Archives for : May2014

Talk at the Roosevelt High School by George Tan


This morning our team leader and Woodie Flowers Award finalist, George Tan was invited to speak at the Roosevelt High School in Lubbock. Been given the opportunity to talk to approximately 20 seniors, George explained to them the importance of a college education, the challenges they will face and hoped to help them decide their plans for the futures. He was able to educate them regarding the newer technologies such as 3D printing and its benefits, since the school in itself is unable to be get its hands on such resources.

He hopes to be able to get the students and the school involved in FIRST programs such as FTC and provide them an opportunity to be a part of Robotics.


End of the Year “Luau” party!

On May 18th, the RoboRaiders had their annual End of the Year Social…and this time the theme was “Hawaiian Luau”! On a warn May day, the RoboRadiers got together to celebrate the end of a very successful season and get ready for the summer. While some of us were in the pool showing off their diving skills and playing Marco Polo, the others got together for a friendly game of Volleyball, ping pong and Frisbee.

All the food was Hawaiian themed and we had a full tummy by the end of the day. Cherry on the cake was an actual three tier cake made to look like out 2014 robot “Mantis”, hand made by one of our lovely parents.

Overall, it was a much deserved end to a great season and after our goodbyes, we are more than ready for the summer and another awesome year ahead!


May 8th City Council Special Recognition

City Council Recognition

Yesterday the RoboRaiders had the extreme privilege to be recognized at the Lubbock city council meeting. In front of the prestigious council members and citizens of Lubbock, the RoboRaiders were congratulated for being the winning champs at Hub City Regional, for competing at the Dallas Regional, for winning  the Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors and Industrial Safety Award sponsored by Underwriters Laboratories  at both the regional and for not only representing the city at World Championship in St. Louis, MO but being the semi-finalist in the Newton Division.

140508 City Council Llano Estacado RoboRaiders

The City council appreciated our efforts in the growth and development of STEM education in the city and according to them, the RoboRaiders are one of the Great Minds in this city who make a difference. Madeleine St. Clair and Avery Reynolds, our students on the team, thanked them for the recognition and explained to them what “Mantis” was designed to do in the 2014 FRC game of “Aerial Assist”.

We are honored to have been a part of the City Council Meeting and appreciate the enthusiasm of the members of the council!

A coverage of the special recognition can be accessed here (Meeting Index tab ->Item 2):

May 8th Regular City Council Meeting

The Lubbock Avalanche was kind enough to publish about the recognition. The article can be accessed here:

Llano Estacado RoboRaiders to be honored at City Council meeting


2014 World Championship, St. Louis – Recap!

Leaving for a 17 hour bus ride on the night of April 22nd  as a team, the RoboRaiders were more than ready for the week ahead in St. Louis for the FRC World Championship. This season, 68,175 students on 2,727 FRC teams in 17 countries participated in 98 Regional and District competitions. With more than 500 teams from around globe and university as well as corporate representatives, the Edward Jones Stadium in St. Louis was abuzz with more than 12,000 excited students and thousands of parents, mentors and FIRST volunteers. The four divisions at FRC Championship were Newton, Archimedes, Galileo and Curie. The winners of each division compete at the Einstein division for the title of world champs. While some of us were busy attending the workshops and conferences offered by FIRST, others spend the days exploring the FLL (FIRST Lego League), FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) and FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) pit and meeting other teams from the United States as well as from countries like China, Japan, Chile, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Iran,. After a successful round of practice and qualification rounds, team 1817 ranked 17 out of 100 teams in our Newton Division. We ended up successfully fighting our way up to the semifinals in our division. We thank our alliance partners, team 25, 3539 and 4039 for their support and assistance!

In our spare time, we bonded as a team by visiting the St. Louis Arch and spending the evening at the Union Station paddling in the water and rocking out at the Hard Rock Café. We returned back home safely on Sunday not only as a close-knit team, but as a loving family.

We were proud to be representing our sponsors and getting their name out. We thank them for all their support this year and helping us in reaching our goals. It has been one of the most successful and strong seasons for the RoboRadiers. But there is no off-season for us. We are already making preparations for the next season and another great year ahead!