Author: bIrobot Admin

Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to competition we go…

Our robot is on it’s way. We have just finished build season, and our first competition is March 22nd. Our robot is equipped to suck in power cubes also known as milk crates. It can take the power cubes and raise them high, so we can put them on a switch or scale. The longer our alliance keeps possession of a switch or scale, the more points we get (one point per second). We can also climb which is pretty good because it is 30 points per climb and if all robots climb it is a ranking point. The bar in which the robot climbs on is only a foot long so it can not hold three robots; however, we have a unique side climb at which our robot can climb on the side and leave room for a robot in the front. How will the third robot climb? There is a special bonus if you put three power cubes in a slot, then push a button at the end of a match so you get a free levitation. Nonetheless, we are working hard to be ready for our first competition and hope we go far....

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TuneGenie Re-PowerUps as Level 4 Sponsor

We are please to announce that our very first external sponsor has not only renewed their commitment to Team bIrobot, but powered up a level by increasing their donation. TuneGenie is in their third year of support, this year as a PowerUp! Level 4 sponsor. TuneGenie provides media integration services to broadcast stations and others that want to tightly integrate audio an video in their websites.Their developer group has created patent-pending technology that makes it easy to include a seamless media experience on websites. You can see an example of their technology at work at...

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Ed Wojan Realty Joins as Sponsor

Long time Beaver Island real estate firm Ed Wojan Realty has joined bIrobot as a sponsor. The firm’s leader, Ed Wojan, has been selling homes and lots on every part of the island for over 35 years. He is a 5th generation Islander. His mother’s family, the McDonoughs, came here in 1858 and his dad’s family came here logging in 1935. Except for the four years he spent away at college Ed has lived and worked on the Island all his life. His support means a lot to...

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Caldwell Intellectual Property Joins as Sponsor

bIrobot proudly welcomes Caldwell Intellectual Property as a team sponsor.  We are excited to have them as Caldwell represents start-ups (among others) in protecting their IP.  They specialize in patent prosecution matters before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Caldwell IP has locations in Cambridge, MA on MIT’s campus and near Harvard University and in Burlington, VT.  Team bIrobot thanks everyone at Caldwell IP for supporting...

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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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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[...]
4:00 pm Michigan State Championship Event @ Saginaw Valley State University
Michigan State Championship Event @ Saginaw Valley State University
Apr 11 @ 4:00 pm – Apr 14 @ 5:00 pm
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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