I tried the burn on my Mac but because the card only allowed me read access, I used my Windows laptop for the burn. I downloaded the image on my Mac, saved it to a USB, and then just transferred copied the image to my laptop. I used Etcher (https://etcher.io/) for the burn, super easy.
I think one of the issues from the start as graykevinb pointed out, was that I didn't download Raspbian for Robots and downloaded Raspbian Jessie with Pixel instead. Raspbian for Robots had everything I needed and it was smooth sailing from there.