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New Equipment for 2018

For our 2018 season we have some spiffy new equipment.  We’ve envied the tool carts and equipment trailers we saw other teams using at competitions and now, thanks to some donors, we have one of each to use for the 2018 season.  Roberts John Service on Beaver Island has donated the use of a tool cart for our pit (and volunteered to build some kit for our pit, too).  And another donor has made an equipment trailer available for our use, which will be handy to get the tool cart and our new pit kit back and forth to...

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2018 Season Kick-off

The 2018 season is here!  bIrobot FRC Team 6098 gathered in their lair to watch the kick-off broadcast and, immediately after, we began work on our 2018 robot.  It has to pick up milk crate sized cubes, place them on balances (over six feet in the air) and through a hole in the field wall just a bit bigger than the crate.  And reach up 8 feet in the air to climb off the ground.  And do some of this autonomously. No problem! We hope everyone got lots of sleep over the holidays, because there’ll be no rest for...

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Join the bIrobot Team as a sponsor

As we get into building our robot we also need to get into raising money to support our team.  We are funded through the Beaver Island Community School, so donations are tax deductible for most donors. We have four sponsorship levels: Level 1 $50-$99 (you receive our gratitude and recognition on our website and in our promo materials) Level 2 $100-$299 (you receive all the items listed above plus your logo on the team t-shirt) Level 3 $300-$499 (you receive all the items listed above plus a team t-shirt and your logo on the robot (if you provide us with a sticker)) Level 4 $500+ (you receive all the items listed above plus you will be announced as a primary sponsor at competitions* and receive a personalized recognition video posted on the bIrobot website and social medias) Please help us maintain a robotics team at BICS.  We’ve gotten lots of off-island help to get our team started, but we need local support to keep it going.  You can make a donation by sending a check made payable to Beaver Island Community School with bIrobot Robotics Team on the memo line. Please send the check to Beaver Island Community School Robotics Team, 37895 King’s Highway Beaver Island, MI 49782. We thank you for your support of the BICS bIrobot Team (FRC Team 6089). *Announcements subject to...

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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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bIrobot Participates in Independence Day Parade

After watching other robots use pneumatics to pick up gears in the Steamworks game we decided we needed to figure that out, and our parade robot presented the perfect opportunity.  We used pneumatics to dispense water bottles from each side of our robot.  We also used a deer feeder/salt spreader/seed dispenser type mechanism to toss out candy to parade goers (which is a tradition for parades on Beaver Island).  Everything worked well (after we dialed back the speed on the candy dispenser from “crush” to “spread gently” and the power on the bottle dispenser from “we’re shooting for the moon” to...

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Upcoming Events

4:00 pm FIM District West Michigan Event @ Grand Valley State University
FIM District West Michigan Event @ Grand Valley State University
Mar 22 @ 4:00 pm – Mar 24 @ 1:44 am
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[...]
4:00 pm FIM District Marysville Event @ Marysville High School
FIM District Marysville Event @ Marysville High School
Apr 5 @ 4:00 pm – Apr 7 @ 5:00 pm
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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