RoboVikes host outreach, fundraiser – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Vanden High School Robotics team, the RoboVikes, will host an outreach and fundraising event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday near the Nut Tree carousel in Vacaville, according to a press release.

The event is designed to excite students of all ages about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The RoboVikes will demonstrate their recent robots, Valkyrie and Ragnarok, and attendees will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience with robotics and programming activities for all age levels. Other offerings will include catering, a silent auction and merchandise for purchase.

Source: RoboVikes host outreach, fundraiser

UC Davis girls’ Robotics Leadership Camps add high schoolers – Times-Herald

By Vallejo Times Herald

The Solano County Office of Education (SCOE) in partnership with UC Davis Computing-Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (C-STEM) is again, bringing free Girls in Robotics Leadership (GIRL) Camps to the County.

This year, besides offering three GIRL Camps for middle schoolers, SCOE announced the addition of a high school GIRL (GIRL+) Camp to include physical computing with Arduino.

These camps are focused on introducing and motivating middle and high school girls to learn computing and STEM concepts through a fun robotics-based curriculum, officials said.

Source: UC Davis girls’ Robotics Leadership Camps add high schoolers – Times-Herald

Robotics camps for middle, high school girls set in June – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

A high school section has been added to the middle school division of the free Girls in Robotics Leadership Camps scheduled for June in Solano County.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our middle and high school girls to learn coding and robotics through engaging hands-on activities. We hope to inspire more girls to consider engineering and related fields as a possible career,” Solano County Superintendent of Schools Lisette Estrella-Henderson said in a statement.

The camps are sponsored by the University of California, Davis Computing-Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program, in partnership with the Solano County Office of Education.

Source: Robotics camps for middle, high school girls set in June

Armijo High School’s Robotics Team Qualifies for World Championships Again – Daily Republic

By Tim Goree

“Indigo Dynamics” from Armijo High School has consistently been a top performing organization in our local VEX Robotics community since the program first started at Grange Middle School. Indigo Dynamics has attended the VEX Robotics World Championship for the past 3 years, making this their fourth consecutive qualifying year.

The VEX Robotics World Championship, presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation, brings together top 3% of robotics teams from around the world under one roof to celebrate their accomplishments and compete.

VEX Robotics competition is not exactly what you would expect in that the robots do not battle each other. The “game” played by the robots is different every year; students have to come up with a new design each year to fit the game’s rules and standards.

Source: Armijo High School’s Robotics Team Qualifies for World Championships Again

Vanden robotics team advances to World Championships – The Reporter

By Nick Sestanovich

To past generations the idea of constructing robots seemed like science fiction, but it is now a common part of secondary school curricula.

It has paid off well for Vanden High School’s robotics team, the RoboVikes, which recently received the highest honor at the FIRST Robotics regional competition in Sacramento when they were bestowed with the Chairman’s Award.

The award “honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the mission of FIRST,” according to a news release.

Source: Vanden robotics team advances to World Championships – The Reporter

Shred Day helps robotics team with Vacaville fundraiser – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

Shred Solution will co-sponsor a Shred Day to help raise money so the Vacaville High School robotics team compete in regional events this year. The average cost to build the robots and compete is around $5,000.

The Shred Day will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Vacaville High School, 100 W. Monte Vista Ave.

Donations made at the event will be given to the Robodogs team. The cost is $5 per file box.

Source: Shred Day helps robotics team with Vacaville fundraiser

Buckingham robotics team preps for Capital City Classic – Daily Republic

By Buckingham PR Team

Buckingham Charter Magnet High School’s Robo Knights are gearing up for the Capital City Classic at Davis High School on Oct. 27-28.

The Capital City Classic is an off-season tournament for all teams to gear up for the new season of competition starting just after the new year.

“Cap City is always an adventure. It’s a great way to show off and get started with the new season,¨ said A.J. Clifford, president of the Robo Knights.

The Robo Knights will battle with other North Bay teams. Veteran competitors enjoy the return to competition, and newcomers can dip their feet into the water and experience the excitement of robotics games.

Source: School Event: Buckingham robotics team preps for Capital City Classic

Armijo High School Inspiring Engineers One Student At A Time – Daily Republic

By Tim Goree

This year, Armijo’s FRC robotics team went to the World Wide robotics competition in Houston, Texas. Even though the team was formed last year, they have gone to the World Wide competition twice. In their first year, they won the “All-Star Rookie of the year” award, which qualified them to go to Worlds. This year, they place second in the Sacramento Regionals at Davis, California and was given a “Wild Card”, which qualified them for Worlds, yet again.

The FRC (FIRST) team is actually a branch of Armijo’s robotics program, which was formed four years ago. Another branch of Armijo Robotics (VEX) also qualified for Worlds, which took place in Louisville, Kentucky. Originally, the program only supported VEX teams, but over the years, the students formed a FIRST team in order to further their engineering skills. The VEX branch provided a foundation for the students to learn coding, designing, and building while the FIRST branch allows them to build upon this foundation in a more complex setting.

Source: Armijo High School Inspiring Engineers One Student At A Time

‘Sir Elton John’ wants to win robotic worlds; needs funds – The Reporter

By RoboKnights

Perseverance. Teamwork. Excellence. These few words describe robotics team 5496.

The RoboKnights are a four-year team based out of Buckingham High School in Vacaville. In this build season alone, they have spent 200-plus hours building their robot named, Sir Elton John.

Team members have already attended two regionals in Davis and Boise, Idaho this season, placing sixth and ninth, respectively. After placing so high in Davis, the RoboKnights were put into a lottery in hopes of competing at World Competitions in Houston, Texas.

Source: ‘Sir Elton John’ wants to win robotic worlds; needs funds

Buckingham robotics team needs cash to pay for Houston competition – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

That’s how much the students at the Bella Vista Road campus need to raise by 5 p.m. Monday in order to defray costs of their going to the FIRST Championship, Wednesday to April 21, in Houston, Texas. (The acronym FIRST is For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, an international youth organization that operates the FIRST Robotics Competition, among others.)

RoboKnight member Katelyn Kielhorn on Thursday said the team has raised, to date, nearly $3,000 of the $16,000 in expenses to send the team to the Lone Star State, where they will compete in what is commonly known as “a varsity sport for the mind.”

In recent days, Kielhorn, a sophomore, has been sending requests for corporate sponsorships, and the team, founded five years ago, has held bake sales and garage sales in their efforts to raise the additional $13,000.

Source: Buckingham robotics team needs cash to pay for Houston competition

Armijo robotics team gears up for national competition – Daily Republic

By Amy Maginnis-Honey

Armijo High School freshman Joel Ward held the remote for the 824Z, robot demonstrating its ability to pick up small cones and stack them one on top of the other.

Fellow freshmen Leonard Torres and John Siy operated the 824H robot as it maneuvered around the classroom on a recent afternoon.

They, and fellow robotics team members, hope for community support as the team returns to the VEX Robotics Competition April 25-28 in Louisville, Kentucky.

More than 500 teams representing 30 countries are expected.

Robotics have given freshman Jayden Tiemann a better understanding of academics and how components work in real life, he said. Being involved with the team and robotics class has introduced him to new friends.

Source: Armijo robotics team gears up for national competition

RoboKnights Push Through Week Three Of Build Season – Daily Republic

By The Buckingham PR Team

Still pushing through build season during the third week, the RoboKnights are working hard through each day. Still continuing the game of Power Up, the RoboKnights hope to finish their bot by the end of this week. Although the progress on the bot is moving smoothly, the PR department has since moved forward with the construction and painting of the pit for competition.

This year for the RoboKnights have taken a big step towards progress, they decided to take the initiative and expand their workspace. In previous years the space was taken up by a gymnastics center, and it has since been out of business, leaving the area to those who need the space and can afford it. The Buckingham High School has previously used this space for their own large events, such as Noche De Los Muertos by the Spanish classes.

Source: Class News: RoboKnights Push Through Week Three Of Build Season

Students show skills at middle school robotics competition – Daily Republic

By Susan Hiland

Chichi Iheandado, 13, is a coach who helps calm things down and figures out ways to resolve problems among her teammates.

Chichi and her Golden West Middle School teammates are competing for the second year in the VEX Robotics Competition, which the school hosted Saturday.

The VEX Robotics Competition, presented by the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation, is the ultimate science, technology, engineering and mathematics activity for middle school and high school students, ages 11 to 18.

An engineering challenge is presented each year in the form of a game. Students, with guidance from their teachers and mentors, use the VEX Robotics Design System to build innovative robots designed to score the most points possible in qualification matches, elimination matches and skills challenges, according to RobotEvents.com, which tracks the events.

Source: Students show skills at middle school robotics competition

Buckingham VEX Robotics get in the zone on Saturday – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

In the last competition before the holiday, the Buckingham RoboKnights VEX four teams will compete against other schools for VEX’s “In the Zone.”

The event will take place Saturday at the Vanden High School gym, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Fairfield.

“Each team will use their capable engineering skills to gain a higher score than their opponents by stacking cones on goals, scoring mobile goals in zones, having the highest stacks, and parking robots” VEX coordinator Sean O’Bra said.

Source: Buckingham VEX Robotics get in the zone on Saturday

RoboKnights announce first Lego event in Vacaville – Daily Republic

By Daily Republic Staff

The Buckingham Charter Magnet High School RoboKnights have kicked off their new season and now they’re reaching out to the community by hosting an event for the smaller Robo children in the league.

The First Lego League offers an opportunity for children in elementary and middle schools to compete in robotics competitions that are geared toward young minds.

“These young teams are encouraged to think like scientists and engineers to solve real-world problems,” Logan Malaney, RoboKnights president, said in a statement. “And we get to guide them along the way.”

Source: RoboKnights announce first Lego event in Vacaville

Vanden Robotics Team prepare to visit China to share STEM Robotics Curriculum – Daily Republic

Sixteen students from Vanden High School in Fairfield, CA, will be traveling to Beijing, Shanghai, and Ningbo this November 18-26, 2017. The students will conduct presentations and demonstrations to Beijing Economic Management High School and Jiaxing Sichuan Vocational College in Jiaxing, with the goal of building up a competitive and sustainable robotics curriculum programs in their respective communities.

These local robotics students will not only put their robot building and programming knowledge to the test but will also employ unique presentation skills, tying together academic language in English with elements of the Mandarin language. The support will not end with their visit, but will continue during the following year, providing support and resources by email and Skype. While in China, the students will also tour the sites of Shanghai, Terracotta Soldiers in Xi’an, and Beijing including the Forbidden City and the Great Wall.

Source: Local High School Robotics Team prepare to visit China to share STEM Robotics Curriculum

Buckingham Robo Knights start new year this weekend with high spirits – Daily Republic

By Buckingham PR Team

The Buckingham Charter Magnet High School Robotics team is gearing up for another successful year.

“This will be an exciting year,” says team Vice President Natalie LaRowe. “The Robo Knights are ready to build on last year’s season when we competed at the World Championships in Houston. This year, we intend to win!”

On Nov. 4, from 6-8 p.m., the Robo Knights will host their annual Spaghetti Feed fundraiser to support the team. The Robo Knights will serve fresh, homemade pasta dishes, salad, garlic bread, and ice cream floats, all for $10. The event features live and silent auctions, and the Robo Knights will demonstrate their robots.

Source: Buckingham Robo Knights start new year this weekend with high spirits

Fairfield-Suisun schools spur state law to pay for student field trips – Daily Republic

By Ryan McCarthy

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation by Assemblyman Jim Frazier allowing school districts to pay for student field trips to other states – a measure spurred by Fairfield-Suisun School District students competing in a robotics event in Kentucky.

“I thank Fairfield-Suisun School District for bringing the need for this legislation to my attention,” Frazier said in a press release.

“School districts have been explicitly prohibited from using funds to help students participate in field trips or educational excursions out of state,” said Frazier, D-Discovery Bay. “AB 341 changes this, allowing schools to use district funds to enhance educational opportunities by increasing access to student resources.”

Source: Fairfield-Suisun schools spur state law to pay for student field trips

Bold explorers of robotics, biotechnology – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Sitting on a stool in a Will C. Wood High School science room Friday, Edwin Gomez Perez, 10, used a remote hand-held device to control several linkbots, small softball-sized plastic robots, their wheels and gears whirring quietly on the floor in front of him.

Nearby, standing at a table, Benjamin Rocha, 10, guided a linkbot across the table’s surface as a half-dozen people, classmates and a parent, looked on as the ’bot rolled a few inches in a straight line, then took a half-right turn.

Meanwhile, a few moments later in an adjacent science room and lab at the Marshall Road campus, Alex Vales, 11, spoke softly with his father, Anthony, who heard his son explain how bacteria thrive — at least in a sealed Petri dish.

Source: Bold explorers of robotics, biotechnology

Area high school robotics teams tally mixed results at world championships – The Reporter

By Richard Bammer

Vacaville-area high school robotics teams posted mixed results but gained immeasurable experience at the 2017 FIRST Robotics World Championships, The Reporter has learned.

Held in Houston last week, Wednesday through Saturday, the competition yielded the final tallies, with the RoboVikes from Vanden High, in the 67-team Galileo division, in 13th place; the RoboKnights from Buckingham Charter High in 43rd in the Hopper division; and the Armijo High Robotics squad in 66th, also in the Galileo division.

Long a robotics powerhouse and mentor to other robotics teams, the RoboVikes, veterans of several world championship runs, ended up in first place after the first day of competition, Thursday, in the George Brown Convention Center, for essentially a STEM face-off that attracted 400 teams (in five divisions) from the West and South and from several foreign countries, including Australia, China and Turkey. (Because the championship has grown in popularity, another round of championship matches is this coming weekend in St. Louis.)

Source: Area high school robotics teams tally mixed results at world championships