Archives for : March2014

Volunteering at the GEAR Robotics – Trial Run!

For the past several years, the RoboRaiders have supported the local GEAR Robotics competition. This year was no different. The students, mentors and parents on the team volunteered to help set up for the trial run at the Texas Tech Recreational Center on March 28th. On Trial run day, March 29th, we were out there from 7 am till noon and showed our enthusiasm by helping out the GEAR teams, being part of the judges and referees panel and taking on any task that needed to be done.

It was  a great experience to see GEAR teams from all around the area showcase their robots and practice for the actual game day, which will take place on April 12th. The RoboRaiders will be there to give a helping hand!

2014 Chairman’s Award Submission Video

FRC team 1817 – Llano Estacado RoboRaiders are proud to present our FRC Chairman’s Award Video Submission for the 2013-14 season.

Fear The Mantis

Team 1817, The Llano Estacado RoboRaiders are proud to present our 2014 FRC Robot “Mantis” and our practice robot “Hopper.”

RoboRaiders Mentioned in Engineering Today Newsletter


On March 11, the RoboRaiders we’re mentioned in the Whitacre College of Engineering Today Newsletter.

The article highlighted both the team’s success at Hub City Regional and the presentation at the 7th Annual STEM Conference in February.

Highlights in the article included:

“Team 1817 also received the Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors and the Industrial Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories. The team is now qualified to compete at the national competition in St. Louis, Missouri on April 24-26, 2014. In addition, team leader George Tan, a senior electrical engineering student, was recognized as outstanding mentor with the Woody Flowers Finalist Award. This award recognizes an individual who has done an outstanding job of motivation through communication while also challenging the students to be clear and succinct in recognizing the value of communication.”

As well as an article about the presentation:

“Whitacre College of Engineering faculty members, students, and staff members played a key role in the success of the recent 7th Annual Texas STEM Conference, held in Dallas in February 2014. The conference was hosted by the Texas STEM Coalition and included many presentations showcasing the unique, proactive, and prolific engagement by Texas Tech engineering faculty and staff in K-14 outreach.

Dr. Tanja Karp, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Dr. Richard Gale, a professor of electrical and computer engineering, along with Courtney Pinnell, a graduate electrical engineering student, Kenyan Burnham, an undergraduate electrical engineering student, and Gregory Burnham, an Estacado High School physics teacher, presented a session titled “K-12 Robotics—Opportunities for Collaboration with Engineering Colleges.” Gale and Karp also provided a preconference short-course titled “Learning STEM Concepts through LEGO Robotics.”.”

The article can be found at:

Hub City Champs!

Hub City Finalist

It looks like Team 1817 is going to World Championships this year. Parents, Alumni, and sponsors we’re present to witness one of the proudest moments in team 1817 history, last Saturday after competing at Hub City Regional for two days prior, RoboRaiders we’re seeded at rank number one with a 17-3-0 record. And after the elimination rounds became the Hub City 2014 Regional Finalists  with the Winning Alliance. This is the first time in the team’s history that we will be going to World Championships as Regional Finalists as the highest seeded team and alliance.

The winning Alliance was composed of team 1817 with Team 2468, Chap Robotics aka “Team Appreciate” and Team 5320, the Cyber Hornets from Lorenzo, TX. All three teams will go to World Championships in April.

Our drive team is composed of Ryan Steelman and Avery Reynolds as Drivers,  Zackery Daniels as Human Player, and Mantis as the winning Robot. Good job guys and congratulations Hub City Champs!