The Millerbots at Detroit Worlds 2018

  The Washburn Millerbots, now in our 12th season, were founded in 2008 by Sarah Etzel, Peter Grul, Jerrod Nelson, Mark Le Feber and Linda Teppo. Based out of Washburn High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, we compete as FIRST Robotics Team 2549. Over the past decade, our team has won three Regional competitions, two Imagery awards, two Safety awards, one Engineering Inspiration award, and gone on to compete at Nationals three times.

     As Millerbots, we are more than just a sports team, we are a family. While our obvious aim as a FIRST Robotics team is to win each season, we have other goals as well. We provide our team members with experiences in real-world engineering, design, and problem-solving; we learn how to work together as a team and effectively communicate complex ideas, even through disagreement.

Washburn Millerbots (Team 2549) FIRST Robotics Competition Awards

  • Winner – 2008 Wisconsin Regional
  • Winner – 2009 Minnesota North Star Regional
  • Winner – 2011 Minnesota North Star Regional
  • Winner – 2012 Industrial Safety Award
  • Winner – 2014 Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen
  • Winner – 2015 Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen
  • Winner – 2016 Pit Safety Award
  • Winner – 2017 Best Mascot
  • Winner – 2018 Engineering Inspiration Award
  • Winner – 2019 Regional Winner and Industrial Design Award Sponsored by General Motors

This Year’s Plan (2019)

2019 FIRST Robotics Competition Destination: Deep Space Game Animation

  •  Kickoff
    • January 5, 2019
    • Northrop Auditorium – 84 Church St SE Minneapolis, MN 55455 USA
  • Great Northern Regional
    • March 13-16, 2019
    • Alerus Center – 1200 S 42nd Street Grand Forks, ND 58201 USA
  • Minnesota North Star Regional
    • March 27-30, 2019
    • 3M Arena at Mariucci University of Minnesota – 1901 4th Street SE Minneapolis, MN 55455 USA
  • 2019 Detroit World Championship
    • April 24-27, 2019
    • Cobo Center – 1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

2019 Game

Destination: Deep Space, is the FIRST Robotics Competition game for the 2019 season. It involves two alliances of three teams each, with each team controlling a robot and performing specific tasks on a field to score points. The game has an outer space theme and involves two alliances of three teams each competing to place hatch covers and rubber balls or “cargo” on rockets and cargo ships before returning to their hab platform to climb at the end of the match.