Saturday, August 12, 2017

SPECTaculaR Summer Camp

Spectrum members with their students after a successful 2 weeks.

From July 31-August 11, Spectrum team members taught engineering principles and programming basics to over 60 underprivileged children at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston. Using VEX IQ robots and the ROBOTC program, team members guided students ages 6-12 through the process of building, programming, and testing their robots.

Spectrum members teach children how to assemble a robot.

Throughout the week, our students aided the children in building a robot, programming, and utilizing various sensors. Each day built on knowledge from the previous sessions. Campers learned to use gyro, ultrasonic, touch, and color sensors, and were able to incorporate several sensors into programs. Team members encouraged campers to write their own programs after each lesson. 

Campers learn to troubleshoot when encountering problems with their programs.

Over the 10 day camp, our students introduced and fostered interest in the children for robotics. Not only did campers learn about robots, but our students also observed an increase in problem solving ability and creativity. "There's no greater moment for us than the children's excitement when they finish their first program, or when they successfully complete a difficult challenge," said senior Elaine Fung.  Jeff Weissling, junior, commented that "It's really nice seeing all these young kids interested in robotics. I hope they continue learning and pursuing STEM." 

These past two weeks would not have been possible without our amazing student volunteers. Thank you for your dedication! 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Spectrum Gracious Professionalism Award at 2017 TRR

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TRR Recap

Spectrum made it to the semifinals at our competition last weekend in Austin at the 7th Annual Texas Robotics Roundup.
 
At the TRR awards ceremony, Spectrum 3847 was bestowed the prestigious Gracious Professionalism award. “We were thrilled to have been awarded the Gracious Professionalism Award! Spectrum 3847 is a team that demonstrates how to be an integral part of the FIRST community. We host our Texas Robotics Invitational every summer and we are instrumental in helping other teams with their tournaments. We help manage their AV, live stream, social media and photography for many of the tournaments year after year as well as help set up and take down the field.” said Allen Gregory, Spectrum 3847 Coach/Mentor.

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Timelapse of TRR 2017

SPECTaculaR Summer Class the next Two Weeks

“SPECTaculaR” is a two week course for the Boys and Girls Club July 31 to August 11. Since 2012 our students have designed and implemented a curriculum for SPECTaculaR that teaches engineering principles to children in the third to eighth grades. We know this STEM mentoring works and make a difference for kids. I am very proud of my students commitment to STEM outreach.” said Spectrum 3847 Coach Allen Gregory IV.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Awesome Performance at IRI, TRR is coming up

Indiana Robotics Invitational July 14-15th
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IRI Recap

Houston, TX -- July 19, 2017 --   After a successful regular season, members of the Spectrum 3847 Strake Jesuit College Preparatory and St. Agnes Academy, engineering team packed up their robot and headed for the Midwest on July 14 & 15 where they competed against the best FIRST Robotics Competition teams from the United States, Canada and Mexico.
 
Spectrum 3847 was in the top 14 for the alliance selections. TechFire 225 picked Spectrum as their first choice for the #7 alliance. Sparky 384 and Panther Tech 292 completed the alliance The #7 alliance lost in the quarterfinals against the #2 alliance of EngiN 2337 & OP Robotics 2056 & Greater Rochester Robotics 340 & Hilltopers 1732.

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3847 IRI 2017 pit timelapse
Timelapse of our pit at IRI

Mentor of the Year: Allen Gregory

Spectrum 3847 Mentor Allen Gregory was awarded the IRI Mentor of the Year. He was recognized for developing his students as well rounded professionals, and blending technical with strong communication skills while he builds great friendships with all his team members. He is active in the robotics community; pouring his time into the volunteering as an FRC Lead Robot Inspector, VEX Robotics Head Referee, and helping provide online resources for robotics teams world wide. Allen said “I’m honored to receive such great award, the students on Spectrum are the real reason for any honor that I receive they work countless hours to help make STEM education better for numerous students.”

TRR is July 28th and July 29th

Our next event is coming up quickly in Austin. This is a small event with only 24 teams. It's a great event to get more of member experience driving the robot and running the team event operations.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Robot All-star game this weekend!

Indiana Robotics Invitational July 14-15th
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Indiana Robotics Invitational

Friday July 14th & Satruday July 15th

Spectrum is going to Indianapolis this weekend for the 2017 IRI. This is the All-Star game of FRC. 68 of the best teams in the world competing in STEAMworks one more time.

Our team has been working through out the summer to improve the robot and get it ready for this elite level of competition.

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Gamma Ray shooting 39 balls completely autonomously! 

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

IRI Preparations

We are getting ready for IRI this week. We have our hopper auto ready to go.

We are also preparing both side gear autos and making sure every system is tuned-up and ready to go.

You can watch IRI Friday and Saturday at TheBlueAlliance.com

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Texas Robotics Invitational

Texas Robotics Invitational June 30th & July 1st
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Texas Robotics Invitational

Promises Two Days Of Action Packed Excitement!

TRI showcases top high school engineering talent in the country.

One of the largest summer robot tournaments in Texas!

June 30 & July 1!  

Houston -- June 1, 2017. If you missed the FIRST Robotics Championships (FRC) held at George R. Brown & Minute Maid Park in April, then you have another opportunity to see hundreds of the brightest high school students in the country compete at the upcoming Texas Robotics Invitational (T.R.I.) held at Strake Jesuit High School on Friday, June 30th and Saturday, July 1st. 38 high school teams from around the country will compete with their 120 pound robots that they have designed and built. Exciting matches! Informative workshops. Free admission. One of the largest summer robot tournaments in Texas. Families look forward to one of the best free summer educational activities in Houston. Strake Jesuit College Preparatory. 8900 Bellaire Blvd. Free admission. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. http://ift.tt/2rLcBgU   

Tournament organizer & Spectrum 3847 Coach Allen Gregory says “TRI is one of the largest summer robot tournaments in Texas! We want families to come to learn that STEM is the key to unlocking the future and think about starting a robotics program in their schools. TRI showcases some of the top high school talent in the country. See enthusiastic high school students compete with their 120 lbs robots in an action packed matches. Texas Robotics Invitational (TRI) is an off-season event in Houston, Texas designed to more experience in FRC. TRI is planned and organized by Spectrum FRC#3847 with the help of Houston area teams, and volunteers.”

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The complete Texas Robotics Invitational team list.

Highlights of T.R.I. include:

  • Award Winning Championship Robots
  • Full FRC event with playoff bracket.
  • Free Admission
  • All-Girl Drive Team Tournament - Friday
  • Mentor Tournament - Friday
  • Rookie Teams
  • Exciting Team Pit Action.  
  • Free Friday Workshops! Learn something new
  • Fun Mascots
  • Great Music!
  • Air Conditioned! Beat the Houston heat.
  • Watch  the most energized & talented high school robotics competition
  • 38 Teams from around the Country

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