Over the weekend of March 4-7 we competed in our first regional of the year, Northern Lights. Our robot ran generally smoothly, with a few small mechanical issues throughout the tournament. We ended up being captain of the 4th alliance and competed in the elimination rounds along with 1259, Paradigm Shift, and 7530, Brotherhood of Steel. While we lost in semifinals due to climbs, we managed to hold the high score of the tournament with 219 points.
Our annual week zero event was Sunday, February 16th. This event was a success, with around 20 teams and 30 total matches played. This success was largely due to our numerous volunteers, both students and mentors from many teams.
Our Chipotle fundraiser was Monday, February 10th. A large number of people ate at Chipotle to support Talon during this event.
We met for the 2020 FIRST infinite recharge kickoff and watched the game reveal. We then discussed strategies and different designs we would prototype. We will be recording progress for prototypes on our blog (https://team2502blog.wordpress.com/category/2020-robotics-season/).
Bots for Tots
We went to the mall and ran our 2016 robot midnight, along with our FTC teams, to raise toys for the toys for tots organization. Overall the event ran smoothly and we encountered few mechanical issues.
Minne Mini Regional (MMR)
We participated in MMR with our off-season robot. We ranked 3rd overall at the tournament, but unfortunately were defeated in semi-finals.
MRI – Minnesota Robotics Invitational
We participated in MRI with both of our robots. The event was a success for letting rookies gain experience with competition. You can see our matches here
EMCC (East Metro Collaborative Competition)
We participated in EMCC using both our in-season robot and our new off-season robot. We used the event to give newer members a chance to learn how competitions run, as well as gain experience with being on pit crew and drive team.
We recruited new people to our team at the Eden Prairie High School activities rush. For the event we showed our new off-season robot and ran our 2013 robot, Disco-O, which shot frisbees. Many people signed up and many more saw our robots.
During the half time of the Eden Prairie High School Homecoming game, we promoted our team. We used a t-shirt cannon to distribute t-shirts to the students in our school and encourage joining robotics.
We went to a Minnesota Precision Manufacturers Association meeting to promote knowledge of FIRST to many local businesses. This included many notable engineering businesses such as Stratasys and CEM.
We had a meeting about deciding our core values. We all agreed core values are necessary to have a long-lasting and successful team. During the meeting, we had many discussions about evaluating core values and why each is important.
State Fair Demo
Talon Robotics demoed our robot at the Great Minnesota Get Together along with the FireBears 2846 and VEX team 8110C! Although it was raining outside, we were located in the Education Building and gave presentations about our team to fairgoers as well as showing off Major Tom in action. The team was still able to walk in the daily parade, even though we couldn’t take Major Tom due to rain.
4th of July Demo
Talon Robotics participated in our local 4th of July celebration at Round Lake Park, demoing our robot and spreading awareness of our robotics programs in our community. Visitors were able to try and drive our robots Major Tom and Disc-o with both joysticks and a DDR-style dance pad, as well as catch the frisbees shot by Disc-o. This was a great opportunity to expose the general public to how much fun robotics can be!
Rockwell Automation Demo
Talon Robotics and five other local teams participated in a demo at Rockwell Automation in Eden Prairie. All students and mentors were able to tour the Rockwell Automation facilities, including state of the art labs. Each team was then able to demo their robot and Rockwell Automation employees, as well as community members, were able to make a donation supporting Kendrick Castillo’s family in order to drive the various robots.
Minnesota State High School League Championship
Talon Robotics qualified for this event by being one of the top 36 teams in the state of Minnesota. We had an exciting day of intense competition competing with some of the very best teams from across the state, including a match with the number one ranked team from the Carson Division at the World Championships, 5172. Talon Robotics ended up ranked 13th out of the 36 teams. The official MSHSL recap of the event can be found here.
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 the 10k Lakes Regional finishing as the 8th seeded team. We were the captain of the 6th alliance and competed with our alliance partners 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 Isaac Ash-Johnson 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. We picked 876 Thunder Robotics and 4239 WARPSPEED as our alliance partners and defeated the 6th and 2nd alliances, moving to the finals. We then lost to the 1st alliance consisting of teams 5172, 3750, and 7048. Our performance was enough to qualify us for the World Championships in Detroit. We also won the Creativity Award. Watch our matches from the Great Northern Regional
Homes by Ash Demo
We held a demonstration of our robot Midnight in coordination with our sponsor Homes by Ash. We were able to show off our robot in a public space and advocate for FIRST within our community.
We hosted an FTC tournament at Central Middle School.
Robots & Rotini
We hosted our annual Robots & Rotini fundraiser. We had demos of our robot and local 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
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.