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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: http://www.firstinspires.org/resource-library/frc/competition-manual-qa-system).

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

~Krista Petty

Oncoming 2015 Hub City FIRST Competition

On March 26th-28th, Lubbock – Texas will be holding the Hub City FIRST Robotics Competition at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. There will be 46 teams from across the state and around the country competing at the Regional event. The RoboRaiders are determined to win the Competition and head to the World Competition in St. Louis, Missouri. Good luck to all the teams attending the regional and we look forward to seeing you there!

So please come and witness awesome robots battling it our on the field. We will greatly appreciate your support at our competition!

Recap – Alamo FIRST Robotics Competition

On March 11th, 2015 we took off to San Antonio for Alamo’s FIRST Robotics Competition that took place on March 12-14th. We made it to Semi-Finals and toted ourselves to Finals where we were asked to alliance with the (Pink Team) Team 233 and together completed the alliance with Team 2158 (AustinCANs). As a team we had several accomplishments. We won a FINALISTS trophy, individual Red FIRST medals and our Safety Captain earned the “Safety Star of the day” pin. Congratulations to the winning alliance as well! Everyone had a blast! #PinkRaidersCAN

Bagged and Tagged!

After six weeks of brainstorming, prototyping, building, debugging and staying late nights, the RoboRaiders are ready to compete at the Hub City Regional and the Alamo Regional competition for the 2015 FRC game “Recycle Rush”!

Bagged and tagged, we are now focusing on driver practice and getting the pit crew ready. Along with having fun watching other regional competitions and building team spirit, we will be practicing scouting, taking care of travel arrangements and getting ready for the Chairman’s presentation. The Alamo regional competition will be taking place on March 11 to 14, 2015 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and our local Hub City Regional will be hosted on March 25 to 28, 2015 at the Lubbock Civic Center.

See you there!

This Years Game!

Happy New Years everyone! On January 3, 2015 FIRST Robotics announced this years game. Our game has to do with recycling and liter and will allow members of robotics teams to understand that not only are robots cool, but they can make a huge impact on the world and will change the trajectory of society. We have 6 weeks to design and build our robot and can’t wait to step foot on the field. Wish us luck!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTyCIYZQ_1s