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2020 Season Is Here29 January, 2020
We are now in week 4 of the build. The design is solid. Fabrication is underway and moving fairly well. We are behind schedule, but moving forward. Because of the clarity of the design it seems that we will progress through the fabrication and build fairly quickly, so we may be able to catch up to our proposed schedule. The programming team has done well in their endeavors to bring the sensor suite into our autonomous.
Right now they are working with LIDAR, vision tracking, gyro, photogate, 2M Laser Rangefinder, hall effect, encoders, etc... Working in the new 2020 format is interesting for them, but they're getting it done. We will be testing several subsystems shortly and then bringing them together. I am excited about the capabilities of this season's robot, which remains nameless, but we'll get there, too.
13 January, 2020
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7 January, 2020
Here we are in day two of the build season. Our intial design is almost done. Our drive train is coming together and we are waiting on pieces to start building the mock field pieces. We have determined we are only going to build the power port and the trench with control panel. We had most of the wood necessary, but not quite all of it.
Before the actual meeting starts some of our students are continuing on a small side-project that is providing a hands-on learning experience for them. They have designed and are finishing a robot that can pick up soda cans and set them on a solid surface approximately 10 inches off the floor.
We're also trying to figure out where to add the links on our site for watching the events live. When we figure this out in the next week or so we will make it known. Our first event isn't until March 11th so we have some time.
4 January, 2020
Kick-off has come and gone. What a great day! We got the rules mostly figured out and a conceptual design for the robot. We actually finished ahead of schedule. Usually we are still wracking our brains at 1:30pm, but this year we managed to have the concept by about 1pm. We threw a little bit of a curveball at them and told them they had to accomplish all of the game's tasks this season.
We want to thank all of the mentors that helped to make this happen!
We would also like to thank the attendees for being there to support the team members, as well as the team members! We had 100% attendance this year, and I'm not sure that's EVER happened in the past.
14 December, 2019
This has been a crazy week. We found out that our luck has changed for this coming season. We were asked if we were interested in competing at the AZ West Regional. We accepted, and received confirmation Thursday that we are in. Now starts several other things, then. We have to reserve hotel rooms, check our budget, reserve vehicles, and receive approval to travel. The event takes place from April 1st through 4th, so there will be some school missed on this trip. We will be looking to leave around 1pm on April 1st. Under our current plan we should return about 10pm on April 4th.
We will be holding Kick-Off at VAHS in the MPR on January 4th. We will be having several extra attending, and hopefully this year more parents and family members will participate. This is a major event for the team where we find out what this year's game specs, robot specs, game play, etc are revealed. We spend the day going over this information and trying to develop our game strategy which gives us a conceptual design for our robot.
13 November, 2019
Hello all, ComicCon was an absolute blast! Hope you got to go. We also recently attended the Vail Academy and High School STEAM night. There were robots, rockets, astronomy, and marshmallow roasting. It made for a very nice evening. Coming up we have a Computer Science night at the Vail Innovation Center. There is also the Parent Info meeting coming up on Dec 7 th. This is for all parents.
28 October, 2019
The BoxerBots had a great presence at VailFest this year! Thank you so much to those who assisted, and a great Thank You to the Vail School Foundation for the invite to the event. We made some great connections with some folks out there and we look forward to those becoming long-lasting relationships!
The BoxerBots will be at Tucson Comic Con Friday, November 1st through Sunday, November 3rd! Come out and check out this great event in Tucson. We will be in the FamilyZone for this event, as I understand it, which is on the main floor. This will be our second year at Tucson Comic Con!!
24 October, 2019
Thank you all who came out to support the BoxerBots at Chili's Give Back night! We greatly appreciate the support we get from our community! It means a great deal to us to see how many in the community believe in what we are doing!
17 October, 2019
We will have two fundraiser events coming up. One of which is the Chili's Give-back night on Wednesday, October 23rd. The other is the FunPasta event we have done in the past. This gives us about a 50% return on sales. It's a great opportunity for us.
8 October, 2019
Updates for October:
As we roll in to October there are a few updates to make known. First is, we are registered for the AZ North Regional to be held in Flagstaff, AZ at the Walkup Skydome in March. We will be making selections for our second regional soon. As there is only one regional this year in the state of Arizona, our second regional will be out of state. We will be heading to California or possibly back to the Utah Regional in West Valley City. Though it is a really long drive, it was a fantastic venue with amazing people and teams there.
Another update is that the game teaser came out last month. It is here, so please watch it and think about the possible meanings behind many things. For those that aren't massive geeks like the Team Mentor Mr. Pyeatt, the Star Wars™ language is called Aurabesh. The three statements in the video are (in order) "FIRST city", "Threat detected", and "Authorized Personnel Only". This is all we get until kick-off on January 4th.
We have picked up another event in October. On the 26th we will be attending the 10th Annual VailFest at Pima County Fairgrounds. It will be a long day. Those that volunteer for this will meet at VHAS at 7am. We will roll shortly after that as we need to be set up by 8am. The event is supposed to go until 7pm, but I'm not sure we will be staying for the entire event.
Lastly, I currently only have three students who are registered with FIRST. Any student that intends to travel will need to make sure they are not only registered, but that the parents have digitally acknowledged the "Consent and Release" form. For more information please see this link. You will find links and instructions here.
4 September, 2019
It has been a couple of weeks, and I'm finally uploading the Parent Info presentation. I will be mailing it out by the end of today's meeting, as well. We have some upcoming demos that students should be looking at for outreach hours. An email went out with information and a request to respond. Several have already, and I thank you that have. For those that haven't, you should be looking at those dates.
Speaking of dates, today we will be looking at available Regionals for selection for our ravels. We won't be deciding today, just going over possibl options. AZ West hasn't been listed, yet, and I hear the AZ South is having a logistical issue, so may not happen this year.
23 August, 2019
Tomorrow is the first Parent Info meeting, which shall start at 8am at VAHS in the MPR. There is also a normal meeting for the team running from 8am to noon. I have updated the "Documents" page with this year's forms and handbook. The "Parent Info" page will be updated with this year's presentation after the meeting tomorrow. I will also email it to those parents I have on our email distribution list.
8 June, 2019
Our first official meeting for the 2020 season will be 7 August. This season, we are accepting 8th from all throughout the district. New members from 9 through 12th grades will need to be attending VAHS. Those members who have alreadybeen part of the team are grandfathered in.
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
Learn about the awards and scholarships you can get in the FRC robotics competition and team.
- Feb 14th, Robot Deadline
- Feb 15th, Vail Pride Day
- Mar 11
th, AZ North
- Apr 1st, AZ West