“Midnight” – one of two robots built this year by Talon Robotics, Eden Prairie High School’s FRC team.

On March 21st, members of Talon Robotics visited Braas to show off Midnight, one of two robots they had constructed with support from Braas and other local distributors. Talon Robotics is Eden Prairie High School’s team for the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) – an international competition in which teams of high school students design and construct robots to compete against other teams in specially designed field sports.

This year’s competition is FIRST STRONGHOLD, in which alliances of three teams face off against each other in timed matches where their robots must breach defensive obstacles, launch projectiles into a tower, and ultimately climb the towers themselves in order to score points. Robots are autonomous for the first portion of each round, and are then remotely controlled for the remainder. Alliances may have one robot play defense or send all into enemy territory, and may feed their robots projectiles from behind their castle walls.

On March 5th, Talon Robotics won the Northern Lights Regional Event in Duluth, which qualifies them to compete in the World Robotics Championship in St. Louis. They also won the Double DECCer tournament, a faceoff between the top alliances from the Northern Lights and Lake Superior regional finals. In doing so, Talon placed first overall out of the 120 teams from Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Hawaii, and Australia. The World Robotics Championship will take place from April 27th – 30th and can be streamed live at http://championship.usfirst.org/watch-live.