By Nick Sestanovich
A stay-at-home order won’t stop Solano County middle school girls from learning about robotics, as the Solano County Office of Education will be virtually offering its annual Girls in Robotics Leadership (GIRL) Camp this week.
During the five-day camp, which runs Monday to Friday, students will learn teamwork, communication and leadership skills through robotics, principles in engineering, and computer programming activities. They will use RoboBlockly and programming code in a mock RoboPlay Challenge Competition and learn film production and the creative process that goes into making short videos — all through robotics.
Students will also present videos and celebrate with parents and community members over Zoom at the end of the camp.
Source: Coronavirus: SCOE holding robotics camp virtually this week – The Reporter
A free virtual Girls in Robotics Leadership Camp is being offered to middle school girls starting Monday.
The camp is being put on by the Solano County Office of Education in partnership with the Vacaville School District and the University of California, Davis, Computing-Science, Technology, Engineering and Math division.
It runs through Friday.
Source: Virtual girls robotics camp starts Monday in Solano
By Daily Republic Staff
The Vanden High School robotics team will head to China starting Nov. 22 and returning home Nov. 30, traveling to Beijing Economic Management School, Meilong Middle School and Shanghai Jiao Tong University with the intent of sharing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math curriculum, according to a press release.
While in China, the students will also tour the sites of Shanghai and Beijing, including the Great Wall. The trip is the third time robotics team members have visited China, with the trip coordinated by Paul Cheng of the U.S. Education Foundation and Doug Green of the Vanden Robotics Foundation.
Source: Vanden robotics team prepares for China trip
The RoboKnights of Buckingham Charter Magnet High School’s have just finished Cap City and are hosting their annual spaghetti feed.
The annual spaghetti feed will be on Saturday, October 26 from 6PM-8PM at 188 Bella Vista Road, Vacaville 95687.
“They [fabrication, coding, and electrical departments] have worked for Cap City. The Public Relations and Business Department is ready to show off at the Spaghetti Feed. We’re going to blow everyone away.” says Andrei, the business lead of robotics.
Source: Press Release: Buckingham RoboKnights Fundraise for a Spooky Spaghetti Feed
Buckingham Charter Magnet High School’s RoboKnights assembled for Cap City Classic from October 19-20.
Capital City Classic is an off-season tournament for robotics teams to come and compete for a weekend. It’s a great way to start off the new year.
“We grew together as a team in the face of adversity.” says Elizabeth Deards, president of the RoboKnights.
During the off-season tournament, the RoboKnights competed with other North Bay teams. Returning members know Capital City is a great way to return to competition, and it’s a great way for RoboKnight recruits to learn what robotics is all about: having fun.
Source: Press Release: Buckingham RoboKnights Assembled for Cap City Classic
By Community Contributor
Buckingham Roboknights Return With High SpiritsVacaville, CA – August 27, 2017.
The Buckingham Charter Magnet High School Robotics team is gearing up for yet another successful year.
“I’m really looking forward to this year” says Public Relations lead Matt Famularcano. “There is a lot of potential, we have a great team, and a lot of exciting work to do before the competitions.”
Source: Buckingham Roboknights Return With High Spirits
By Kimberly K. Fu
Fifty years ago Tuesday America celebrated the launch of Apollo 11 into space — and the first man traversing the moon four days later.
In present day, Vacaville youths enjoyed some cosmic adventures of their own — taking over the Nut Tree Plaza for a bit with their experiments.
Screams, giggles and fizzy explosions marked the celebration, a mix of history and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities.
Source: Youths in Vacaville commemorate Apollo 11 launch – The Reporter
By John Glidden
While families meandered around enjoying the sights and sounds of the Solano County Fair, a group of girls were making robots dance on Saturday.
With just a few clicks on the laptop, mini robots, best described as over sized lint rollers attached to two giant wheels, move about a table, “dancing” front and back, side to side.
Representing the Girls in Robotics Leadership (GIRL) Camp, the middle and high school students showed off their coding skills while Lilibeth Pinpin looked on like a proud mother.
Pinpin is the director of innovative programs & student success for the Solano County Office of Education. The county office of education in partnership with UC Davis C-STEM (Computing-Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) hosted the five-day camp in the month of June.
Source: Robots invade Solano County Fair – Times Herald
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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