On Saturday, January 7th 2017, our team gathered with other area teams at the University of Minnesota Duluth to watch the kickoff presentation. You can view the video reveal at the link below.
After the presentation, we grabbed our kit and headed back to Marshall School to host a collaborative meeting with four other teams: Gogebic Range Robotics (Team 6613), Babbitt (Team 5653), 6044 Circuit Breakers, Moose Lake Robotics (Team 6044), and Esko SubZero Robotics Team 5690. We broke into four groups in order to work together on specific areas of the competition: business and marketing, field and field elements, robot constraints, and scoring and strategy. The sessions lasted an hour and 45 minutes and were almost completely student led. After the sessions ended, we had a pizza party for lunch where teams were encouraged to mingle. After lunch, everyone regrouped, and two representatives from each group gave a presentation highlighting what they discussed. We believe that this was particularly helpful to the rookie team, Gogebic Range Robotics, as they were not yet familiar with the FRC competition process, such as how the competition works and the importance of establishing a budget. The other veteran teams gave a lot of input as well and together we all benifited from the experience because it is said that one does not truly understand something until they can also teach it. This made us think about what rules and aspects of the entire FIRST program are important and made us realize the significance of things we hadn't previously put a lot of thought into.
The Subzero Robotics team from Esko Team 5690 were a major part of organizing the event and we would like to thank them because we had a great time co-organizing it. Our team is very happy with how the day went and we look foward to possibly doing this again next year!
~Allie J. & Josh H.
This past week several robotics team members worked together and taught the entire middle school how to code.We all had to shift around our class schedules, but it was worth it when the middle scholars started to understand what we were teaching them. We worked with grades 4-8 and introduced many of these kids to coding for the first time and hopefully created a lifetime love of coding for many of them. We were excited to have been part of the Hour of Code 2016 world event and we look forward doing this again next year!
On Sunday, February 21st, the TopperBots participated in the FIRST Stronghold Scrimmage at Itasca Community College. The day was jam-packed full of practice rounds and strategy modifications. We had some mechanical difficulties that we now know exist and are more prepared than ever for the competition this weekend. We'd like to thank the judges of the scrimmage for awarding us the 'Most Growth' Team Award. Our team has been growing in size year by year, and this season we are attending a second regional competition for the first time ever. It's an honor to be recognized for our accomplishments this year, and we're very excited to begin competition tomorrow.
Today, Josh H. and I travelled to Lake Superior Consulting in order to give a presentation to their Charitable Giving Committee. This was our first time presenting to a company face to face, and we feel that it went very well. They helped us with future presentation and sponsorship ideas, so we would like to use this post to thank them for taking time out of their day to meet with us. We look forward to possibly working with LSC in the future.
On December 11, many members of the robotics team volunteered at the FLL
(FIRST Lego League) robotics competition held here at Marshall School. Cory, Mason,
Josh H., Nicole, and I were assigned the job of resetting the tables that the robots compete on; that means putting the pieces of the various missions that the robots completed back together and into the right places on the table. Meanwhile, Josh K. and Emily took control of the scoring booth and displayed the scores of the various teams that had competed. Farley and Keyur had the special job of being two of the referees at the competition. They were in charge of keeping count of how many points each team had achieved after each round at the table. I feel that everyone had a great time at the competition and it was very enjoyable to see all the competing teams. In the end we had both of our Marshall FLL teams move on to the next competition, so it was a win for everyone!
~ Noah H
This week Allie, Mason, Cory, and I worked together and taught the entire middle school how to code. We had a crazy schedule and a lot of hard work, but also a lot of laughs and tons of fun! We worked with the 4th, 5th, and 6th graders during their tech class rotations, with the 7th graders in Ms. Harsha's language arts class, and with the 8th graders during Ms. Durant's literature class. We introduced many of these kids to coding for the first time and hopefully created a lifetime love of coding for many of them. We are proud to have been part of the Hour of Code 2015 world event and can't wait to do this again next year!
You can read the story on it here on the Marshall website.
~ Josh H