What we're doing
Early in the Morning on Friday October 27, 2023 our team loaded our robot and pit into the trailer and by 8:30am we were off on our adventure to the NMRC (Northern Minnesota Robotics Conference) Meet in Babbitt, MN. After 2 1/2 hours of winding roads and north eastern Minnesota scenery we arrived in the small mining town of Babbitt, MN. Once we located the school and followed directions to load in, we made our way to our place in the line up of the 19 teams that were at the competition and prepared for the matches of the day. Before the qualifying matches started we were served a SUBWAY lunch in the cafeteria, provided by the Babbitt Team Iron Mosquitos 5653. After lunch came the Drivers Meeting and the start of the first qualifying Matches of the competition. Our First match of the day was match number 3, where we competed with 4674 RoboJacks and 3275 The Regulators. During the match we collected cones from the players station and delivered them to our community grid. Then with less than 30 seconds left in the match we attempted to level our alliance's switch which ended the match. We Continued to compete in matches through out the after noon until around 5:45PM when the competition took a break for a taco supper also provided by our host team the Iron Mosquitos and their volunteers. After supper came several more matches until 7:10PM when the awards ceremony started. Here yoji Shimizu gave out the Chairmans, inspiration, Judges and spirit awards for the event. The Awards ceremony ended the day, the pits closed and so we headed to our hotel for the night The Junction Inn right in Babbitt. All in All the day went Very well with only a few battery problems that the team turned into opportunity to practice Problem solving and team work skills. Also the day marked the first robotics event that two of our new team members participated in and did amazingly well at.
Saturday came cold and snowy. at 7:30AM Our team enjoyed a quick breakfast at the Junction Inn Before heading back to the high school for another day of competition and adventure. Our day consisted of 3 qualifying matches before the alliance selection at 10:00 AM. Our first match was with teams 2503 Warrior Robotics and 876 Thunder Robotics. During this match our new drivers built up their driving skills and at the end of the game we leveled the switch with Thunder Robotics. The next two matches were back to back and fast, soon it was Alliance Selection time where the top four teams picked two other teams to join their alliance. After the Picking was done the Playoff matches started. We stayed for the Playoffs and then repacked the trailer for the quite journey home. Once we arrived back in Kelliher, we unloaded the trailer and brought every thing back into the robotics room bringing the 2023 NMRC Championship to a successful close.
Be sure to check out the new pages about our trips to state and Worlds, located under the tab "Bog Bots Report".
THANK YOU to OUR SPONSORS, SUPPORTERS, VOULNTEERS, DONERS and to our COMMUNITIES. Without your support this experience, if not this entire season, would not be possible. We deeply appreciate your support.
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Community Outreach and involvement
Since COVID-19 The Kelliher Bog Bots have been working on replacing lost avenues for out reach, while improving and monitoring existing areas that we have already established. The following are the avenues that we are currently using to reach out and be involved in our community.
Kelliher Public School
Gatherings and events
The Kelliher Bog Bots Team 6453 Is more than just a First Robotics Competition Team with a name and a number and a Neat or cool Mascot and logo. It is apart of a dedicated small town school that itself is an integral part of a hard working small Northern Minnesota Town. Who both have supported us and took an interest in us from our team's Creation to this current Season. In Return, We, the members and staff of 6453 Do our level best to give back to this school and to this town when and wherever possible. Our give back Ranges From our performance at our School's ROBOT & GAME REVEAL every season, to setting up booths and displays at the community's fairs and carnivals, to having a float in the local Big Bog Festival during the summer. Theses avenues of out reach give us a chance to give back to a school and a community that, as a whole given us a lot.
2018 School Reveal to our future members.
FRC Power UP
2019 pre-School assembly Reveal.
The Future of our Team!
2021 Team display in Kelliher Public School Cafeteria to be viewed by all ages.
2023 health fair booth displaying our accomplishments and our new pit.
BOG BOTS ROADSIDE CLEANERS
Team 6453 is now a part of the Adopt-A-Highway Program, with the adoption of a one mile section of Minnesota Highway 1 outside of Shooks heading west. This means that we will be in charge of keeping the ditches on both sides of our section of Highway 1 clear of trash and other roadside debris. This gives us the chance to be seen out in the community and to do our part to keep our local highways clean for both the locals and those who come up to our area to get away and enjoy what our outdoors has to offer.
Our Kids taking a break while working to keep or section of highway clean. May 2022
Its Official we are caretakers of a one mile section of Minnesota Highway
IN May of 2022 Team 6453 was given the opportunity to present to a neighboring high school, Northome School in Northome Minnesota. We were asked to present to Junior high and high school students, to share with them what it is like being apart of the First Robotics Competition. Including, what FIRST offers, What you can learn in FIRST, what it takes to build a robot, how a typical season is laid out and what we have learned together in our six years of being in FIRSTS Robotics. This presentation was put on to help Northome on their information search on starting a team of their own and becoming apart of the Northern Minnesota Robotics Conference.
Our team displaying and explaining our robot Capitan Jack to perspective Northome team Members
Answering questions about the robot and being apart of a First Robotics Competition Team.
In Big Bog Festival
In July of 2022 our team put together a float for the Big Bog Festival in Kelliher, Minnesota. We were able to drive our robot ahead of the float with our flag waving proudly. This gave us a chance to be seen by the community and to thank the community for supporting us.
Our team's float before the 2022 Kelliher Big Bog Festival. Ready to be seen by the community