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Updates during and about build season

Let The Games Begin

We hope everyone had a great Holiday Season and you are ready to begin the 2016 Build Season and Competitions. Here is what you need to know about the FRC Kickoff on Saturday January 9th:

    • Everyone is welcome to attend the kickoff. There is overflow seating in the school’s commons area for those that cannot be seated in the auditorium. If you plan on attending wear some type of Raven apparel. (Tshirt, sweatshirt, polo, etc). Wait in the lobby and once a group has arrived we will seat ourselves in the auditorium. If you arrive after we have entered the auditorium, you can enter the auditorium on your own (if capacity permits) or go to the overflow seating area.
    • We will meet back at FHC at 1:00pm. Lunch will be own your own between leaving the Kickoff and returning to FHC.
    • Transportation to and from the kickoff is on your own.
    • Saturday we will dismiss from FHC at 4:00pm. Please have rides ready.
    • We will then begin our build schedule as laid out on the Calendar.
    • Additionally: If you received product to sell as a fund raiser. Money from the sales is due on Saturday. Please remember to bring it. We want to complete our fundraiser so that we are concentrating only on the building of the robot!
    • 2016 T-Shirts will be ordered in early January.

Some final thoughts as we begin the build season…

The build season is short! Before you know it, it will be time to bag the robot. The key to a successful build season is organization and commitment to the task on hand. There will be a sign-in and out computer that you will be required to log in and out when you arrive and leave a build session. Please make sure you do that as you enter and leave. Next to that computer will be cases with name tags and eye glasses. Everyone must wear their name tag and eyeglasses at all times. Pick these up at the beginning of the each session and put them away at the end.

While the build season is meant to be a fun time for all, we must always remember that our primary focus is getting the robot built and tested before our first competition. Card playing and video games not related to the robot will not be allowed. There is always something to do related to our robot and our organization.

2016 Build Season Calendar Dates

Calendar Updates

The Calendar has been updated with the Build Season meetings. They are as follows for a handy one stop post to see when everything is planned at the moment.

Date Start Time End Time Hrs
1 Saturday January 9 9:00 AM 4:00PM Kick Off Game Plan 7
2 Monday January 11 6:00 PM 8:00PM Brain Storming Session 2
3 Tuesday January 12 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Build Session 3
4 Thursday January 14 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Build Session 3
5 Saturday January 16 8:00 AM 2:00PM Build Session 6
6 Tuesday January 19 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Build Session 3
7 Thursday January 21 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Build Session 3
8 Saturday January 23 8:00 AM 2:00PM Build Session 6
9 Tuesday January 26 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Build Session 3
10 Thursday January 28 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Build Session 3
11 Saturday January 30 8:00 AM 2:00PM Build Session 6
12 Tuesday February 2 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Build Session 3
13 Thursday February 4 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Build Session 3
14 Saturday February 6 8:00 AM 2:00PM Build Session 6
15 Tuesday February 9 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Build Session 3
16 Thursday February 11 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Build Session 3
17 Saturday February 13 8:00 AM 2:00PM Build Session 6
18 Tuesday February 16 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Build Session 3
19 Thursday February 18 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Build Session 3
20 Saturday February 20 8:00 AM 4:00PM Build Session 8
21 Sunday February 21* 1:30PM 6:30 PM Build Session 5
22 Monday February 22* 5:30 PM ??????? Build Session
Tuesday February 23 5:30 PM ??????? STOP BUILD BAG ROBOT
* if needed
March 9-12 Chaifetz Center Saint Louis Regional
April 21-23 ??? St. Louis Championships

Important Information:

If school is cancelled for any reason on a scheduled work day, the make-up day for that will be theimmediate following WEDNESDAY. If school is released early on a work day due to inclement weather, the work session for that day is CANCELLED.  If school is cancelled on Friday due to snow, WE WILL MEET ON SATURDAY unless you get an email from me saying the parking lot is inaccessible, or the weather is just too bad.  The school district needs to be able to clear the parking areas so we will need to work around this situation.

Lunch and snacks will be provided on Saturday work sessions.

We will stay on this schedule for the entire month of January.  Work times may be extended or added in February depending on the progress of the robotQuestions?  Contact Mark Krueger @ 314.306.7147 or by email:

Kick-Off Information

Event MO-St. Louis-Clayton High School Kickoff
Event Subtype Local Kickoff
When 09-Jan-2016
08:15 AM – 11:30 PM
Where Clayton High School
1 Mark Twain Circle
St. Louis, MO  63105
Program Registration
Registration Information The Clayton High School Auditorium has limited seating capacity and it may not be able to hold additional guests brought beyond the 15 team member limit. Additional members/guests are welcome to attend, to accommodate these guest we have reserved Clayton High School?s Commons Area. Those additional team members will be able to view the Kickoff presentation from this area.
Event Website (Not available)
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Bag It and Tag It

This is it! Bag and Tag night! We made great progress and with a little tweaking we should be ready to bag it at a reasonable hour. Parents plan on picking up at 8:30pm. If we need to work longer those that can stay can finish the work.

Kansas City is March 12-14. We will be taking a short break before we continue working on Robot #2. This is the first year we are building two robots. It appears that good progress is being made on robot #2, but traditionally all of us needed a break from the schedule we worked since the first weekend in January. So we have put this build schedule together for completion of the second robot:

We will start our Tuesday-Thursday work schedule (5:30pm-8:30pm) beginning Feb 24th, and continue that for two weeks (through March 5th). We will work two Saturdays Feb 28th and March 7th. Those hours will be 8:00am to noon. There will be no lunch served. That will give us 20 additional hours to work on this robot.

Many of us have plans and commitments that only allowed for our traditional schedule. Completion of the second robot will be made by those who have the time available. At least Mark or Rick will be at each of these work sessions. We will need to discuss building a second robot next season as we see how this works out.

All students should attend the work session on Feb 24th. Besides working on the robot, we will be cleaning and organizing our store room and tools. Drive Team members should attend all additional meetings for practicing of driving the robot.

There will be a mandatory parent and student meeting for all going to KC on our meeting date of Tuesday, March 3rd. Final discussion regarding this trip will be the topic.

We want to thank everyone who has worked so hard in many different areas this build session.

More Build Meetings Added

Calendar Updates

Believe it or not this week is the last full week to build our robot for competition. As always we adjust our build schedule to meet the demands of getting it done. So here is the adjusted schedule for the remainder of the build season. New meetings are marked in bold.

  • Tuesday Feb 10 – 5:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Wednesday Feb 11 – 5:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Thursday Feb 12 – 5:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Saturday Feb 14 (Valentine’s Day) – 8:00am to 4:00pm
  • Sunday Feb 15 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Monday Feb 16 (No School) – 5:30pm to 8:30pm
  • Tuesday Feb 17 – 5:30pm – ???, No later than 10:00PM – Bag Robot

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