Detroit World Championships 2019

Talon Robotics just returned from the Detroit World Championship event where they competed with over 400 teams from around the world. With our robot, Major Tom, we were able to successfully climb, load cargo and deliver hatches in each of our matches. Sadly, we were unable to advance to the playoff rounds.

10,000 Lakes Regional

The team had a strong showing at 10k lakes with a record of 6-5-0 and ending in 8th overall. We were the captain of the 6th alliance with teams 5464 and 5434 but unfortunately lost in the quarterfinals to teams 4607, 3102, and 3184. We won the Regional Engineering Inspiration Award and team member Issac Ash-Johnson from won the FIRST Dean’s List Finalist Award. Watch our matches from the 10k Lakes Regional

Great Northern Regional

The team had a strong showing at GNR, with a record of 11-5-0, and ending in 4th overall. We were the captain of the 3rd alliance, made it to finals, and qualified for World Championships in Detroit. We won the creativity award and brought home two trophies. Watch our matches from the Great Northern Regional

We picked 876 Thunder Robotics and 4239 WARPSPEED to be with us on the 3rd alliance and defeated the 6th and 2nd alliances, moving to finals. We then lost to the 1st alliance with teams 5172, 3750, and 7048.

Homes by Ash Demo

We had a demo of our robot, Midnight, on March 2. It was held at a movie theater for Homes by Ash, demonstrating our robot and talking to our local community about FIRST. 

FTC Tournament

On December 8/9 we hosted an FTC tournament at Central Middle School.

Robots & Rotini

On Saturday November 10, we hosted our annual robots & rotini fundraiser. We had robot demos of our robot and our FTC robots, a silent auction, a movie and food for people to enjoy while learning about robotics and having fun.

Talon Robotics Fourth Annual Car Show

On August 5th, we hosted our fourth annual car show. There was a live band (FU-GA-WE), a silent auction, robot demonstrations, face painting, and lots of cool, unique cars. Here are some pictures of our car show provided by 7-Hi Cruisers.

 

3M Demo

 

Summer Camps

We hosted our first set of summer camps for students in conjunction with Eden Prairie Community Education’s EPIC program.  Our morning class for students in 2nd through 4th grade consisted of various STEM activities and then students built their own small robot.  The afternoon class for students in 3rd through 6th grade had students programming their Lego robots – learning about loops and sensors.

 

Talon Think Tank

Team 2502 hosted the 3rd Annual Talon Think Tank where students led discussions on various topics for interested robotics teams.  Presentations included items like CAD, electrical, business and
marketing, outreach, leadership, build, etc.  Presentation power points can be found online.

 

World Championships – St. Louis

We were delighted to once again earn a spot in the championship event.  Our robot performed great and we eagerly anticipated alliance selections.  The team was disappointed that we were not selected on an alliance, but we cheered on our fellow Minnesota teams.  While at this event, team members were able to participate in a number of great workshops and are excited to test out some new ideas this summer.  Also, before leaving the event our own team member, Bethany Moore won the Andymark competition!  Thank you to the many parents and sponsors who helped us to attend such a great event.

 

Minneapolis 10,000 Lakes Regional

We always love this hometown regional and certainly enjoyed this one as well.  Our robot Voyager performed well after we made all of our modifications from the last tournament.  We did have to forgo the break but our excellent driver didn’t miss a beat.  We were selected by the 7th seeded alliance captain and went on to lose a match and win a match pushing the round to a tiebreaker.  Unfortunately we lost the tie breaker and were knocked out.  We also were awarded The Entrepreneurship Award that recognizes our business plan as a model that sets us up well for the future.

 

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