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2017 Season Is Here4 December, 2016
With kick-off right around the corner we are gearing up for our December Parent Info Night, taking place 8 December at VAHS's MPR from 6 to 7:30pm. I hope all parents will be there. I have place the new Menu Sign-up Sheet online, accessable through our Calendar page on this website. Parents, please sign up for at least one evening for a meal. With 29 meals to provide, and almost 40 active team members there should be no reason for any parent to sign up twice. There are 3 Saturday lunches along with the 26 evening meals to provide. Please help support the team. Meals do not need to be fancy. Burgers and dogs, spaghetti, chili, etc, are all acceptable and fairly cheap meals to provide. We just want to avoid needing to grab pizza often, though it is acceptable also , from time to time.
Once again we will be participating with Optimal Robotics from Palo Verde Magnet High School for Kick-off on 7 January, 2017. Like last year, our plan is to watch the video, break up into teams and review the rules, then devise our strategies. From there will come the robot design best suited to the desired accomplishments of the individual teams.
20 October, 2016
So, we have now registered for the AZ North Regional and the Las Vegas Regional. The AZ North Regional is in Flagstaff, AZ, at the Walk-up Skydome from March 8th through 11th. We will depart Tucson at approximately 12pm on the 8th. The hotel we stay in is in works and we will email that out when we have it. We will check out the morning of the 11th and attend the rest of qualifications and finals. We will depart for Tucson after the awards ceremony following finals.
The Las Vegas Regional is April 5th through the 8th. We will depart Tucson at approximately 7am on the 8th. Again, the hotel is in the works. We will return to the hotel after the awards ceremony following finals on the 8th. We will depart Las Vegas at approximately 7am on Sunday, the 9th.
Finished at State in 18th. Not the best, but not the worst we've done, either. All of the students had a really good time, and it was an excellent learning experience for them. They learned, for one, NOT to forget the wrenches when we go to a competition. We knocked the track off during a match and didn't have the tools to fix it. Fortunately we were able to borrow tools and barely got the track back on and tensioned before it was time to go back on the field.
We were not selected to go into the finals this year. I see this as more of an opportunity to find ways to improve our team and the performance of the robot than a direct reflection on the team. Again, networking is of importance at these competitions, as well as individual robot performance. While we kick butt, we can do better, and we will.
11 October, 2016
All right everyone, coming out of Fall break. We are headed up to Phoenix on Friday for the Sanghi Foundation Arizona State FIRST Robotics Competition. We have made our modifications to The Kurgan and are raring to go. A small group of us will be there on Friday, with the rest joining us on Saturday. Feel free to join us and cheer the team along. It will be at Arcadia High School in Phoenix.
11 September, 2016
We had a small showing for Parent Info Night. The slides are now updated and posted on the Parent Info page. I have also updated more information on the page relevant to this season's competition. I will be emailing out the slides to all parents, along with a summary of the discussions/questions during the event.
One of our sponsors will be given a presentation on October 6th. The Arizona Senior Academy in the Vail area will be hosting the event. Come see the students give a presentation to our sponsors. Also look for other presentations that may interest you being hosted by ASA.
The Tax Credit information is also updated including the link to the form page. For our team, please make sure that you make the tax credits to Vail Academy and High School, and write "Robotics" in the "Other" field. For the online payment, select Vail Academy and High School in the school drop-down and then "Robotics" from the Vail Academy Activities drop-down.
10 September, 2016
We had a great mini-kickoff for our preseason builds. Half of our team will be working on a t-shirt cannon, and the other half will be working on a Frisbee shooter. It looks like designs are mostly done for both already. This is our first season that we are attempting this kind of effort, but it already looks like it's paying off in the excitement of the participants of the team. We look forward to their progress.
21 August, 2016
Okay all, we have received news that the Tucson Tussle is cancelled for this year. While this sounds like bad news, there is more than a silver lining. Instead of renting the field from the San Diego team that had it, Palo Verde's team (Optimal Robotics) has made arrangements to purchase a field. This is the basic field as listed at AndyMark. The seasonal game components are extra each year. From my understanding, last season's game components ran for $8K. So they have opted not to invest the extra for only one event (Tucson Tussle). Understandable, in my humble opinion.
All of the necessary forms have been loaded to the site. They will be emailed out, and some printed copies will be available at the next meeting, as well. Upcoming events, Parent Info Night will be at VAHS in the MPR on Sep 1 st from 6pm to 7:30pm. Please come by.
11 August, 2016
Wow! What a first meeting! We had well over 40 students present for the first meeting. Thank you to all who attended and we expect to see you again next Wednesday. Next Wednesday will be a 1:30 to 3:30 meeting because of the half-day that will be going on in all of the high schools. Though we will not be meeting this Friday (8/12) or Saturday (8/13), we will be meeting next Wednesday (8/17) and scheduled for next Saturday (8/20).
Everything is off to a great start. We also have Arizona Public Media doing a special on the team for this season. They will be in and out throughout the year. We are very excited to see the final product on that one, as well.
I will be updating the website some more tomorrow with updated forms for this year, so keep an eye out. Make sure to get the media release and the transportation forms in immediately.
30 July, 2016
We made it to all of the Open Houses for the high schools, thank you to all of the administrations for allowing us this wonderful opportunity. We made it to a couple of the Freshman Orientations, as well. Thank you to all who attended, and to those who signed up.
Our meeting schedule for now is Wednesdays from 4pm to 6pm for the whole team, Fridays from 4pm to 7pm for Advanced Fab only, and Saturdays from 8am to about noon for the whole team again. We are still located at VAHS in Rm 218. Advanced Fab has an alternate schedule for safety reasons. This schedule is a new thing for us and may be revised as the season progresses so we may provide a better learning environment.
We chose 4pm to give the students coming from other schools the chance to get to VAHS. There is an adult at the room from the time the school lets out until the meeting time to provide a place for students to do homework or to get a jump on their tasks for the day.
The first Parent Info Night is scheduled for September 1st or 8th. As soon as I find my calendar again I will confirm on here and on our team's calendar. My apologies for that.
9 July, 2016
The Robotics Workday has been very productive. Thank you to those members who did show up. We have established a schedule for this coming season, as well as several ideas for upcoming community outreach events, fundraisers, etc. We reorganized the build room a little, bringing the design team down here into the extra space we acquired, thank you Mr. Barger. Watch your emails as we approach the new school year. Our first meeting will be August 10th . We will try to make an appearance at the Open Houses for the high schools, as well as Freshman Orientations.
13 June, 2016
Even though we are "off" for the summer, we have still been fairly busy. We have been assisting with summer camps, doing multiple demonstrations here and there, etc. We have been to the Rita Ranch Family Fun Day for the first time, and will absolutely go again. We have been helping with some of the summer camps put on by the district, including the Young Coders Camp at Esmond Station and the SET Summer Camp at Desert Sky Middle School.
We will be going to the UofA this Thursday to host a session at the R.A.I.N. event taking place there, where we will demonstrate and discuss our robots and their various components, and all that goes into building one for competition. Then we will let the students participate in a little competition by operating the robots through an obstacle/task course.
We are trying to arrange being present at the various Open Houses and Freshmen Orientations for the district. If you are interested in being a part of the team, feel free to catch us at any of these upcoming events within the district or make sure to email us with questions.
VAHS and FIRST
The BoxerBots are a team comprised of students from all of the high schools in the Vail School District, hosted by the Vail Academy and High School and sponsored by CATERPILLAR, Inc. We take students from grades 8 through 12, in accordance with the FIRST guidelines.
Scholarship and Awards
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