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2017 Season Is Here21 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.
16 April, 2016
To all, my sincerest apologies for letting this site get so far away from me. As you can see, a good portion of the 2016 season has not been posted. Lots of things have happened in this time and I will try to bring it up to date. First, let me bring you all up to date. We finished our robot on time, barely. But it was functional when we headed up to Flagstaff, AZ for the very first and very cool (literally and figuratively) AZ North Regional.
We discovered several opportunities for improvement in the robot, and walked away with the Spirit Award. For the first time, we excercised the rule of keeping up to 30 lbs of the robot out of the bag. In the short two weeks between competitions, several members worked hard to modify the shooter, as well as strengthen the robot structurally.
Next we headed to Lubbock, TX, for the Hub City Regional. We made it to 22nd in the qualifiers. We were among the final three for the Safety Award, a first for this team (Thank you, Ben Crabtree). We got to experience snow on our first day there. That was an interesting welcome. Once again, we found several learning opportunities for the upcoming year, and though we got kicked around a little, we hold our heads high and know, we are proud of what we have accomplished.
26 January, 2016
We finally got our parts for the robot base!! Thank you to Elegant Iron, and to Lane Hammond working with UofA and Chris Williams working with Tucson High! We are starting to build tomorrow afternoon. We should have a driving base by COB Friday. The shooter is almost complete in design. This season is a struggle for many.
Our hearts go out to Palo Verde, who have endured yet another theft. Our thoughts are with Coolidge, as well who are learning it all again. This has been an off year it seems for many. On to happier thoughts, we appear to be on schedule for Friday. Hopefully the last of our parts have been ordered and should arrive by this Friday.
A huge thank you to all the parents who have signed up to supply our meals. We really appreciate ALL of the support you provide the team. It really helps with the season, as morale is still good even with the trials we are experiencing.
11 January, 2016
We have done kick-off. Thank you to all who participated in the new forum for kick-off. What an exciting game we have this year. For those unable to attend the kick-off event, find the video for the game HERE We participated with Palo Verde and Desert View High Schools for kick-off. Right now it looks like all three teams have general designs for their robots.
20 December, 2015
We are preparing to attend kick-off on January 9th! This year we will be attending kick-off at Palo Verde Magnet High School, home of Optimal Robotics. We are looking forward to seeing everyone there. Information has been sent out via email. The updated slides from December's Parent Info Night have been updated, converted to pdf, and uploaded to the site on the Parent Info page.
Updated the handout as well. I believe all links to it have been updated. Easy way to tell is we only have the two regionals listed on it instead of the four possibles we were considering.
23 November, 2015
So we have been busy, though I haven't posted anything here. My apologies. The Tucson Tussle was great! We had twelve teams from around Arizona come participate. The next parent info night is coming up, to be held December 9th from 6 to 7:30pm. For those parents new to this, we highly encourage you to be there. It's your chance to ask questions. For those parents that missed the last one, it's a chance to catch up. For those parents who were at the last one, it's a chance to get some more information or ask questions you weren't able to previously, or questions that have come up in the interim.
In case you missed it, there will be a meeting this Wednesday, but not Saturday. The next meeting will be December 2nd after that.
I will be updating the handbook this wekend, as well as several issues discovered on the site. If you have any input, please feel free to contact us and point it out or let us know. The AZ Tax Credit site is back up and running. The link has been updated. I will also update the 2016 season meal sign-up this weekend. Thank you for those who have already expressed an interest in signing up.
31 August, 2015
It is coming up on the first Parent Info Night, to be held at VAHS in the MPR, September 2nd from 6 to 7:30pm. Parents, please come and find out what this program is all about. It is a great opportunity for the students to get hands-on in multiple industry-related areas. Take this chance to ask your questions face-to-face and meet the mentors who will be guiding this program. We look forward to seeing you there.
15 August, 2015
We have been through the first meeting, attended a couple of open houses, and have had several students sign up. If you have missed it, don't fret. There is still time to join the team. Wednesday meetings have been moved to 4 to 6pm. Saturday meetings will start in September, which will run 8am to noon'ish. As a general rule, we do not meet on half days, and we do not meet during break. Some of the dates that we have put out on the handout are still tentative, and some have already changed.
5 August, 2015
Today is the first meeting of the season. Not to worry if you are not able to make it. There are plenty of pre-season meetings to attend and sign up. Today we will be donig some basic intros, going over the team constitution, etc. It will be an easing back into things as we go forward. We will throw some ideas around about how the meetings should be conducted on Wednesdays, and provide some basic information that will be available here shortly.
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 9 through 12, in accordance with the FIRST guidelines.
Scholarship and Awards
Learn about the awards and scholarships you can get in the FRC robotics competition and team.