Author: Kevin Boyle

Pretzel Break

We had a welcome break from elevator building last evening when Ms. Biehl showed up at the shop with fresh baked pretzels donated by the Petoskey Pretzel Company.  Very yummy.  Our parents and school chef are also working hard to keep our tummies full.  We appreciate all the good food that lets us keep working through meal...

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Team Receives Donation of Test Equipment & Parts

Team bIrobot recently received a very generous donation of test equipment, tools and parts from the Lester Family.  Included were a number of volt-ohm meters, capacitor and resistor testers, other component testers, bench power supplies, an oscilloscope, a small lathe together with electronic components and parts too numerous to list.  In our remote location, a robust inventory and the ability to diagnose and solve problems with the components on hand are both critical to success, so all of these will be very useful to us for years to come.  We thank the Lester family for supporting us and hope...

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2018 Season Theme Announced

The theme for the 2018 FIRST FRC season is “Power Up.” It looks like we’ll be playing robot Mario Brothers.  No doubt we will have Nintendo game music ear-worms by the end of the season.  Stay tuned here for more details on the game as we learn them (which won’t be much until the season kick-off in January)–but we’ll pass fun speculation along (and maybe we’ll make some...

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Goodbye to Sun

Our friend and teammate from Thailand left the island today.  We were all excited for him because he was going home to see his family for the first time in more than 9 months, but we were also sad to see him go.  We all signed a Steamworks fuel ball and gave it to him as a memento of our great time together.  Fair winds and following seas, Sun, until we meet...

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FIM District West Michigan Event @ Grand Valley State University | Allendale Charter Township | Michigan | United States
Our first District Event for the 2018 Season is at Grand Valley State University. We have tentatively selected the Sleep Inn in Allendale as our base hotel. Rooms will fill up quickly there, so if[...]
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FIM District Marysville Event @ Marysville High School
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FIM District Marysville Event @ Marysville High School | Marysville | Michigan | United States
We’ll return to Marysville High School for our second District Event of the 2018 Season.  We enjoyed competing there during our rookie year and look forward to seeing some of the teams there that helped[...]
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Michigan State Championship Event @ Saginaw Valley State University
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Michigan State Championship Event @ Saginaw Valley State University | Saginaw | Michigan | United States
The State Champ event returns to Saginaw Valley State University (where we competed last year).  Whether we return depends on our performance in the regional events at GVSU and Marysville.  We are looking at housing[...]

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