Saturday, November 29, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Despite the fact that students at Vanden High School are on break, many of the RoboVikes are still on active duty!!! Not really, but we are doing work throughout the break. The part of our team that went to China to mentor VEX robotics team arrived early this morning, and today we are selling raffle tickets for a Microsoft Surface 3 fundraiser today at Lucky's in Vacaville from 12-4pm. The winner will be announced on the FRC kickoff day, January 3rd, 2015. We will be selling at more locations throughout December as well. Just check our website to view the calendar at the bottom of the home page to view upcoming events for our team. Or you can directly view our calendar at

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


The FLL dual competitions that we helped host with FRC Team 2085, the Robodogs, this past Sunday was a blast. We received thank-you emails from many teams dropping off positive comments about how well we hosted the tournament. We've been working on competencies for the baseline knowledge that everyone on the team has to know before kickoff and build season. Part of our team is leaving this Friday for Shanghai, where they will be mentoring VEX robotics teams. They will come back next weekend. Hopefully around that time or a little later, we can receive the RoboRio, the electrical board for this upcoming season, and test with it a little bit.

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Octoberfest and Novemberbest

October was quiet but fun. We launched pumpkins with our newly-built Trebuchet, in a competition against the Robodogs, team 2085, on Travis Air Force Base for Halloween. It was pretty fun; we were able to launch pumpkins as far as around 130 feet. We've been preparing still for the Vaca High FLL dual competitions. It's going to be a big event, but it will be doable. Today, we are helping the new Buckingham Charter High School robotics team with making a basic robot. This Saturday, we are having a workday. We are doing a chairman's meeting as well as making field mission kits for the dual competitions on November 16th. Our China trip is two weeks away. Some of us will be going to China to present to and mentor VEX teams, which will be fun.