Category Archives: Team News

News and updates pertaining to Raven Robotics as an organization.

The 2016 St. Louis Regional Ends

Friday and Saturday were very eventful for us. Our robot did not perform perfectly, but when does it ever? We ended up having to disable the shooter as it did not perform, and the climber was not ever mounted. Our huge drive wheels were advantageous in driving over obstacles easily, so that is what we focused on. Eventually we ended up ranking well, after jumping up and down on the scoreboard.

We ended the qualifiers in 6th place, so we got to be an alliance leader! After a great job done by the scouts, we picked teams 1706 and 3397.  A valiant game was given by the drive team, and we made it all the way to the Semi-finals, but lost there. We’d like to thank everyone for their efforts this build season, and our alliance-mates for their teamwork!

Meeting Tonight

There will be a meeting tonight. Please have your competition forms filled out from the email. The other two forms are the forms that each team member attending competition will need to have filled out prior to attending competition. Please look over the forms carefully to ensure all required information is provided.

In addition, we need to finalize the pit schedule as well. Anyone that comes will have something to do, so please try to be there. This is possibly the last meeting before competition and we need all the info and the work done so we can do great at competitions!


Tonight, we finally bagged our robot! After a harrowing quest to get the PVC climbing arm in place on the robot, in addition to working restlessly on our shooting mechanism, and finishing the wiring and programming, we’ve finally come to a finish on Operation Ravenhold. We would like to thank all the students and especially the mentors involved in our project. Finally, congratulations to Alex (Warhoover) , Alex (Wise), and Alex (Jones), the sole three members this year who have been coming to Robotics meetings from freshman to senior year!

Thursday of Week 5

Tonight at Raven Robotics, we’ve all got a great deal of work on the robot accomplished.

  • Electrical Team has shifted the positions of the wire in such a way to allow for a second raceway to fit on the bottom of the track
  • Electrical Team has also entirely wired the drive train
  • Mechanical Team has finished the wench system to allow the PVC arm to work
  • In addition, the Mechanical Team has ensured the PVC arm is fully functional
  • The Saber-metric Team has refined the team-determining algorithms
  • Business Team has updated and tweaked the Judge award scripts
  • Programming Team has continued to integrate the code to this year’s robot
  • Web team has added a new member and now will discuss the events of week-day meetings

Snow Policy and Possible Cancellations

As of this morning we are meeting tonight for our regular scheduled meeting time 5:30pm to 8:30pm. The forecast is for snow moving in this afternoon and early evening. As a school sponsored activity we must follow the school policy regarding after school activities.

Here are the guidelines:

  • If school is released early:
    All after school activities are cancelled for the day and evening.
  • If school is cancelled for the day (Wednesday):
    All after school activities are cancelled for the day and evening.

Our Robotics Club policy is to makeup Tuesday and Thursday cancelled days with a Wednesday meeting. If school is cancelled on Wednesday will makeup the following Wednesday next week.

We always will meet on Saturday barring a blizzard situation warranting unsafe driving conditions. Or directed by school officials to cancel.

Even if the roads are clear by the evening of a closed school day, we cannot meet by school district policy.

So we are hoping to get tonight’s meeting in, but we wanted you to be aware of the policies we will follow for cancelled school. If ever in doubt stay tuned to your email and here at for updates on meeting cancelations and re-shedules.

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)
For more information

November 3rd Meeting

Calendar Updates

Welcome back from Fall Break. We meet just two times before the build season begins in January. There are a few things that need to be taken care of in November.

  • Dues must be paid by second meeting in November (Nov 17)
    • Dues are $30.00
  • Fundraiser decision buyout ($50) or participation must be made by each student by first meeting in November (Nov 3)
    • Buyout is $50.00
    • Participation requires selling 5 items @ $15.00 each. We are selling insulated travel mugs with our team logo on them. Items will be delivered to students to sell at our second meeting (Nov 17). Students will be required to submit $75.00 from the sale of these items at our first meeting in January.

We need to turn in a roster to the school district in December. In order to be included in the roster, both of the items above need to be completed by the student. Make checks payable to: FHSD. Cash will also be accepted. Payment is to be made to the club treasurer. A receipt will be given to the student. Please keep the receipt for your records of payment. IF YOU PLAN ON BEING A MEMBER OF THIS TEAM YOU NEED TO ATTEND THE NOVEMBER MEETINGS.

We had a good time and it was a good experience for our new team members at the Gateway Classic Competition at Hazelwood Central HS this past weekend. Special thanks to one of our team mentors, Mr. Tom Brandt for all his work in putting this event on!

Hope to see you all on the 3rd!

Gateway Robotics Challenge

rushThe Gateway Robotics Challenge is this Saturday at Hazelwood Central High School! This event is for all team members to get a chance to see what a real FRC tournament is like. We recommend students arrive before opening ceremonies at 9:30. Everyone please wear your Raven Robotics T-Shirts at this event, if you do not have one please pick one up at the meeting on Thursday when we pack up the trailer. All information about the event is available at Everyone who is going to be at this event, please be at the meeting Thursday from 6-7 to pack up for the event and finalize the pit crew and scout team schedule.

We still have spots open for pit crew and scout team that we need filled. Pit crew will work on the robot in between matches and scout team will scout out our competition on the playing field. The tentative schedule is available here. If you would like to be added to the schedule or cannot fill a slot you are listed for, please email We would like to give as many students as possible the opportunity to work as these events. Please understand that these jobs are not the only thing to do at the event, this is our team’s tournament, be there to cheer our team on to win!

Google+ Hangout Brainstorm Session

Thursday night we will have a Google+ Hangout to brainstorm ideas for our fundraising, outreach, and new student training. All students and mentors are invited to join in. If you would like to participate email with your availability that night. The tentative time for the Hangout is 6:00-7:00. If you would like to contribute but cannot join the Hangout, please email with any ideas you would like to add.

If you are not familiar with Google+ Hangouts, it is a feature of Google’s social networking site, similar to Skype, that allows many people to video or voice call and chat at the same time. All you need is a Google account, a microphone, and your ideas you would like to contribute.

2015 Parent Information and Off-Season Meeting Dates

Calendar Updates

Our first Off-Season and parent information meeting is this coming Tuesday August 25th. This meeting has a late start of 6:30 pm to allow parents time to attend. The meeting will last approximately 2 hours.

In addition we’ve updated the calendar here with all of this off-season’s planned meetings, and posted them at then end of this post. Copies will also be available at our meeting on Tuesday.  Continue reading 2015 Parent Information and Off-Season Meeting Dates