Lightning Turtles Build Season Week 5 Newsletter Published

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It’s the end of Build Week 5 and there’s just 9 days left in the robot build season.  Take a look at our fifth weekly newsletter and learn about how we have achieved full assembly of the bot and have finishing touches and programming next!


Robot Complete! Ready for Competition Open House!

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Robot Complete! Ready for Competition Open House!

Who’s invited: Our Team Sponsors, ISD 197 District and School Faculty, Staff & Board Members, Students, Mentors, Family, Friends & just about anyone else interested in STEM and Competitive Robotics

When: Friday, Feb 16, 2018

What Time:  4:00p – 6:00p (snacks provided)


Where:         Henry Sibley High School – (map– enter front door – follow signs
                     1897 Delaware Avenue, Mendota Heights, MN 55118
Who we are:  We’re a 25 student coed team, open to all, that students can join to learn real-world design – including computer-aided design (CAD), programming, fabricating, assembling, electrical & mechanical engineering and business/media skills in the pursuit of building a competition-ready robot.  Our program is an after-school based team program designed to teach students real-world technology based and problem-solving skills. The program uses a combination of mentor-provided expertise as well as guidance, rules and competitions provided by the international FIRST program.  The FIRST program – in it’s 13th year – provides exceptional opportunities and over $55M in college scholarships otherwise inaccessible outside of FIRST.  The Henry Sibley Robotics Team includes eight industry mentors from Ecolab, 3M, Leidos, Best Buy, Mayo Clinic and professional media as well as two team alumni returning as mentors.  Check out our website at: .  Want to know more about the 2018 First Robotics Team Challenge? Watch the challenge video (
Open House Schedule
4:00p-4:45p Main Presentation
    • Team Introductions (Students/Mentors)
    • Thanks to each of our Sponsors!
    • Robot Build Season Recap – Hear from each of the Student Division Leaders –
      • Computer-Aided Design
      • Fabrication
      • Electrical / Programming
      • Business / Media
    • Build Season Recap Video
    • Upcoming Regional Competitions – Duluth (Mar 8-10) and La Crosse, WI (Apr 5-7)
4:45p-4:55p Break
    • Robot Reveal
    • Working Demonstration of the Team/Robot Competition Capabilities 
    • Short Teach-out – the Mechanical Features of our Robot 
    • Competition Strategy & Autonomous Mode Capabilities
5:30p-6:00p Wrap Up and Q&A with the Team


Team Contacts

Charles Nepomuceno – Lead Mentor – Engineering
Dan Halsey – Mentor – Business/Media
Doug Sisk – Henry Sibley HS Tech Ed Faculty

Lightning Turtles Build Season Week 2 Newsletter Published

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Our second weekly newsletter is out and caps our rapid move forward on prototyping, finishing the robot drivetrain/chassis, CADing all elements of the robot design – including mechanisms and electrical as well as getting initial programming underway for sensors and robot driving.

Lightning Turtles Build Season Week 2 Newsletter

Pre-season is winding down (or is it up?)

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As we get closer to winter break, The Lightning Turtles are finishing up training activities in preparation for the Power Up Reveal in January 6th.

Luz and Khai rewire the test drivetrain.

Gabe updates the test wiring board.

Ok – old bin of fasteners on the bottom; new highly organized (1 of 20) parts bins on the top.


Successful fundraising night at Culver’s

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We had a great night at Culver’s!  Through strong social media outreach and perseverance (including fabricating 3 street signs as well as marketing to customers at the Holiday Station across the street), Tuesday night December 5th was a banner night for Culver’s and for our team fundraising efforts.  With the 10% giveback from Culver’s and tips we received, we raised $310 and educated many, many customers and intrigued kids from the community with our ball-shooting robot.

Half our crew delivered meals to customers in the drive lane and the dining room, and the other half talked about the Sibley robotics program, our growth and our passion for problem-solving and engineering.

Thanks to all who came out on a very cold and slippery evening.  For a bit, our passion became your passion and we appreciate your patronage and donations!

Members of The Lightning Turtles – ready to serve and inform customers about our team.

The Chandlers stopped by for dinner and a robo-discussion.