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RoboRaider Alumni develops an iPhone app!

One of our former student and alumni RoboRadier has developed an iPhone and iPad app called ” Puzzle Pix”! Keifer Aguilar, son of our current president of the Parents Booster Club – Peggy Aguilar, majored in Computer Science and now is in the workforce. Puzzle Pix allows you to challenge your puzzle solving skills but coloring the pictoral puzzle. BUT no two regions of the same color can touch!

You can download the app here:

Download Puzzle Pix on the iTunes App store

More info can be found on the Facebook page:

Facebook page – Puzzle Pix

Relay for Life at Texas Tech University!

On the evening of April 12th, the RoboRaiders were glad to be a part of the Relay for Life at Texas Tech University. The Relay For Life event features community and campus events that offer an inspiring opportunity to honor cancer survivors, promote how individuals can reduce their cancer risk, and raise money to help end cancer. An all night event, the Relay for life was spread across campus and took place all night, up to the morning of April 13th.

Our student robot drivers, Avery Reynold and Ryan Steelman, and two of our mentors were ready to wow the crowd with our robot “Hopper”. We shot some t-shirts into the audience and let them have a glimpse of our lean mean shooting machine.

Overall, it was a fun event!

GEAR Robotics 2014 Game Day

After a successful Trial Run two weeks ago, a lot of help was needed at the 2014 GEAR Game day and the RoboRaiders was front and center to volunteer. Our parents, students and mentors took up the positions of judging awards on the game day as well as grading team essays, being referees, utilities support and making all the trophies on our CNC Machine. It was fun experience for everyone and amazing to see the Lego Bots all the teams had come up with to face the challanges.

We were there to help set up and take down the field as well. Over all, we’d like to thank Dr. Tanja Karp, Professor at the Electrical Engineering Department and manager of the GEAR Robotics at Texas Tech University for giving us the opportunity to be a part of GEAR again. The RoboRadiers will continue to support GEAR year after year!

Awards Presentation to Dean Al Sacco Jr.

On April 11th, the RoboRaiders had the honor of meeting with Dean Al Sacco Jr., the Dean of the Edward E. Whitacre Jr. College of Engineering at Texas Tech University. Our students, Forrest Shipton, Madeleine St. Clair and Zachery Daniel updated the Dean with our on-season and off-season accomplishments from this season, which included the strong student recruitment, outstanding community involvement, awards received at the Hub City and Dallas Regional and the prestigious glory of winning the Hub City Regional and journey ahead to World Championship.

We presented our Industrial Design, Industrial Safety and Hub City winner trophies to the Dean, which was placed right next to our Dallas Chairman’s Award trophy from 2012.

It was a pleasure meeting with the Dean and we thank him for his precious time.

I Beat Pete – Man vs Machine!

On a sunny and windy west Texas Sunday afternoon of April 6th, an epic battle between Man vs Machine was taking place out at the Reese Technology Center. This was the second time, local news channel KCBD’s Pete from “I Beat Pete” had come out for a challenge with our robot. ‘I Beat Pete’ is a weekly sports challenge segment that allows NewsChannel 11 viewers to challenge Pete to the game or sport they play. In 2012, we beat Pete in a basketball match against our robot “Shiner”. This year, Pete stood against Mantis’s twin, “Hopper”!

After a afternoon full of yoga balls being shot one after another and the scores closing up fast with each other, Pete ended up beating Hopper. It was a close and exciting match! You can watch the segment in the link below:

I Beat Pete – Man vs Machine