Friday, August 28, 2015

August Update

Spectrum members in China, SPECTaculaR robotics camp, and fall dates
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Spectrum in China

Five members of Spectrum are back from two weeks in china from August 8th to 21st. We were there participating in the China Robotics Challenge alongside our friends teams 118 and 2468. In all there were 10 teams from the United States, 1 Brazilian, 1 Australian, and 28 Chinese Teams at the event.

Photos from our trip to China can be seen on our Flickr.

China Trip Photos


Spectrum completed our 4th year of running the Summer Programs Educating Children Through Robotics at the Spring Branch Family Development Center Boys and Girls Club. 

We teach students about the basic principles of engineering and programming using Lego robots.

Photos can be found on our Flickr.

SPECTaculaR Photos.

Fall Dates

  • Sep 10th - SAA Interest Meeting
  • Sep 12th - FLL Kickoff at SAA
  • Sep 14th - SAA Club Carnival
  • Sep 15th - Strake Club Fair
  • Sep 17th - SAA Interest Meeting
  • Sep 19th - VEX Houston Kickoff Volunteering
  • Sep 24th - Engineering Presentation: Amanda Reineck at SAA
  • Oct 3rd - HISD VEX Kickoff Volunteering
  • Oct 10th - SJ Food Distribution
  • Oct 24th - Remix Off-season
  • Oct 31st - Mock Kickoff at Strake Jesuit
  • Nov 7th - Canstruction Build Day
  • Nov 14th - Houston Maker Faire
  • Nov 15th - Decanstruction
  • Nov 21st - Space City VEX Tournament Volunteering
  • Dec 5th - Spectrum FLL Qualifier at Strake
  • Dec 12th - HISD VEX Volunteering
There will be more dates added but these are the ones we know about now.
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Sunday, August 9, 2015

China Travel Log Day 1

5 members of Spectrum are in China and Hong Kong for next two weeks along with our friends the Robonauts and Appreciate.

We started of our journey with a 12+ hour flight to Beijing airport for a short 13 hrs in the city, giving us just enough time to go out to the great wall and back in time to catch our flight to Hong Kong.

The Great was a wonderful experience. The size, complexity, and details and amazing to witness. The engineering invoked in building such a sprawling structure is mind blowing.

Our guides took us to a small local restaurant for lunch. We didn't fit in the dining area so they open up the attached living room of the owner for us to eat. The food was fantastic, Kung Pao chicken, fries potatoes, a flaky cross between a pancake and a tertiary, and much more all of it was fabulous.

After that is was back to the airport to catch our connection to Hong Kong.

We'll be here for a couple days then on to Shenzhen were we will meet up from teams from around China and the US for workshops and the 2015 China Robotics Competition.

- Spectrum

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” - Henry Miller