start on Wednesday.


Team members:

-You need to make sure you are registered with FIRST or you can not come with us to competition on Friday. There is a list, just talk to LeFeber or Anna if you want to see if you are good to go.


Bag & Tag

IMG_7787The last six weeks have been filled with pizza,  bad jokes, late nights, and  the screeching sounds of metal being drilled as Connor yells, “DRILL, BABY, DRILL!” Six wonderful, tiring, build weeks have passed and we can hardly believe that we managed to finish the robot (affectionately named Dwayne ‘The Bot’ Johnson) and get him all bagged and tagged, not to be touched again until competition.

Every year the team completely takes apart the robot on the last day and reassembles it so that we make sure we know where everything goes and have the chance to remove any unnecessary parts, like bolts that may be rattling around inside. This year we were ahead of schedule so Dwayne was deconstructed on Monday and instead of just rebuilding him build team made some adjustments and improvements on particular aspects that should be to our advantage.

Tension was high as nine o’clock approached. LeFeber kept yelling out how much time was left; “FIFTEEN MINUTES!…… THIRTEEN MINUTES!….. SEVEN MINUTES!….” Minutes after nine, the last nut was tightened, the last tests were ran, and Dwayne was ready to be put in the bag.

I am so proud of all the team members and mentors who made this build season our most successful in years! I would also like to thank all the parents who donated their time, money, resources, and food. We couldn’t have done it with out you!

Don’t fret, it’s not over yet. We will meet again March 1st, in Le Feber’s room right after school. Everyone is expected, and required to come, and we will figure out our post-build schedule.

We also have have a few more upcoming events to add to your calendar, and we will send out more information and sign ups as we get closer to the events
March 4th Handing out bags for the Get Lucky Run. 4pm-7pm at the Roseville Sports Authority. 10 members needed.
March 5th Team trip to Duluth to watch two regional competitions. Everyone encouraged to come.
March 12th Set up for Get Lucky run, Union Depot in St. Paul, 5am-8am. We need a minimum of 25 people (also part of lettering requirements).

Monday, Feb 15

This is the Washburn Millerbots’ third full workday this weekend as we enter week six of the build season. We’re working on updating our pit for competition and finishing our mockup field elements (I can smell the paint,) and build team and programming are Synergizing to both Synthesize new Strategies to cross more field elements than before and make me use big S words, because they thing it’s funny or something. My mind is no longer my own.

We had four team member birthdays this weekend: Tony, Aaron, Grant, and Thomas T! Cake abounded at the potlucks, and there’s probably some still kicking around somewhere.

Week 5 Update

It’s week 5 and the robot is coming along. Scouting is finished with their system. The business sub-team is figuring out media branding/graphic design, fundraising, finding sponsors, and creating a pamphlet to give to businesses. Programming is working on coding a vision system, so far the robot can follow the color green. Communications is working on polishing and revamping our social media. Build and electrical are hard at work on the robot. Game pieces are being built to help us improve our strategies, so we can see what our robot can and cannot do.
We will not be attending the week zero event at Simley High School, but we will be attending the Duluth Regional on March 5th. We are extremely excited for this event, hopefully everyone can get to go!

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays from the Millerbots!

We hope you are having a magical winter break.

Just a few reminders,

  • Parent meeting about kickoff and build will be Thursday  January 7th ( if you/your child have not already experienced a FRC competition you are highly encouraged to attend)
  • Kickoff is Jan. 9th-only 15 days away!