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Lake Superior Regional Robotics Competition:

On Thursday, the members of Ripsaw Robotics got to learn about the other teams they were going to compete against and be on alliances with. For the two competition days, we had the chance to see the potential of our robot as we fought to maintain our position near the top of the ranks. Our robot, Bebop, was a dominant force on the gamefield by being a top scorer of each match. On Saturday, qualification matches came to an end and Ripsaw Robotics, for the first time ever, became an alliance captain. As the lead team of the third alliance, we brought our team to a fifth place finish ending the weekend with an abundance of hope for the future of Ripsaw Robotics.

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We are officially 3 days away from competition, and we still have much to be done! This week, our goals include:

  • finishing the pit design

  • making stickers, buttons, and keychains

  • organizing food for competition

  • heat pressing team shirts for competition

For this week's meet The Team Spotlights, we have Lilyana Rosen and Patrick Radosevich! Lily has been on the team for 3 years, and is a junior (11th grade). Her favorite thing about robotics is "learning new things and meeting new people," and her hobbies include "everything, idk man." Tommy ia a first-year team member, and is a sophomore (10th grade). His favorit ething about robotics is "chatting with the Joshes" and his other hobbies include "tennis, swimming, cross country running, math team, drumline, and theater." #MeetTheTeam

We would also like to use this week's blog update to shout out some of our sponsors! Thank you to MTech Engineering and Sappi! With their generous donations, we are able to grow and develop as a team. All donations made to 7797 RipSaw Robotics go to robot material and community outreach. Without sponsors, robotics wouldn't be possible! Thank you MTech Engineering and Sappi!

The countdown to competition has officially begun, see you then.

7797 RipSaw Robotics

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This week RipSaw Robotics has a short practice schedule, as we had no school on Monday. Our goals include:

  • finishing pit designs and the bumpers for the robot

  • submitting the Impact Award application

  • visiting elementary schools for a robot reveal (Friday)

  • finishing drive team tests

  • the second session of our STEAM Camp!


We also had the first session of our STEAM Camp last Wednesday! Everything went amazing and the people who attended had a great time meeting the team and the robot. We cannot wait for the next session on Wednesday! At this one, we will be showing the FIRST Robotics introduction, along with a game involving bridge mechanics and supporting weight. Kids attending the camp will also learn how to use the heat press on their 7797 RipSaw Robotics STEAM Camp shirts!


Our final senior spotlight is Emmet Prosen! Emmet has been on the team for 3 years, and his favorite robotics memory is "making three different battery carts in one week." Emmet is an undecided major and plans on attending St. Scholastica after high school and his favorite song is Going to California by Led Zeppelin. #MeetTheTeam


We are ONE WEEK AWAY from Week Zero in Irondale! We are beyond excited and are definitely prepared for the 5:30 am departure...You can watch our live stream through this link, live on Saturday: Week Zero is important to our team because it helps us prepare for competition and gives us an opportunity to see how our robot runs. We have drive tests for this reason, to give team members an opportunity to test out their coordination skills and see how difficult it might be to manage a robot!

We also have human-player tests, because there is a part of the game that requires a human from the team to throw a note (like a frisbee) onto a part of the Crescendo course. This requires much coordination, along with determination to help our team score as many points (or notes) as possible!


See you next week,

7797 RipSaw Robotics

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