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RoboCavs Help Start Urbana FTC Team

Posted by schsrobocavs on November 28, 2013 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (38)

The RoboCavs know firsthand how difficult the first year as an FTC Team can be, and they want to use their experience to help other teams.  When they learned that Urbana Middle School was starting an FTC team, they invited Urbana's mentor to attend their meetings.  The RoboCavs shared their knowledge on the engineering notebook, learning to build a robot, and programming. 

Several of the RoboCavs also attended Urbana's kickoff meeting.  They talked about the challenge, gracious professionalism, and the robot.  The RoboCavs gave a demonstration of their robot, which was able to lift itself off the ground to hang on the bar in Block Party.  The RoboCavs answered all the questions that prospective team members and their parents had about the robot.  

The RoboCavs look forward to meeting Urbana again at competitions.

RoboCavs Mentor FLL Team K9-Volts

Posted by schsrobocavs on November 28, 2013 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

The RoboCavs attended an FLL meeting and help the team with their programming strategy and their presentation.  The RoboCavs' mentor, Thomas Lee, is also a mentor for the FLL team, which is comprised of elementary and middle school students in Mount Airy.  The RoboCavs want to share their experience with these young engineers, who may become RoboCavs in the near future.

Lego Fun Camp

Posted by schsrobocavs on September 1, 2013 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Over the summer, the RoboCavs volunteered at the Lego Fun Camp, organizd by the RoboLions.  The RoboCavs shared their experience with Legos, Lego Mindstorms, and robots with children in elementary and middle school.  The camp participants worked in small groups to build and program sumo-bots for a competition at the end of the week.  They had fun while learning about engineering, teamwork, and gracious professionalism.  There were three camp sessions, and a total of 62 children.  The children loved it, and were always eager to work on their robots.


Science Fair Demo

Posted by schsrobocavs on March 14, 2013 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

On March 1, 2013, we gave a demonstration of our robots at the Mt. Airy/Parrs Ridge Elementary School Science Fair. We drove our robot, putting rings on the center pegs. We also had our smaller robot, Gizmo, available for the children to drive. The children enjoyed seeing and driving our robots. In addition, we answered any questions that the children or parents had about our robots.

RoboCavs take second in State Competition

Posted by schsrobocavs on March 14, 2013 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

We were thrilled when we heard that we could go to the State FIRST FTC Robotics Championship, thanks to our winning the Connect Award at our second qualifying competition. When we arrived at the John's Hopkin's Applied Physics Laboratory, we were filled with excitement. We hoped to rank somewhere in the middle of the 32 teams, but by lunchtime, we had far exceeded our goal. We finished the regular round in first place! Although we did not win in the finals, we came in second place. Not bad for our first year as a team!

For a news article about this competition, please click any of the following links.

http://www.pie-3.org/hot-news-1/robo-cavsfinish2ndatstatechampionships

http://www.gazette.net/article/20130307/NEWS/130309395/1123/south-carroll-high-school-robotics-team-places-second-at-state&template=gazette

http://eldersburg.patch.com/articles/south-carroll-robotics-team-places-2nd-in-state-championship

Naval Academy

Posted by schsrobocavs on January 12, 2013 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Our first competition was on January 12th at the Naval Academy. We did not know what to expect, but we were excited. Not only did we have a blast, but we also gained valuable experience. We learned more about how FTC works, gained inspiration for further robot design, and shared in the excitement of a robotics competition. The highlight of the day for us was when we successfully scored a ring in autonomous mode, a challenging part of the match in which the robot relys on preset programs instead of driver control. At the end of the day, we finished 16th out of 28 teams. For our first competition ever, we considered this a huge success.

South Carroll High School Forms Robotics Club

Posted by schsrobocavs on November 13, 2012 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The South Carroll RoboCavs formed in the fall of 2012. Membership in the club grew quickly from five to about fifteen regularly attending members. We started off with bountiful enthusiasm, depite our having few materials and little experience. Our eagerness to learn led us to success, as we found out what it takes to design, build, program, and compete with a robot.

For the full story, please click here to read an article from the Carroll County Times.


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