November 18, 2018

The 2018 Minne Mini Robotics Tournament


The 2018 Minne Mini Robotics Tournament
Todd Swank's Diary Entry for November 18, 2018


I spent much of the week in Kansas City along with my team attending a very intense & powerful sales training.  We worked hard and played hard together.


On Saturday, I attended the 2018 Minne Mini Regional FRC Robotics Tournament.  The tournament consists of 36 robotics teams from Minnesota & Iowa competing in a game called First Power Up.


Basically each match consists of 2 alliances with 3 robots per side competing to score points by performing various tasks including lifting large blocks onto a scale to gain control away from the competing alliance.  It's 2 minutes of chaos on the field and a lot of fun to watch.


I was one of 8 judges observing the tournament and interviewing the teams to determine which ones would win various awards for showcasing talent in engineering, spirit, and gracious professionalism.  It's hard to judge because there are so many worthy teams to be considered and a ton of great kids.


It's also fun spending time with my fellow judges.  These are a bunch of great guys.


After the tournament we went out to dinner with the Korkowskis and one of Sue's best friends from childhood.  We had a nice dinner before heading back to the high school for a late night event.


We went to see the Prior Lake High School performance of Sister Act.  If you haven't seen the movie, the story is about a night club singer who witnesses a murder and has to go into hiding so she pretends to be a nun in a local convent.  Hilarity ensues.


We were there to support Grace Korkowski who was one of the nuns.  It was fun seeing her sing and dance throughout the various performances.


There are a lot of talented performers at Prior Lake High School.


There were more than 120 students involved in the production which seems pretty crazy to me.  That's a lot of kids.  But you could totally see the amount of passion and hard-work they put into the production.  It was a phenomenal show!