All posts by Joseph Steinhauer

2022 World Championships

Hello,  all!

Last week, NoMythic flew back to Minnesota after our trip to Houston where we joined 450 teams from around the world for the FIRST Robotics World Championships. We had a long week of competitions, museum visits, Texas heat, and pure robotics fun. Everyone on the team worked hard and had a blast. We are so glad we had the opportunity to attend.

This year, we broke new ground!  We did exceptionally well in our division and,for the first time in NoMythic’s history, we moved on to the quarterfinals!  Our design work was recognized with the Imagery Award –  another historical first for our team!

Everyone on NoMythic worked incredibly hard on this trip, and we’re so proud of each and every student and mentor who contributed their work and time at this event. Our drive team did an amazing job during matches and figuring out strategies for each match. Our scouting team spent long hours in the stands collecting data for our strategist and drive team to use. Our pit crew spent days working on and fixing the robot. The work put into this competition by each and every team member is phenomenal.

When our team wasn’t hard at work on robotics, we were having fun inside and outside the competition. We had the option to walk around the pits and stands talking to other teams and students at the competition. There were workshops offered by other teams on everything from Fundraising to Programming to Recruiting. Outside the convention center, we bonded as a team. We had a pizza party with two other Minnesota teams, and we played a team-wide game of ninja. On our last night in Houston, we had a bling fashion show and dance party. On Sunday, we visited the Houston Air and Space Museum, where we got to see cool rockets – including a FalconX and the Saturn V!

All in all, we had an incredible time in Houston at Champs. We had so much fun, learned so much, and grew as a team and as people. We’re knocking on wood that we have the chance to go again in 2023!

Team photo in front of the FIRST logo
Our pit setup

Duluth 2022

Hello, all!

NoMythic just went to Duluth for the Northern Lights regional competition. A lot happened, and we have some big news to share with you all.

First off, we would like to acknowledge all of the hard work from people in and outside the team. Our deepest gratitude goes out to our build team for designing and building the robot, our programming team for coding it, our ops crew for raising money and resources for it, our mentors for helping us achieve our goal and teaching us valuable lessons along the way, and our sponsors, friends, and families for funding and donating to the team.

Duluth was a long, hard, exhausting, fun, and incredible experience. Everyone on the team worked hard and was absolutely phenomenal at their job. Our pit crew worked each day on maintaining and improving our robot. Our drive team did an amazing job driving the robot each match. Our scouts spent long hours in the hot stands scouting robots to collect accurate data that our strategist used to create a list of teams we would want on our alliance during playoffs. All of our mentors were critical in our work as a team, working with our students to ensure that we had the resources to do our work well, and that we were in a good emotional state to do it. We are so incredibly proud of everyone on our team.

Our robot performed well in our qualification matches, and we were at twelfth rank by alliance selection. We were the alliance captains in an alliance with the Firebears and Full Metal Jackets, and together, we got to the quarterfinals in playoffs.

The awards ceremony was very eventful. Phoebe Kirchner, our team captain, won the well-deserved Dean’s list finalist award! She was recognized for her commitment to creating a welcoming team environment and culture. We are so incredibly proud of her, and we would like to thank her for her incredible amount of work done to the team and its culture.

We are delighted to say that NoMythic will be going to the FIRST robotics world championships in Houston, Texas this year. We were awarded the Engineering Inspiration award, which gives us the opportunity to go to worlds, with our entry fee paid for by NASA.

Though our entry fee is provided, we still have a lot of other things to account for as we prepare for our trip. Transportation, hotels and rooming, and food are all incredibly important things to consider, and all of the aforementioned cost money. All in all, we are expecting the trip will cost us around $15,000.

That’s why we’re asking for your help. Would you be willing to donate to the team to help us achieve our goal of going to worlds this year? Though the road ahead will be an exciting one, it will also be difficult as we work to gain money and supplies for our trip, and you can help us by providing us with money, food, or other in-kind donations. You can donate to us by way of the “donate” tab on our website, or through our GoFundMe set up for this purpose (https://tinyurl.com/NoMythic2491.) No donation is too small or too large, and any amount of support, monetary or otherwise, helps us immensely both in our goal to go to Houston this year and our larger goal to grow future generations of passionate problem solvers.

We are also looking for support from sponsor companies. If you have a potential company that could sponsor us, please don’t hesitate to email me (Joseph) at jsteinhauer@greatriverschool.org, Toby McAdams at tobymcadams@gmail.com, Michael Flood at mflood@greatriverschool.org, or the team email (2491nomythic@gmail.com) with the contact information for a representative of the company.

Again, we would like to thank you for your support of the team and its students, and we’re looking forward to telling you about our journey to world championships!

Us (middle) with our alliance: Full Metal Jackets (left) and the Firebears (right)

Kickoff 2022- Rapid React

Hello, all!

NoMythic just had its annual kickoff event, where we launched into build season and learned what we needed to know about the game this year. We decided to split this year’s kickoff into two parts, the first being on Saturday the 8th, and the second on the following Sunday.

We started off the day on Saturday by watching the kickoff video that explained the game. After that, we read over certain parts of the game manual to further understand the rules surrounding the game, field, and building requirements, and how you can score by shooting balls into different hoops or climbing up a set of bars (the higher it climbs, the more points your team gets,) and then met in small groups to talk about traits we would want for this season’s robot. Then, we played a game called the “Robot Paper Game” (or RPG) that allows players to build an imaginary robot that takes part in this season’s game to further understand the rules and what we want (and don’t want) for our robot this season.

On Sunday, we played another game of the RPG, then met as a team to talk about what we learned playing the Robot Paper Game and the strategies we gathered playing it. We then moved on to talking about what we want our robot this season to do, and decided that we want our robot to score high by focusing on climbing.

-Joseph

Robot Paper Game

May 2021

Hello, all!

As we prepare for the end of the school year, as well as the end of the season, we at NoMythic are still working hard on the robot, the team, and the future of the team. Recently, we had our first STEM speaker presentation, where chemical biologist Andrea Steiger talked to us about biology and microorganisms. People enjoyed the presentation, and we are looking forward to our next one on Thursday, May 20th. 

With the end of the year coming closer, some of us are planning for an end of the year celebration to recognize the progress we’ve made this year, give compliments to our team members, and say goodbye to our seniors. While we are sad to see our graduating team members go, we are excited to see what they go on to achieve, and we are looking forward to welcoming new members onto the team. 

We have elected a new captain’s team to continue the work of leading the team forward. To keep the transition of captains smooth, the old and new team captains will be working together until the end of the season.

We are also looking forward to the FIRST upper midwest awards ceremony to see if any of the teams we know will be awarded for the work they do. Our team will gather outside to celebrate and watch the ceremony.

We have been working on robot runs for the state competition. We got the intake to work for the new challenges, and have had fun filming them together. We will submit them in a week, and are looking forward to the results.

In conclusion, we are excited for the end of the year, and proud of the work we are still putting into our robot and our team.

April 2021

Hello, all! As the end of the year draws nearer, so do the competitions! Both the build and programming teams have been practicing and filming the robot doing the challenges that FIRST has set up. We spent an entire weekend recording our attempts, and we even live streamed on twitch (to see our past livestreams, follow us on twitch at mythicalrobotics.

While our build and programming teams have been working hard on our robot, the operations team has been hard at work on another project. We are proud to announce that, starting on May 6th, we will be hosting multiple engineering talks, where someone working in a STEM field will come to a virtual meeting to present a topic that they have expertise on, and their experiences in their STEM field. We will be hosting these events throughout the months of May and June, and our series will conclude on June 17th with an Aerospace-themed panel. To learn more about these events and sign up, go to the STEM Series section of our website.

Meanwhile, some of the members of NoMythic have been meeting twice a month to discuss our team culture and how we can improve it. We know we want to do more to make this team a welcome and inclusive space for all, so we brought in two lovely people from the consulting agency Just Move to help us design workshops to present to our team to help us achieve that goal. We received the money for these discussions through a diversity grant we applied for in February.

Finally, we are excited about an upcoming meeting, where we will nominate future captains! We look forward to seeing what these nominees will bring to the table and how they will help shape the future of NoMythic!