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Mentor Info Session


2013 FIRST Info Session

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The Llano Estacado RoboRaiders, FRC Team 1817, is looking for New Mentors to join our award winning team for the upcoming 2013-14 season. There is an Info Session on October 1st at Texas Tech Campus in the Electrical Engineering building room 101, the Lankford Lab . Come by and learn about what it is like being a mentor and how to become a mentor. We will be handing out applications and will demo a robot. If you have any questions or can’t make it to the info session email us at

Awards Presentation to Terry and Linda Fuller


From left to right: Tanya Mishra, Kenyan Burnham, Richard Gale, Terry Fuller, Linda Fuller, Nick Licalsi, Emily Roosevelt.

On Sept 20th, The RoboRaiders were honored to be joined by Terry and Linda Fuller for an awards ceremony in tribute to their support to the team in the past years. Terry and Linda Fuller are part of the Texas Tech Foundation advisory board and are vital contributors towards the success and growth of Texas Tech University.

Taking precious time out of their busy day, Terry and Linda walked in all smiles greeting everyone, talking amongst the presenters and chatting about, only to be more awed by the fact that we had an actual Powerpoint presentation ready for them!

Emily Roosevelt, Nicholas Licalsi, Tanya Mishra, Krista Petty, Kenyan Burnham, and Dr. Richard Gale presented the 2012 Engineering Excellence Award Trophy, the 2012 Industrial Safety Award Trophy, and the 2012 Chairman’s Award Banner.

The presentation highlighted the team’s success in the 2011-12 as well as 2012-13 season, the steps we are currently taking toward reaching our future goals in the upcoming season, and the challenges that lie ahead.

It was because of the Fuller’s support that the team was able to attend the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championships at St. Louis in 2012.

Thank you so much Terry and Linda Fuller!

2014 GEAR

GEAR provides an exciting hands-on LEGO robotics challenge to elementary and middle school students at no cost to the schools, with the goal of increasing interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines and improving retention of engineering undergraduate students at Texas Tech.

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West Texas BEST’13 – Gate Keeper!

The RoboRaiders have had the privilege to help BEST Robotics host and manage their West Texas BEST Competition for the past several years. Managed by Dr.Richard Gale, we have provided immense support to help BEST build their game fields, provide mentors to the teams and help set up the Kickoff and Game day as well.  The following student organizations have been working with us towards this program:

  • NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers)
  • SHPE (Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers)
  • IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)
  • SWE (Society of Women Engineers)
  • HKN (Eta Kappa Nu)

This year ‘s challenge is “Gate Keeper”! The goal is to upgrade a CPU by picking up transistors and other electronics made out of wood and foam , put them together and apply logic as if they were coding for it, all on the field. This can be easily achieved my building a rotating arm.

Throughout summer, our mentor, Ismael Castillo, helped getting the consumable and returnable kits together for the teams as well as helping Dr. Bobby Green, faculty and field manager, to build the field along with other mentors to help them out.

We organized a successful kickoff on Sept 7th.  Our mentor Mellinda Callender, mentor/volunteer coordinator for BEST, got together with the above mentioned organizations and recruited BEST mentors for the teams as well as recruited volunteers to help set up the events.

Another of our mentor Kenyan Burnham, Head software support for BEST, held workshops for these teams and taught them the basics of programming in EASYC and ROBOTC.

We are looking forward to yet another successful season of West Texas BEST Robotics!


West Texas BEST 2012 – WarpXX!

West Teaxs BEST 2011 – Bugs!

West Texas BEST 2010 – Total Recall!


Raiders Robotics Summer Research ’13

This past summer the RoboRaiders in conjunction with the Whitacre College of Engineering at Texas Tech University held an internship for high school students and incoming college freshman.

The goal of the internship was to increase the aptitude of student’s abilities to work in STEM careers with an emphasis on leadership skills as well as to provide them ample opportunity to experience undergraduate research from an early standpoint.

Many projects were planned and we received funding from Dean Sacco of the Whitacre College of Engineering through the Engineering Opportunities Center but we were unable to complete any because our facility out at Reese Technology Center, where most of our tools, materials, and space was shut down because the University was making great strides towards renovating it’s safety mission.

With that in mind we wasted no time to jump on improving ourselves and the facilities we are a part of. One of our mentors became the Safety Captain for three different laboratories! While we actively tried to get our facility up and running,  Team 1817 also began work setting up the upcoming West Texas BEST season!

Working with the West Texas BEST consumables and returnables, the field build, and even the demo bot!

But we didn’t stop there: during the internship students were able to hold five camps events working with young kids and even kids their own age.

  1. The Boys and Girl’s Club Fair
  2. The Bodyworks LEGO Robotics Camp
  3. Science It’s A Girl Thing
  4. Shake Hands With Your Future
  5. Texas Tech University PRISM Program – NXT MIndstorm Legos

Working with student organizations like IEEE, WIE, and NSBE the Boys and Girl’s club event was aimed at involving young and creative students in pursuing STEM opportunities.

Mentors drove three hours to Midland, TX to attend the Midland Science Exposition. As a stop for six grade students from the region, demoing the robot for six hours with approximately one-thousand students passing through.

The Halliburton Field trip was a collection of 100 of the brightest students in Lubbock. These students were brought to  various departments on Texas Tech University to show them the possibilities Texas Tech Campus had to offer. The RoboRaiders were chosen to represent the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Haliburton Field Trip

Haliburton Field Trip

This was our second time attending this showcase of the Whitacre College of Engineering. The showcase’s purpose was to demonstrate high school counselors all over Texas that Texas tech is a prime school to visit. Both students and mentors spoke at this event.

Summer Showcase 13'

Summer Showcase 13′

Team 1817, the RoboRaiders was asked to a group of one-hundred minority students from the region. After presenting FIRST, 3D printing technology, and the benefit of pursuing higher education students engaged in active questioning where we talked about all assets of engineering, robotics, and college.

Y100 Leadership Camp 13'

Y100 Leadership Camp 13′

The Bodyworks LEGO Robotics Camp was a fun and exciting camp working with six-nine year olds to create the perfect LEGO Robot creation.

The “Science It’s A Girl Thing” Camp’s main focus is to get girls interested  in pursuing STEM careers at a young age.

Science It's a Girl Thing 13

Science It’s a Girl Thing 13

In cooperation with the IDEAL center at Texas Tech University the RoboRaiders helped run a class for the  “Shake Hands With You Future” Camp which brought Brazilian high school  students on to Texas Tech University. The week long Robotics and 3D printing Technology class was a huge success with almost 30 students in attendance.


2013 Shake Hands With Your Future - Brazil

2013 Shake Hands With Your Future – Brazil

Also this summer students of the Raiders Robotics Research program attended and helped run The Hub City Post Season Event and Robot Round-Up hosted by the AusTIN CANS, Austin TX.

  • The Hub City Post Season Event
  • Robot Round-Up

After the start of the Hub City Regional, to ensure that it continues in upcoming years, mentor Greg Burnham of Team 4570, The Robodors helped host the Hub City Post Season Event inviting Team 1817 to help in an off season aimed at giving regional teams a chance to fix their robots and “try again” so to speak. Team 1817 was in the winning alliance for the event.


RoboRaiders at Robot Roundup

RoboRaiders at Robot Roundup

Robot Round-Up is an off-season event hosted by AusTIN-CANS, team 2158 in Austin TX.  The RoboRaiders took the six hour drive to help run it. Team 1817 served as field reset and general help for the event.


All in all despite our huge obstacle of Reese we were able to do so much!

Raiders Robotics research is proud of their student’s work through the summer and for such an astounding amount of support the College of Engineering and the Engineering Opportunities Center has given us!