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Who are we?

We are The Fighting Calculators, FIRST Robotics Competition team 2175. We are the official FRC team of the Math & Science Academy in Woodbury, MN.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is the world’s premier high school robotics competition. Every year students are given a unique engineering challenge, and have just eight short weeks to build a competitive robot from scratch. This is real engineering – no LEGOs, no construction kits, no toy software. FIRST gives students an experience they can’t get anywhere else.

Mock kickoff is on December 6!

Join us on December 6 to get a taste of the upcoming season. Learn more about FRC and get critical information you’ll need come January.

We will be meeting at 5pm at MSA in Mr. Greseth’s room.

Come to the shop

We primarily meet at East Ridge in their metal shop. We are currently in our offseason, meeting every week on Tuesdays from 5pm to 9pm.

What we’re working on

We’re building a robot with a swerve drive, which allows us to freely drive in any direction. The ultimate goal is to make a robot that can play dodgeball.

Directions

The East Ridge metal shop can be accessed from inside the school via classroom 1045, or from outside the school via door 26. Classroom 1045 is down the hallway to your right inside the Activities entrance, past the set of double doors. Door 26 is around the back of the school.

We recommend parking out back and entering via door 26, but please make sure to park in a marked space.

Upcoming Events

These and all other events can be found on our team calendar. Subscribe with any app via iCal or directly through Google Calendar.

Mock Kickoff: Dec 6, 5pm, MSA, Mr. Greseth’s room

We kick off the new season by rehearsing the upcoming FIRST kickoff. We’ll watch a game animation from past years, break into discussion groups, brainstorm strategies and robot ideas, then reconvene to learn how that season turned out and what we can learn from it. Students will come away with a better understanding of the brainstorming process and will be ready to dive in headfirst on January 7.

Kickoff: Jan 7, MSA, Great Hall

It’s the official FIRST kickoff! We’ll welcome all the families and lay out the schedule for the upcoming season. Then, in a live broadcast, FIRST will announce the 2023 challenge. We’ll then go through multiple rounds of brainstorming on strategy and robot design.

A potluck lunch will be provided.

Great Northern Regional: Mar 8-11, Grand Forks, ND

The first of our two regional competitions, taking place at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, ND. Winning this regional will qualify us for the FIRST Championship in Houston.

More event information at FIRST Upper Midwest.

Seven Rivers Regional: Mar 29 – Apr 1, La Crosse, WI

The second of our two regional competitions, taking place at the La Crosse Center in La Crosse, WI. Winning this regional will qualify us for the FIRST Championship in Houston.

More event information at FIRST Wisconsin.

FIRST Championship: Apr 19-22, Houston, TX

If we qualify at either of our two regionals, we will attend the FIRST Championship in Houston, where the top teams from across the world gather to compete for #1.

More information available through FIRST.

What can you do on the team?

No matter your interests, we have a place for you on the team. We have a variety of explicit roles for both students and adults, and there is always room for other endeavors.

Read more in our Team Manual.

Students

First the obvious: you can build robots! Learn how to use real tools and real materials to build large robots. Even if you’ve never held a drill before, you may find a new passion for engineering.

Beyond building, there’s a host of other activities, including but not limited to:

  • CAD (computer-aided design): Design robot ideas in software to help find issues before we build.
  • Code: Write the code that makes our robots move, and learn about vision processing and autonomous navigation.
  • Scouting & Strategy: Become a game expert, invent clever strategies, and build systems for scouting at events so we can go into every match prepared.
  • Marketing & Media: Take photos, edit videos, make flyers, manage social media, make buttons and other swag to hand out at events, or whatever else you can dream up.
  • Outreach & Awards: Plan demos and community outreach events, write and present awards at competition, and help spread the message of FIRST in our community.

Adults

A FIRST team has many moving parts, and the students can only succeed with the help of committed adult helpers, especially parents. The following roles are open and we would love your help filling them:

  • Business Mentor: Lead our fundraising efforts! Teach students to write sponsorship letters and thank-yous, coach them on in-person presentations, and seek out relationships with local businesses.
  • Treasurer: Manage the team’s finances. Ensure that our financial records are accurate, track sponsorship amounts each year, and work with MSA administration to ensure compliance with school financial policies.
  • Meal Coordinator: During the six-week build season, families take turns providing meals for our team and the East Ridge team. Organize the meal schedule and work with families to ensure that nutritional needs are met.
  • Travel Coordinator: We have to travel to two competitions this year instead of just one. Ensure that we are prepared for team travel, including reserving blocks of hotel rooms and coordinating food options.

In addition, we always welcome help with any of the core team activities described above. If you have experience with tools, CAD, project management, communication, graphic and web design, programming, or anything else, we would love your help this season in whatever way works for you.

Get in touch

Email Noah Langseth at nlangseth@mnmsa.org.