The Herd Volunteers at a local FLL Scrimmage

Members and Mentors from FRC 4818 The Herd helped out at the local  FLL Scrimmage. Between everyone, we were everything from project design judges to traffic control. Thank you to the following members and  mentors for helping make this scrimmage go so well!

Grace Bailey – Project Design Judge
Rose McNamee – Robot Design Judge
Bethany Teets – Project Design Judge
Devin Larson – Traffic Control
Chris Garty – Head Project Judge
Brad Baltrusch – Game Referee
Steve Larson – Project Design Judge

Andrew Vetter brought last year’s robot in and let all the kids get to see what else you can do in FIRST. We had a blast volunteering good luck to all the FLL teams with the rest of your season!

– Bethany Teets

FRC 2016 Stronghold Overview

first-stronghold PrintField

The 2016 FIRST Robotics Competition game is Stronghold. The objective of the game is to earn points in a variety of ways. Points can be earned by shooting boulders into the castle, crossing outer works, or breaching and scaling the castle.

There are two alliances during the game, each consisting of three robots. Alliances can earn points in numerous ways. One way to do this is to cross over the outer works. Outer works must be crossed  twice in order to score. Alliances may also shoot boulders at the castle via the high goal and/or the low goal. Each alliance is allowed a defensive robot to try and stop the opposing robots from shooting at the castle. After eight boulders have been successfully shot into the castle, the castle is captured and all robots must sit on the batter surrounding the castle. In the last 20 seconds, robots may scale the tower to gain additional points.

The game begins with a 15 second autonomous period. Robots can attempt to touch or cross the outer works and/or shoot boulders at the castle.


-Emily Martin

The Herd Impresses the Pro’s

During the month of March we had the fortune of visiting the FM Engineers Club during one of their monthly meetings.  Our President Grace Bailey, Marketing Captain Bailey Aanenson, Lead Programmer Andrew Vetter, and Safety Captain Cole Amundson were those that attended.  This meeting took place at the Kelly Inn in Fargo.  We went with the goal of thanking the club for their generous donation and explain what First Robotics is.  There was also other various NDSU groups presenting alongside us.

It started with us getting provided delicious food by the FM Engineers which was shortly followed by their typical agenda.  This schedule consisted of discussions on upcoming social gatherings and how to better spread engineering values to the community.  After this task was completed, the presentations came on.  We were last on the list and we listened to various college level clubs and groups present on their differing values and competitions.  Our group had a smashing presentation displaying the goals of First Robotics and how we performed in our regional competitions.  This led to a very nice appreciation visit for one of our great sponsors that we hope to continue being in contact with.

-Cole Amundson

Robot Rolls through Eastwood Elementary

March 31st Eastwood Elementary-We recently attended our first elementary school visit at Eastwood Elementary in West Fargo, ND. We showcased our robot and our team to over two hundred 4th and 5th graders. We had the goal of teaching the kids about the opportunities they have for science, technology, engineering and math classes in the future as well as the opportunities they have for robotics through FIRST Lego League.
Through both a presentation and an interactive segment, we displayed FIRST values. First, we gave a quick presentation and showed a rocking video that received oohs and ahhs from the kids. Next, we gave a robot demo of SOLID, while explaining a couple of concepts our robot and answering questions about our team and robot. We ended our day with a noodle throwing contest to get the kids excited about FIRST Robotics and the physical aspects of the game. Through this visit we hope inspire these children to become interested in not only FIRST Robotics but to inform them about the all the opportunities available to them in STEM fields.

– Grace Bailey

WF Robotics in the News: Local Robotics Team Heading To Nationals Shows Off Robot

From KVRR News:


Some Sheyenne and West Fargo High School students are headed to a national robotics competition.

Before heading out to the National FIRST Robotics Competition in St. Louis, students showcased their robot at John Deere in Fargo.

The robot moved around and stacked containers.

This is the third year for the students and they raised around $50,000 from sponsors.
“It’s really awesome to actually let people see what we’re doing because I think a lot of times, robotics is kind of one of those sports that’s not really super recognized and the newspaper reports a lot about you know basketball, baseball, but robotics I feel like it needs more attention because I feel like it’s a really important aspect of the community. It has a lot of real world skills involved in it,” said Marketing Team Captain Bailey Aanenson.
One of the goals of the team is to introduce others to the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

Link to article:

West Fargo Robotics Team works with local companies to develop regional champion robot

From WDAY News Team

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) – While high schools are cheering on teams in the state basketball tournament, a more futurisitic team is preparing for its sports world championship.

The West Fargo Robotics Team showed off its victorious robot today at John Deere in Fargo. Team members have been working with mentors from the company, as well as Microsoft, to develop the high-tech machine. It’s designed to stack and move recycling bins.

The students recently won their regional championship in Duluth.

Bailey Aanenson/West Fargo Robotics, “It’s taking everything we’ve learned at a basic level in the classroom, like, times ten. And it’s giving it a real world application.”

We won regionals!! Team 4818 “The Herd” earns their place in the FRC World Championship!

West Fargo Robotics just won the finals as part of three team alliance Crimson Apple Herd! :)
Team 4818 - The Herd - West Fargo Robotics - Winners of the Duluth regional
At the end of day one and six of our qualification matches, we were 62nd out of 63 teams, but won the Imagery Award for the best presented team with our good looking robot, pit, and team ;).
At midday on day two with the remaining three of our qualification matches completed, we were 62nd, but we were impressing potential alliance partners with our consistent tote stacking ability.
We were picked 3rd in the 8 alliance draft process and then proceeded to battle through the playoffs as part of alliance “Crimson Apple Herd” (teams 2526, 93, and us).
And then in a high quality and closely-fought best of three finals, we won a close match one by 1 point and a thrilling match two by 2 points (119-121) to win the Duluth Lake Superior regional and earn a qualification spot for the 2015 FIRST World Championship in St Louis, MO on April 22nd.
Team 4818 - The Herd - West Fargo Robotics - At Duluth regional

A compilation of videos from the event:

Electronics Team: Ups and Downs

For the last few years I have the honor of being a member of the West Fargo High School’s FIRST Robotics team. Our practices which are typically five days a week are a constant working force that moves us forward to the regionals. Over these last few weeks we have been pushing countless hours into making a workable robot. There are many fields of expertise involved in building a completive robot that range from pneumatics to programming. I am a member of our team’s programing team.
During my experience in FIRST Robotics, my team and I have faced many problems that we had to overcome. Some examples include figuring out how our driving mechanism would interpret direction or vectors in this case. Another challenge that we came across was complications with setting up our gyroscopes (position sensor). On top of that, autonomous mode (the fifteenth second period before the game starts in which robots run on pre-programed commands) also had some issues as the robot design conflicted with our code we had programed thus far. Overall, I feel that we expanded on our problem solving skills and gained valuable life lessons in the process.

-Tristan Anderson

Recycle Rush Overview

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This year’s game is Recycle Rush. The objective of this game is to earn points through numerous tactics. Points can be earned by stacking totes on specified platforms for scoring, placing recycling containers over the stacks, or getting rid of litter (pool noodles).


There are two alliances within this game each consisting of three robots. Each Alliance remains on their side of the playing field. Alliances can earn points in numerous ways. They can do this by removing litter from their landfill zone or by putting litter on or in scored recycling containers. An Alliance has the opportunity to add points to the score of the other Alliance, by leaving litter unprocessed on their side of the field.They can also earn points through Coopertition or teaming-up with the other Alliance in that match. These points are given if there are at least four yellow totes on the step at the same time during the match. An Alliance has the opportunity to double their Coopertition points if they arrange four of the yellow totes in a single stack on the step.


The game begins with a 15 second autonomous period. Robots attempt to earn points by moving yellow totes and their recycling containers in the Auto-zone or the area between the scoring platform without human assistance.


During the Teleop Period (the last two minutes and fifteen seconds of the game) students drivers control the robots remotely behind the walls at the end of the field. Teams on Alliances can work together to place as many totes on the white scoring platform. They can earn additional points by recycling containers place on the scored totes. The higher the container, the more the points. All materials used are either recycled or reused by the team or by FIRST at the end of the season.

scoring grid


-Gift Ben-Bernard