Volume 12: 2019 - Destination Deep Space Volume 11: 2018 - Power Up
Issue 1: The Start of a New Year
TALON 540’s back and running! After a relaxing summer break, we started the grind again with our interest meetings. Read more…
Issue 2: We Rock the Bot!
This is Talon 540’s first participation in IROC, and our first time participating in two off-season events in the same year. Read more…
Issue 3: Into ORBIT
TALON 540 hosted our very own FIRST Lego Leagues at Godwin High School. Read more….
Issue 4: 540 Blasts Off!
This year’s game looks like it will be quite a... *blast*. The introduction of the “Sandstorm” period was definitely a surprise, but the lack of necessity for a proper. Read more…
Issue 5: 540 Takes Their Maiden Flight!
A lot of progress was made in this first week of Build Season! Our team is ready to blast off into the busy weeks of build season and beyond. Read more….
Issue 6: Orbiting Around the Clock!
We have made huge progress by working hard to finish prototyping mechanisms. Read more…..
Issue 7: Blasting Towards the Finish Line!
We've been on a roll this week and working hard to finish up and stay on schedule! Read more…..
Issue 8: And We Have Lift Off!
We're already at week 4! We have been working extraordinary hard this week to stay on top of our schedule! Read more….
Issue 9: T-Minus 1 Week!
There's something oddly compelling about the whirlwind of work that follows the end game of every FRC Build Season. Read more…
Issue 10: Launch Day!
Woo!! Build season started and ended successfully! We've been better and more productive than ever before! Read more…
Issue 11: Ready to Launch!
After six long and enduring weeks of creating our robot, we have finally arrived at the moment we have been waiting for: competing! Read more…
Issue 12: Our Final Journey!
With our achievements in Deep Run and Blacksburg, we continued our journey on to States at George Mason University. Read more…
Issue 13: Our Safe Landing Home!
The competition season has finally come to an end and preparations for next year have begun. Read more…
Issue 1: Ready, Set, TRAIN!
Here we are again! Robotics season began once again with more energy and passion as ever. We encouraged many freshman and others to join our team and follow the STEM career. Read more….
Issue 2: Making it LOUD!
Last Saturday the 7th, our team attended Makerfest to encourage young children to follow the STEM pathway. Read more….
Issue 3: Ready to Rumble!
Rumble in the Roads is a pre-season FIRST robotics competition, a modified version of last year's game, STEAMWORKS. Read more….
Issue 4: FIRST Lego League!
On November 18th, TALON 540 hosted a FIRST Lego League event at Godwin High School. Many of our members volunteered their time to organize this event for the kids. Read more….
Issue 5: A Quick Update
For the two weeks of the month that we were able to meet, our entire team continued to train and prepare for the new season. Read more….
Issue 6: 3...2...1...Kickoff!
Overall, we had a very successful kick-off this year. Thank you to all the alumni coming back to share their suggestions and advice. Read more…
Issue 7: The Beginning of Our Journey!
Succeeding Kickoff, we immediately began the new season with prototyping. Read more….
Issue 8: Snowy Weeks: A Special Edition
Although Week 1 ran smoothly, Week 2 and Week 3 of Build Season were cut short due to an unexpected winter storm. Read more….
Issue 9: It Moves!
We began Week 4 with a great start! Though we encountered scheduling issues in Weeks 2 and 3, the entire team worked diligently and we were able to get back on our feet. Read more….
Issue 10: Powering Up!
The deadline is approaching soon! In comparison to previous years, our team accomplished so much in this short period. Read more….
Issue 11: Coming Up on the Home Stretch
This build season started with a blast and and ended victoriously! Though there have been some obstacles in our way, we successfully overcame them with our new skills we gained this season. Read more….
Issue 12: Go Big or Go Home!
After weeks of preparing our robot and prepping the drive team, we finally demonstrated our skills at the Central Virginia Districts competition this past Saturday and Sunday at Deep Run High School. Read more…..
We're back! We've stayed busy since winning the entrepreneurship award at the worlds level. Read more….
Issue 2: Our FIRST Competition!
From preparing for Robot Rumble to training the rookies the team has had an eventful month. Read more….
Issue 3: Rumble? FLL? Oh my!
One Saturday,the members of TALON 540 met to host our fourth annual FLL tournament! Read more…
Issue 4: The Finalized Roster!
TALON 540 conducted their first successful fundraiser at Applebee's. Each member was responsible for selling two tickets each valuing $12. Read more….
Issue 5: A Snowy Kickoff!
After returning from break, our team was prepared for kick-off with a finalized roster. Read more…
Issue 6: Bombinibots!
The Bombini Bot, a TALON 540 creation, is a simple robot utilized for exposing young children to the vast world of technology.
Issue 7: A Teaching Curriculum?
During the second week of build season, the strategy we created was finalized. Read more…..
Issue 8: A New Trailer!
Our second successful fundraiser occurred on Saturday, January 28th at Applebee’s. Read more….
Issue 9: A Final Proto?
Every year, our team selects two members who best represent FIRST traits to be in Dean’s list. Read more….
Issue 10: Week 5, a Success!
Recently the Programming subgroup has been quite busy. Read more…..
Issue 11: Build Season is Over!
Now that Strategy has access to the robot, they can complete the selection process of the drive team. Read more….
Issue 12: Victory at Southwest VA Districts!
After much hardship and dedication, our team demonstrated our talent at Blacksburg, Virginia. Read more….
Issue 13: Success at Central VA Districts!
On March 25-26, the TALON 540 team traveled to Deep Run High School for their second District Competition. Read more…
Issue 14: All about the Journey
Marked by hard work and passion, we approached every obstacle in our way with dedication and determination. Read more…
Issue 1: School's Out, Scream and Shout!
Just because school is out and summer is here doesn't mean robotics has to end. In fact, TALON 540 is a year round deal. Read more….
Issue 2: As the Leaves Begin to Change Colors...
September jump starts the new year for TALON 540! Not just any year, though. This year is our sixteenth year! Read more…
Issue 3: The FINAL Team Roster is in Place!
We are really fortunate to have so many people interested in our team this year. You can feel the excitement in room 31 whenever we start a meeting. Read more….
Issue 4: Time to Rumble!
Rumble in the Roads is a pre-season FRC competition. This year, the competition was a modified version of last year's FRC game, Recycle Rush. Read more…..
Issue 5: 3... 2... 1... LEGO!
Once again a huge amount of people and teams turned out for our annual FLL tournament hosted at our highschool.
Issue 6: Kickoff? Stronghold? What the FIRST happened early January?
Every year, the game animation is livestreamed to FRC teams throughout the world. Kickoff, the day the game animation is show, is when TALON 540 figures out how we should design our robots. Read more….
Issue 7: Oh My FIRST! We Have a Final Design!
The Saturday meeting in Week 2 was cancelled with midterms looming on the horizon. Read more…
Issue 8: Dear Diary
At this week’s TALON 540 meeting, the programming subgroup plans to perfect existing codes, start drafting ideas for autonomous modes, and start creating this year’s sensor book. Read more…..
Issue 9: Shooting is Improved!
The improvement on our shooter can be attributed to the joint effort of Danny and Tommy, along with our beloved adult mentors. Read more….
Issue 10: BombiniBots? A Children's Book?
This week we visited the Peter Paul Development Center and taught students how to build and program their own robots using “BombiniBot” curriculum. Read more…..
Issue 11: Preparing for Battle: Blacksburg
This weekend, TALON 540 will be heading southwest to attend our first of two district competitions! Read more…..
Issue 12: Preparing for Battle: Doswell
Now, TALON 540 will be heading due north to attend our second and final district competition!
Issue 13: The Road to Glory
Our trip to the state championships was filled with hard-work and dedication; every dilemma was approached with a positive attitude and ingenuity. Read more….
Issue 14: We did it! World Championships!
After a fourteen hour bus ride from our nest in Virginia to the World's city at St. Louis, Missouri, a small task-force set up pit at the stadium. Read more….