In the 2016 to 2017 school year the Minutebots grew in membership during the pre-season, as the team worked on Fracture, a robot from the 2015 to 2016 game. It was good practice for new members of the build and programming team. Starting off the 2017 season the Minutebots held the Kick-off livestream for the 2017 game Steamworks at Central High School for other teams as well of Minutebot family members. During the six weeks of build season, the team exercised their Engineering and Design process to create Fracture. Fracture was a fast robot with four mecanum wheels to allow for omni-directional movement. The core purpose behind the design was to allow for easy and quick transportation of gears from a loading station to the Steamworks airship to score points. Fracture competed in the Week Zero event at Central High School, hosted by the Minutebots, before being bagged and tagged; ending the 2017 build-season for the team.
The Minutebots competed firstly in the Iowa Regional, scoring into 6th place with 7 wins and 2 losses and a tie during qualifications. As one of the Alliance leaders, the Minutebots Aligned themselves with team 5638, LQPV Robotics, and team 1064, the Channel Cats. Sadly the Minutebots lost against the Second Alliance during Semifinals. Then, from April 5th to the 8th the Minutebots had their last shot at Championships participating at the 10k Lakes Regional competition. unfortunately, once again, the team had nine wins, three losses, and a tie becoming the Third Alliance, and losing during semifinals to the Second Alliance. During the season the team experienced imminence growth, received two Awards, and one member, the Build Team Captain Ellie O’Callaghan, received a Dean’s List Finalist Award at 10k lakes regional as well!
Stronghold, the 2016 FRC game, was announced on Saturday, January 9th. The MInuteBots hosted the St. Paul robotics hub at Central to watch the kickoff live stream and start reading through the rules. During the next six weeks, the MinuteBots followed the engineering design process to build their most impressive robot yet, Whiplash. Whiplash uses 6 pneumatic wheels and trapezoidal motion profiling to power over the defenses and uses mecanum wheels to intake large dodgeballs and shoot them into the low goal. Whiplash also has an asymmetric scissors lift that allows it to hook onto the climbing bar and pull itself up at the end of the game.
The Minutebots were picked by the second alliance at the Iowa regional and got out in the quarterfinals. At the 10,000 Lakes regional, the MinuteBots ended qualification ranked 5th and were able to make it all the way to the finals before losing. This performance earned them a wild card spot at the International Championships in St. Louis and a Judge's award for the overall design and presentation of Whiplash. Team captain Henry O'Callaghan also won a Dean's List award at 10,00 lakes, the highest award possible for students. At championships, the MinuteBots ranked 22nd out of 60 teams in their division.
At the beginning of the 2016 school year, the MinuteBots attended the Minnesota Robotics Invitational in Roseville. At the end of qualifications, they were ranked 11th out of 35 teams and were picked to join 2052 and 2987 in the 1st alliance. They went on to win every single match in the playoffs and won the event.
At the beginning of the 2014 to 2015 school year, the MinuteBots gained 11 new members, bringing the total membership to 22. The team attended two game scrimmages, in which they were part of the 4th place and 3rd place alliances, respectively. They also held fundraising events at local grocery stores to raise money and help spread the word about robotics in the Twin Cities. Now, the team is hard at work building their robot for the 2015 season.
The build season started on January 3rd, 2015. The MinuteBots along with other St. Paul teams headed to Harding High School to watch the kick-off live stream where the 2015 game, Recycle Rush, was revealed. During the build season the MinuteBots worked hard to create their main robot, Zenith which was built to make large stacks of totes in a short amount of time. Zenith competed in the Week Zero event hosted by the MinuteBots at their high school before being bagged on the following Tuesday. The MinuteBots' build season didn't end there. The MinuteBots then worked to create their second robot, Zipline, which was able to grab two recycling containers and hold them up in the air for Zenith to place stacks under. Zipline was completed during the six week period between the end of the build season and the beginning of the competition.
At the 2015, 10,000 Lakes Competition, the MinuteBots were able to earn another chance to participate in the International Championship in St. Louis, Missouri. While the competition started out poorly due to communication issues with Zenith the MinuteBots were able to turn it around. During alliance selection the MinuteBots were selected by the KnightKrawlers, team 2052. The Robocats, team 4198, were also selected by the KnightKrawlers. Together the robots were able to make it into the finals and earn a spot in the championship event. After a successful fundraising session, the team traveled to Saint Louis once again. There they were ranked 52nd in the Carver division and, although they weren't picked for eliminations, the team had a great time and learned a lot! Afterwards, on May 16th, the team traveled to Williams Arena for the second time in 2015 to compete in the Minnesota State Championships.
The next year, in 2013 to 2014, the MinuteBots' membership grew from 5 students to 15. That year, the team also gained 4 new mentors: two employees of 3M, a student at the University Of Minnesota, and a former PTC employee who is now a Vice President at US Bank. At the end of 6-week build season for the 2014 FRC game, called Aerial Assist, the MinuteBots had built their second robot, "Onyx." At the 10,000 Lakes Regional Competition, Onyx was ranked 4th out of the 63 participating teams. Because of the team's high rank, they were able to select an alliance, composed of Harding High School and Eagle Ridge Academy, to compete in the tournament portion of the competition. This alliance was able to make it to the finals of the competition, winning the MinuteBots a place at the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Missouri.
Because of a lack of funds, the team had to quickly raise the money needed to travel to St. Louis. Through many generous donations and the help of many parents eager to get involved, the MinuteBots eventually acquired the funds needed to make the journey. Even though the team placed only 76th out of 100 teams in the Galileo Division of the competition, it was able to provide a life changing experience to many of its members. After the World Finals, the team participated in the state competition, where they ranked 5th out of the 30 best teams in Minnesota.
The MinuteBots were founded at the beginning of the 2012 to 2013 school year, by Head Coach and Architect John Lavik and former Woodworking teacher Dan Nelson. In our rookie year, the team consisted of only 5 members. These 5 students, along with Lavik and Nelson, joined and competed in the 2013 FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) game called Ultimate Ascent. That year the team's robot, "NN," placed 38th out of 63 participating teams at the Minnesota 10,000 Lakes Regional Competition.