Hour of Code

Hour of Code

Conrad High School was selected to host an Hour of Code event for DISD students, sponsored by UT Dallas, Code.org, and the Dallas ISD STEM department. The RoboChargers were excited to both get a chance to participate, as well as show off our 2016 FRC Robot – Koopa, to hopefully inspire other students to get involved with programming and robotics

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Demo Event – Spence Middle School

Demo Event – Spence Middle School

The robot building never stops, nor does new student recruiting! Spence Middle School students visited Conrad High School today to learn about the engineering academy. Mrs. Jordan showed off our 2016 BEST robot as well as the 2016 FRC Robot Koopa to future RoboChargers ūüôā

BEST Competition – Game Day

BEST Competition – Game Day

BEST Robotics – Check In / Inspection So… that happened. Lulz. We show up yesterday evening at ~8:57pm to meet the 9:00pm latest check-in time. Among other things, we cannot find a way to get the robot in position to fit in the 24″ starting cube. Additionally, we had ~4-5 minor items to fix that got missed in the final

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BEST Season – Week 6

BEST Season – Week 6

BEST Robotics – Week¬†6 It doesn’t matter what competition¬†we are in, or how well we¬†think we planned out the build process… the final week always turns into a sprint for the finish line. We finished up the marketing presentation and notebook, but as of Monday, had yet to create ~90% of the robot and 50% of our booth. Oscar let

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BEST Season – Week 5

BEST Season – Week 5

BEST Robotics – Week¬†5 This week… bit crazy… but it felt good! Sometimes it takes a hard deadline to get us moving, but it was great to see how¬†well the team responded. ¬†The level of focus and productivity (including all of our new team members) is currently higher than it has been all season, and we all feel much more

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STEM in the Schoolyard

STEM in the Schoolyard

The RoboChargers were asked by our lead sponsor Texas Instruments to partner with them, United Way, and Dallas ISD for a STEM in the Schoolyard event at Comstock Middle School on October 24th. This event kicked off the fall United Way Campaign for Texas Instruments, as well as provided additional STEM exposure to over 100 DISD Middle School students. Koopa,

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BEST Season – Week 4

BEST Season – Week 4

BEST Robotics – Week 4 As explained in earlier posts, the first three weeks involved a large amount of new student training, cardboard prototypes, idea exploration, and strategy discussion. As we moved into Week 4, we were fairly certain of our strategic direction… had a broad idea of what could be accomplished… but hadn’t … you know… built much of

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BEST Season – Weeks 2 & 3

BEST Season – Weeks 2 & 3

BEST Robotics – Weeks 2 & 3 In Weeks 2 and 3, our team continued¬†working on building the field, prototyping using the game pieces, and analyzing the scoring opportunities to shape our strategy.¬†At this point, we’ve only been meeting twice a week (and had to cancel¬†last Thursday), so we’ve only had three meetings since our last update. As mentioned in

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BEST Season – Week 1

BEST Season – Week 1

BEST Robotics – The Kickoff As previously noted, our belief is that the best way to get better at building robots… is to build robots. Also, it’s what the students signed up for… and kind of the purpose of the club. BEST was a good fit for our club last year, with emphasis on construction from raw materials, much like

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Fall Meetings – Week 3

Fall Meetings – Week 3

Last week must have just been the calm before the storm… this week was pretty awesome! New Student Recruiting Our primary fall objectives continue to be to recruit new students and train them to a level where they feel comfortable contributing in the Spring FRC season. Some feedback we received in prior years was that it is good for new

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