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

Pre-Freshman Orientation Meeting

Freshman orientation is this Thursday. We will have a meeting tomorrow at 6:00 PM in Francis Howell Central to plan our orientation to Freshman. Please attend if at all possible. The meeting should last no later than 8:00 pm. We will need students to man orientation tables at all three high schools.

Last Meeting of the School Year

Calendar Updates

We will meet tomorrow (Tuesday) at 5:30 to approximately 7:30 pm. We will be unloading the trailer and putting everything away in the closet.

We will also be electing officers for next year. If you have an interest in being elected to one of our officer positions, be prepared to make a brief statement to the team stating why you want this position. Our current officers will be conducting this election.

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Kansas City Notes

We think we can say for all who went to KC we had a great time! Our robot finished with a ranking of 29 in a field of 54. We learned a lot and made many adjustments which should poise us well for STL this weekend.

This game is quite different from those of the past where an alliance member could play a role as "defense". There are no "defensive" strategies in this game other than, per se, to not participate in the cooperation points. Some teams almost consistently put 3 stacks of 6 crates, and the can with a noodle on the scoring platform for 42 points per stack for a total of 126 points. So there was no stopping them with any kind of defense!

We want to thank all who made this trip a success for the kids; in particular, Julie, Charlene, and Rick. They organized the food, hotel accommodations and made sure the details were all covered. THANK YOU !!!!

And thanks to all the parents who helped with transportation and other things we may have overlooking in the chaos.

Stay tuned. We will be sending out more information regarding STL on Monday or Tuesday via email and here on

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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Team Photos

This Saturday (January 31st) we will be taking our official Team Picture for the 2015 season. We will take this picture at approximately 1:00 pm. Please wear our 2015 team t-shirt for this.

Update: Photos have been taken!

Kansas City Here We Come!

We have been invited to the KC Regional.  The date for this regional is March 11/14/2015.  (School is on Spring Break).  Details on who needs to be where when at our Lunch meeting on Saturday.  Please discuss this with parents and begin to think about your plans.  We will have more information on Saturday,  We will need definite commitments by February 7th.  On this Saturday we will also conduct a mandatory District parent meeting for overnight trips.  If there is any chance you will be going to KC parents should attend this meeting.  The time will 12:30 after our lunch.  At that time parents will sign a document confirming their attendance at this meeting (Required for attendance in KC).