Monday, January 11, 2016

Build Season is Underway

Stronghold is here
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FRC Stronghold

The game was officially reveled on Saturday to over 3,000 teams world wide.
Stronghold is a medieval themed tower defender style game. Alliances of 3 robots each compete against each other to breach their opponents defensive structures, shoot boulders into their tower, and eventually scale and capture their opponents tower.

A one page game description can be found here.

Below is the video description of the game.
FIRST Stronghold Game Revel

Build Blog

We will be regularly updating our progress on our blog.
We encourage everyone to follow along with our progress, leave comments with questions and encouragement, and just stay up to date with what we are working on.

Build Season

Students if you haven't done the spring sign up list, please do so ASAP.

Build Season Food

Parent's an email went out on Sunday asking for volunteers to bring in meals for the team (If you didn't get this email, get in touch with Allen). Please sign up as soon as possible. The team appreciates your support. We also would love for you to send in snacks and drinks for the team as well.


We want to thank all of our fantastic sponsors especially our two schools, St. Agnes Academy & Strake Jesuit College Prep.


One of our most critical sponsors for the past several years has been Solarcraft Inc. They have been providing laser cut and bent sheet metal for all of our past 3 robots. Last week our team was welcomed to their facility to tour their shop and learn about their operations. We even got to watch a part be cut by the laser and then operate the press brake.

Volunteer Hours and Contributions

Do you work for a company that grants money to organizations in which you volunteer your time?
In the past, Spectrum has been fortunate to receive some grants due to company employees, spouses, and children working at Spectrum-hosted events like our Texas Robotics Invitational and First Lego League Tournaments. 

We know that ExxonMobil awards two types of volunteer grants.  One is for a five-person team of employees, spouses, and dependents who volunteer a collective 20 hours at a specific Spectrum event.  The other is when an employee, spouse, or dependent (only one person) volunteers 20 hours over a period of time.  If you, a Spectrum team member’s parent are an employee of ExxonMobil, please let us know.    

We would appreciate if you could see if your employer also awards these types of volunteer grants.  If so, please also email us so we can create a master list of potential volunteer grant possibilities. 

Spring Dates

  • Jan 17th 1-6pm - Boot Camp Build 1 (Helping other teams)
  • Jan 31st 1-6pm Boot Camp Build 2 (Helping other teams)
  • Feb 7th 1-5pm Superbowl Bumper Build (Helping other teams)
  • Feb 20 & 21, 10am-6pm Houston Scrimmage in Strake Dinning Hall
  • March 16-20 Bayou Regional
  •  Apirl 7th-9th - Lone Star Regional in Houston
  •  April 26th(PM)- 31st(AM) - FIRST Championship event in St. Louis
There will be more dates added, but these are the ones we know about now.
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