Thursday, June 28, 2018

2018 RoboNanza

For the first time, we attended Intuitive Surgical’s “RoboNanza” that they host for FRC teams they sponsor.

We competed in a mini “Power Up!” with the half-field Intuitive had set up for teams. This was a great opportunity to strengthen our team-sponsor relationship.

To thank Intuitive Surgical for their sponsorship, we made plaques and wrote a thank you letter that we were able to hand deliver. Through this event, we were also able to bond with other local teams. This was a great event that we can’t wait to attend again in future years!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

2018 Relay for Life

RoboVikes volunteered at American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life fundraiser by checking in survivors and organizing goodies for the event.

Later in the day, we demoed our 2018 robot, Mjolnir, in front of our sponsor Genentech’s booth. RoboVikes along with Mjolnir drove and walked around the track along side all the survivors and their families at Relay for Life.

We had a lot of fun hearing inspiring stories from the brave cancer survivors and giving back to our community through this event.

Friday, June 22, 2018

2018 RoboPlay Day

RoboPlay Day is an competition hosted for Camp Athena students to show off the programming they learned in an environment that resembles C-STEM Day at UC Davis.

With the help of the Camp Athena teachers, we set up and judged the competition. We also demoed robots from the high school and middle school robotics programs in the district to show the students what types of robots they could work with if they continued to do robotics.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

2018 Camp Athena

For the first two weeks of summer, RoboVikes mentored incoming sixth graders of Travis Unified School District. We helped teach them how to program LinkBots using Ch code.

We created challenges for the kids to complete using their LinkBots, troubleshot when the kids had errors in their code or had computer problems, and had lots of fun with the kids as they supervised them during recess.

This short summer camp was a way to get kids interested in programming and hopefully inspire them to join the robotics program that is available to them at their elementary school. Overall, both the students and the RoboVikes learned a lot that they will carry with them in future projects.

Friday, June 15, 2018

2018 Rookie Camp

Every year we host a “rookie camp” to introduce incoming RoboVikes to FRC.

We show them all the different aspects of our team and teach them how to small jobs in each of our different engineering committees so that at the end of the camp they can choose which committee they want to join for the next school year.

We also do a lot of team bonding activities to help the new RoboVikes get to know the veterans and feel more included in the team.