Who are the Millerbots?
The Washburn Millerbots, now in our 13th 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 four Regional competitions, two Imagery awards, two Safety awards, one Engineering Inspiration award, one Industrial Design Award, and gone on to compete at Nationals four 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 – 2019 MN North Star Regional Winner and Industrial Design Award Sponsored by General Motors
Winner – 2018 Engineering Inspiration Award
Winner – 2017 Best Mascot
Winner – 2016 Pit Safety Award
Winner – 2015 Imagery Award In Honor Of Jack Kamen
Winner – 2014 Imagery Award In Honor Of Jack Kamen
Winner – 2012 Industrial Safety Award
Winner – 2011 Minnesota North Star Regional
Winner – 2009 Minnesota North Star Regional
Winner – 2008 Wisconsin Regional
This Year’s Game
Infinite Recharge is the FIRST Robotics Competition game for the 2020 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 is sponsored by Star Wars: Force for Change. The two alliances each compete to shoot and score Power Cells so they can power their Energy Generator. During the Endgame, we have to climb a horizontal rod with our robot in order to re-energize our shields.