Quick Update

Wow ! It has been just crazy around Washburn, with the pep fest and AP , Ib tests and projects.

Just wanted to update everyone about our competition.

We ended ranking 24th with a 5-2-1 win loss tie. We are so proud of all of our members and the gracious professionalism they exhibited. We did not get picked for an alliance, so no playoffs for us.

Big thank you to all of the parents who helped carpools, claiming seats etc. We could not do this with out you.

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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.


Get Lucky Run!

Team members! The Get Lucky Run is this Saturday, the 12th, and the Millerbots are going to be working as set up crew! This means we need to all meet at the Union Depot in St. Paul (214 4th St E, St Paul, MN 55101) at 5 AM!! Set up will last 3 hours and afterwards we will celebrate with breakfast, if you have any ideas let us know!

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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.

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