WELCOME TO THE SAINT ANDREW CATHOLIC SCHOOL ROBOTICS TEAM WEBSITE!
WE ARE THE "RoboCats" !!
Saint Andrew Catholic School initiated its "RoboCats" robotics team on May 16, 2014 with a parent-student meeting in the gym. Many thanks to Dr. Scheer, Nolan's robotics coach, and his ROBOVIKES, for attending and helping us get started. Seven teams were formed and entered into the FIRST LEGO LEAGUE during the Fall of 2014. This included 55 students from grades 5-8.
Robotics introduces and reinforces the cross-curricular goal of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). In addition, participants learn to work together as a team and solve problems. This program would not have been possible without our wonderful mentors from Nolan Catholic High School including Kyle Griffith, Antonio Araujo and Zach Wempe. Their high school robotics knowledge and experience were a great help! We hope that our RoboCats will continue in robotics after they graduate from 8th grade.
ROBOCATS' TEAM PRAYER
Jesus, we pray to you for your guidance.
… help us to realize the special talents and abilities you have blessed us with.
… help us to learn together along with our high school mentors, teachers, coaches and parents.
… help us to praise You through “Gracious Professionalism” and “Coopertition”.
… also, Lord please help us to Honor You at all times with our words, actions, thoughts, teamwork and effort.
St. Albert, patron saint of science … pray for us.
St. Isidore, patron saint of computers … pray for us.
St. Patrick, patron saint of engineers … pray for us.
St. Hubert, patron saint of mathemeticians … pray for us.
In Jesus’ name we pray … AMEN
SAINT ANDREW CATHOLIC SCHOOL ROBOTICS TEAM
2017-2018 SEASON BEGINS IN AUGUST!!
The Saint Andrew Catholic School Robotics Team (the "RoboCats") will begin its 4th FIRST LEGO LEAGUE season in August 2017. Here are the details:
ROBOTICS TEAM CONTRACTS
+"RoboContracts” are available to grades 4th through 8th from Miss McGreal, Mr. Fenoglio and from the front office. The cost per student will be $65. All contracts are due on Friday, August 18, 2017.
+Along with the contract, students wanting to join the robotics team must provide the following in order to be considered:
-Short essay explaining why they want to be on the team.
-Written nomination from one of their teachers from the previous school year.
+Team meetings will begin in late August/early September 2017. Each teams’ coach will establish a meeting schedule. Meetings are typically twice per week, 1 to 2 hours each time. (The individual team coaches will contact team members and their parents regarding the specific meetings days and times.) Our goal is to have teams of 6 to 8 members.
+The FIRST LEGO LEAGUE Global "Hydrodynamics Challenge" will be released in August, 2017. This will define what teams will be trying to build, program, research, present, and solve.
+The qualifying tournament is expected to be in December at a local school. We will know more about that later in the Fall 2017 semester. Qualified teams may advance to the next round in January/February/March, 2018.
Coaches are needed! If you coached last year and would like to coach again, please let us know. If you have not coached and would like to, you are welcome to apply. Please contact Miss McGreal or Mr. Fenoglio.
NEWS FLASH FROM THE ROBOCATS
Here's a link to a short video about the upcoming 2017-1018 season: News Flash May 2017
FLL and EV3 LINKS:
EV3 Education Programming Software Download
EV3 Programming Tutorials
FLL Main Site
FLL Mission Model Building Instructions (Field Set) ... old one as an example ... new one to be released on August 29.
Field Set Up Guide ... old one as an example ... new one to be released on August 29.
Roboplex (Robotics teams helping robotics team)
Robot Building Instructions (basic robot)
TAPPS Robotics Site (2016)
UNIVERSITY/ACADEMIC ROBOTICS WEBSITES:
CoRIS Institute - Oregon State University Collaborative Robotics and Intelligent Systems Institute
CRASAR - Texas A&M University Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue
M.I.T. Robotics - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
NASA List of Universities with Robotics Programs
Robotics - University of Michigan College of Engineering
Robotics at UT Austin - University of Texas at Austin
Stanford Robitcs Lab - Artificial Intelligence Lab, Stanford University
TREC - Virginia Tech University Terrestrial Robotics Engineering and Controls Lab
SAINT ANDREW CATHOLIC SCHOOL ROBOTICS TEAM
2016-2017 SEASON ... "In Review"
The Saint Andrew Catholic School Robotics Team (the "RoboCats") began its third FIRST LEGO LEAGUE season in August 2016. Six FLL teams were formed, including 47 boys and girls from grades four through seven.
Tremendous thanks to our coaches who have donated their time and talent to the kids:
Team 1102 - Shawn Ritchey
Team 1103 - John Murphy
Team 1104 - Shayla Sigler
Team 1105 - Matthew Sutton
Team 1106 - Olivia/Erick Miranda and Saul Garcia
Team 1107 - Stephanie Sanchez
THE FIRST LEGO LEAGUE CHALLENGE 2016-2017
The FIRST LEGO LEAGUE "Global Challenge" was released on August 30, 2016. This defined what teams needed to build, program, research, present, and solve. The theme was "Animal Allies".
TAPPS ROBOTICS EXPO - 21 OCTOBER 2016 !!
TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, normally involved only with high school academics and sports) held a robotics expo on Friday, October 21 in Waco. This was a wonderful "tune-up" for the December FLL tournament. TAPPS organizers, their volunteers, our RoboCats and coaches did a wonderful job! Click here for photos from the event.
Many thanks to the following for underwriting our team registration fees:
+Laura and David Hartmann
+Frank W. Neal and Assoc., Inc. Fort Worth, Texas
FIRST LEGO LEAGUE TOURNAMENT SUCCESS!! - 17 DECEMBER 2016
The FLL qualifying tournament was held on Saturday, December 17, at Nolan Catholic High School. This was a full-day, beginning at 8:00 am and finishing at 4:30 pm. Click here for photos of the event.
It was a great day for Saint Andrew Catholic School robotics! Students represented themselves, their parents, their coaches, their school, their faith and their Savior well!! Team 1103 (Mr. Murphy) won "Best Project Presentation" as they researched and developed a device to help birds avoid being caught by cats. They also earned a spot for the second chance qualifier.
Congratulations to all the RoboCats and their coaches. Every team accomplished a lot this season ... team-building, problem-solving, independent thinking, thinking together, praying together, and just plain having fun. Go RoboCats!