New Forms For 2017

Below is the list of all the newest forms for this season.

T-Shirt Order Form:

Dues Payment Form:


Sponsors for 2017 Season

We would like to thank a few of our many multi-year sponsors for the continued support. Without their help as well as many of our other sponsors the team wouldn’t be able to achieve our mission of educating local students through robotics. Please offer your thanks by supporting our sponsors, their names can be found here.

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Preseason Training For 2017

Preparing for the 2017 competition season! Improving electrical skills by reviving a retired FRC base. Training and teaching the students to get in the groove of the season!

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FIRST Stronghold: Kick-Off 2016

It was a bright, cold morning as everyone gathered to the local Kick-Off in Lubbock, Texas. Ice was on the ground, kids were groggy, but people were constantly trying to guess this year’s game Challenge for “FIRST Stronghold!”

Minutes ticked by as the tension grew amongst the crowd. A cover over Monty Python and the Holy Grail could not have been more perfect for the theme of this year! It was hysterical for many (only for the puns). Dean Kamen, Woodie Flowers, and Frank Merrick all took their turn to discuss interesting facts about FIRST in a course of an hour. Hope was almost lost until they finally displayed the Game Reveal!

For those of you who are new to FIRST, this is one of the most challenging fields yet. In the past, there has been different components each alliance had to endure through. However, this time some of the components are interchangeable. These pieces are known as the OUTER WORKS. This is the alliances’ defense system. There are 8 platforms of which 1 from each group must be on the field. 1 set stays the same the entire time. Each alliance has to prepare a strategy to keep their opponents from BREACHING their defense, and this is the cool part; you are awarded for completing tasks. Another task the alliance can do is CAPTURE their opponents tower/flag. Because FIRST is known for using resources, it is advised to research past competitions to obtain information that can assist your team for this year’s competition.

There is so much more to this game than what I have mentioned. If you haven’t read the Game Manual, you should! (Game Manual:

Until later, good luck on this Build Season and may you find ways to defend your Stronghold!

~Krista Petty

Senator Charles Perry Visits Llano Estacado RoboRaiders

As a team Robo Raiders reached out tremendously to the community by pushing the importance of STEM Education, creating new things to benefit society, and becoming a better person in general. Team 1817 had a significant outreach from Senator Charles Perry On Thursday, June 25, 2015 as he came to visit the Llano Estacado Estacado Robo Raiders and witness their success out at their workspace at the Reese Technology Center. Senator Perry mentioned the importance of Texas Tech’s Robotics team, stating that, “We’re an outcomes-based society. People want to know, ‘Is it working? What’s happening?’ And that’s the way it should be,” He was proud to know that he could use RoboRaiders as an example in his debates for education, his success as a senator, and etc. DSC_0121 DSC_0114 DSC_0100 DSC_0089 DSC_0117