Build Season – Day 11/12/13 – More Prototyping

Build Season – Day 11/12/13 – More Prototyping

More Prototyping After roughly a week of prototyping, we unfortunately had questions coming in at the rate of answers. Can we build an effective shooter, despite relatively little team experience, by using online resources to get close and then dial it in? Will a roller or belted intake function properly this year with our preferred over-bumper design? If we go

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Build Season – Day 1 – Kickoff Event

Build Season – Day 1 – Kickoff Event

Yasssssssssss! Time to play robots again. Good Guy Frank, the closest thing FRC has to Santa Claus, has given us a late Christmas gift of STEAMWorks… and we are #excite. Enough open field to play defense, two games pieces to keep it interesting, shooting and manipulating… this is going to be awesome 🙂 Texas Instruments Kickoff As last year, we were

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L3 Mentor Recruitment

L3 Mentor Recruitment

Mentor Recruiting While the excitement builds for kickoff, we are actively working to help support rookies in our area. Today, L3 invited our Regional Director, John Shellene, and mentor Steven Smith to speak to a group of ~30 people interested in getting involved as a mentor for FIRST Robotics. The target location is FRC6687, which is a rookie and the

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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 🙂

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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Fall Meetings – Week 2

Fall Meetings – Week 2

The best laid plans… We started into the year with great ambition and wild dreams of what we would quickly accomplish! Ehhh… reality. Certainly not a lost week by any means, but we ended up hitting a few snags and delays, immediately feeling “behind schedule” on things we had planned the prior week. FLL Tables Two of the FLL teams

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Summer Outreach

Summer Outreach

Summer is in full swing! While we are looking forward to competing in TRI and TRR this summer, the slowed pace has allowed us time to focus on outreach in our area as well. Right before championships on April 21st, we were asked by our principal, Mr. Mays to visit Hill Middle School and show off our robot to prospective

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