Thursday, November 14, 2013

Field Control System

Hello teams,

Some of you may know that we are incorporating a Field Control System into this seasons robotics challenge, and with that, comes a change in how we write code. Over the past week, we have written a programming “manual” on how to set up a file, and create basic code. We have also noticed that you have no way to test your autonomous code out, so we have created a mode changing switch that attach to your joysticks with motor screws.

At the start of the season, we took the battery backup holders out of your kits, because we didn't know what they were used for, and didn't think they were necessary. Well, we have found out what they do, and you can mount them on your robot if you want to. We have one for every team.

We will be at the high school from 3PM to 6PM on Wednesday and Thursday if you need to pick up any extra parts. Your team can also pick up the mode switch and the battery backup holder. Note: This is not a build meeting, so you don’t need to bring your robot. If you think you need help mounting the switch to your joystick, bring that along, and we can help you.

Here is the link to the programming manual. I suggest you all read it, so you have an understanding on how EasyC works. If you have any questions, you can email me, and I can help you myself, or I can direct you to someone who can answer your question. Link:

Andrew K.
KING TeC 2169

Saturday, October 12, 2013

2013 Prior Lake Vex Program Dates To Remember

Thursday    Oct 24th     7 pm    basic driving robot due, game reveal
Thursday    Nov 7th      7 pm       work/help night
Thursday    Nov 21st     7 pm       work/help night
Thursday    Dec 5th       7 pm       programming night
Thursday    Dec 19th     6:30 pm  programming/practice night
Friday         Dec 20th    6:30 pm   programming/practice night

Saturday     Dec 21st                    Tournament

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Welcome to Middle School Robotics 2013

Welcome to
Middle School

Built by
7th graders
from HOMS
brought to you by

Prior Lake Robotics
FIRST Team 2169

Monday, April 8, 2013

Video: KING TeC's Robot Dominates at the FRC 2013 Colorado Regional Quarter Finals 1-2

Published on Apr 8, 2013
Score - Red: 209 Blue: 51

2169 (Prior Lake HS, Savage, MN)
2259 (CEC Middle College, Denver)
701 (Vanden HS, Fairfield, CA)

2972 (Alexander Dawson School, Lafayette)
3403 (Vista Ridge HS, Colorado Springs)
4388 (Fosile Ridge HS, Fort Collins)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Prior Lake Middle School Robotics 2012 Photo Slideshow

Published on Feb 2, 2013
This is a slideshow of photos from the 2012 Prior Lake Middle School Robotics Program. Photos provided by David Nguyen, Todd Swank, Joel Volm, and the Prior Lake High School team, KING TeC.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Robotics on a roll in Minnesota schools

KING TeC was featured in an article on

Here's an excerpt: 

"Minnesota is becoming a Mecca for robotics," said Joe Passofaro, one of the mentors/coaches for the Prior Lake High School robotics team, which won the state championship last year. "We're getting a group here that is coming onto the world scene."
Minnesota last year became the first state in the country to sanction a state tournament and championship for robotics teams. Teams compete by building robots to perform specific tasks -- shooting basketballs last year, throwing Frisbees this year -- and then seeing whose works the best.

Here's a link to the article: