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FTC Minnesota State Championship

By Matthew Larson, January 25 2018, 11:04am


We are going to State!

The FIRST Tech Challenge Minnesota State Championship will be held at Washington Technology Magnet School.


For event details see hightechkids.org/mn-ftc-state-championship



Minnesota State Championship

By Matthew Larson, January 24 2017, 10:40am


We're going to State!

The FIRST Tech Challenge Minnesota State Championship will be held at Washington Technology Magnet School.


For event details see hightechkids.org/mn-ftc-state-championship



North Branch Qualifier

By Matthew Larson, January 16 2017, 12:49pm


The FIRST Tech Challenge North Branch Qualifier is taking place this weekend,
January 21 2017 at the North Branch Middle School. For details click here.



Modern Robotics Motor Controller Fix

By GoldfishPi, February 18 2016, 8:24pm


UNFORTUNATELY ALL OF THE CHANGES IN THIS POST ARE ILLEGAL SO YOU WONT BE ABLE TO USE THIS IN COMPETITION BUT IT IS A INTERESTING PROOF OF CONCEPT.


Materials : 4 0.1 uF capacitors ($0.07); Solder; Soldering iron;
Estimated Time Per Module : 10 Minutes (First may be longer)


Procedure:
We need to put a 0.1 uF capacitor between the ground and MCLR pin. Conveniently those two pins are connected to the programming pins 1 and 4. Pin 1 is the is the pine which is slightly filled in and you count away from that.


You may want to test each module before you move on to the next. I recommend making a program that will run the motors to make sure you haven't shorted anything out.


Steps:
1. Place one capacitor tail into pin 1
2. solder tail into pin making sure the capacitor is inline with the pins.
3. place second tail of capacitor into pin 4
4. solder tail into pin
5. test motor controller(run motor in both directions)


The capacitor(which is highlighted red) is going into programming pin 1 and 4 (highlighted blue)



North Super Regionals

By Matthew Larson, February 07 2016, 2:14pm


We're proceeding to the North Super Regionals!

The event will be held March 17 - 19 2016,
at the US Cellular Center/DoubleTree Convention Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.



Event details



FIRST Tech Challenge Minnesota State Championship

By Matthew Larson, January 31 2016, 5:08pm


The Minnesota FTC State Championship games are Feb 6, at the Thomas Jefferson High School.
Doors open at 7am and opening ceremony is at nine.

General Schedule

Pit map

Advancing Teams
For complete event details see hightechkids.org/mn-ftc-state-championship



Rusty Is Almost Ready For State

By Matthew Larson, January 30 2016, 11:10am


Rusty 2.0 (More like Rusty 2.7)

Rusty 2.0 (2.7)

Had a little surgery since the North Branch qualifier to change how his arm is raised, and added a servo to place the climbers in the bucket behind the light repair zone.
Now we need to practice driving with the new arm mechanism and see if we can get the cliff climb.



We're Going to State

By Matthew Larson, December 13 2015, 8:00pm




Hello World

By Matthew Larson, December 05 2015, 12:11pm


Greetings, World!