2016 Build Season Calendar Dates

Calendar Updates

The Calendar has been updated with the Build Season meetings. They are as follows for a handy one stop post to see when everything is planned at the moment.

Date Start Time End Time Hrs
1 Saturday January 9 9:00 AM 4:00PM Kick Off Game Plan 7
2 Monday January 11 6:00 PM 8:00PM Brain Storming Session 2
3 Tuesday January 12 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Build Session 3
4 Thursday January 14 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Build Session 3
5 Saturday January 16 8:00 AM 2:00PM Build Session 6
6 Tuesday January 19 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Build Session 3
7 Thursday January 21 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Build Session 3
8 Saturday January 23 8:00 AM 2:00PM Build Session 6
9 Tuesday January 26 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Build Session 3
10 Thursday January 28 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Build Session 3
11 Saturday January 30 8:00 AM 2:00PM Build Session 6
12 Tuesday February 2 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Build Session 3
13 Thursday February 4 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Build Session 3
14 Saturday February 6 8:00 AM 2:00PM Build Session 6
15 Tuesday February 9 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Build Session 3
16 Thursday February 11 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Build Session 3
17 Saturday February 13 8:00 AM 2:00PM Build Session 6
18 Tuesday February 16 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Build Session 3
19 Thursday February 18 5:30 PM 8:30 PM Build Session 3
20 Saturday February 20 8:00 AM 4:00PM Build Session 8
21 Sunday February 21* 1:30PM 6:30 PM Build Session 5
22 Monday February 22* 5:30 PM ??????? Build Session
Tuesday February 23 5:30 PM ??????? STOP BUILD BAG ROBOT
* if needed
March 9-12 Chaifetz Center Saint Louis Regional
April 21-23 ??? St. Louis Championships

Important Information:

If school is cancelled for any reason on a scheduled work day, the make-up day for that will be theimmediate following WEDNESDAY. If school is released early on a work day due to inclement weather, the work session for that day is CANCELLED.  If school is cancelled on Friday due to snow, WE WILL MEET ON SATURDAY unless you get an email from me saying the parking lot is inaccessible, or the weather is just too bad.  The school district needs to be able to clear the parking areas so we will need to work around this situation.

Lunch and snacks will be provided on Saturday work sessions.

We will stay on this schedule for the entire month of January.  Work times may be extended or added in February depending on the progress of the robotQuestions?  Contact Mark Krueger @ 314.306.7147 or by email: mdkrueger@kpivideo.com.

Kick-Off Information

Event MO-St. Louis-Clayton High School Kickoff
Event Subtype Local Kickoff
When 09-Jan-2016
08:15 AM – 11:30 PM
Where Clayton High School
1 Mark Twain Circle
St. Louis, MO  63105
Program Registration https://my.usfirst.org/frc/tims/
Registration Information The Clayton High School Auditorium has limited seating capacity and it may not be able to hold additional guests brought beyond the 15 team member limit. Additional members/guests are welcome to attend, to accommodate these guest we have reserved Clayton High School?s Commons Area. Those additional team members will be able to view the Kickoff presentation from this area.
Event Website (Not available)
For more information paul.freiling@slsc.org

November 3rd Meeting

Calendar Updates

Welcome back from Fall Break. We meet just two times before the build season begins in January. There are a few things that need to be taken care of in November.

  • Dues must be paid by second meeting in November (Nov 17)
    • Dues are $30.00
  • Fundraiser decision buyout ($50) or participation must be made by each student by first meeting in November (Nov 3)
    • Buyout is $50.00
    • Participation requires selling 5 items @ $15.00 each. We are selling insulated travel mugs with our team logo on them. Items will be delivered to students to sell at our second meeting (Nov 17). Students will be required to submit $75.00 from the sale of these items at our first meeting in January.

We need to turn in a roster to the school district in December. In order to be included in the roster, both of the items above need to be completed by the student. Make checks payable to: FHSD. Cash will also be accepted. Payment is to be made to the club treasurer. A receipt will be given to the student. Please keep the receipt for your records of payment. IF YOU PLAN ON BEING A MEMBER OF THIS TEAM YOU NEED TO ATTEND THE NOVEMBER MEETINGS.

We had a good time and it was a good experience for our new team members at the Gateway Classic Competition at Hazelwood Central HS this past weekend. Special thanks to one of our team mentors, Mr. Tom Brandt for all his work in putting this event on!

Hope to see you all on the 3rd!

Gateway Robotics Challenge

rushThe Gateway Robotics Challenge is this Saturday at Hazelwood Central High School! This event is for all team members to get a chance to see what a real FRC tournament is like. We recommend students arrive before opening ceremonies at 9:30. Everyone please wear your Raven Robotics T-Shirts at this event, if you do not have one please pick one up at the meeting on Thursday when we pack up the trailer. All information about the event is available at gatewayroboticschallenge.com. Everyone who is going to be at this event, please be at the meeting Thursday from 6-7 to pack up for the event and finalize the pit crew and scout team schedule.

We still have spots open for pit crew and scout team that we need filled. Pit crew will work on the robot in between matches and scout team will scout out our competition on the playing field. The tentative schedule is available here. If you would like to be added to the schedule or cannot fill a slot you are listed for, please email 1288scouts@gmail.com. We would like to give as many students as possible the opportunity to work as these events. Please understand that these jobs are not the only thing to do at the event, this is our team’s tournament, be there to cheer our team on to win!

Google+ Hangout Brainstorm Session


Thursday night we will have a Google+ Hangout to brainstorm ideas for our fundraising, outreach, and new student training. All students and mentors are invited to join in. If you would like to participate email 1288scouts@gmail.com with your availability that night. The tentative time for the Hangout is 6:00-7:00. If you would like to contribute but cannot join the Hangout, please email with any ideas you would like to add.

If you are not familiar with Google+ Hangouts, it is a feature of Google’s social networking site, similar to Skype, that allows many people to video or voice call and chat at the same time. All you need is a Google account, a microphone, and your ideas you would like to contribute.

2015 Parent Information and Off-Season Meeting Dates

Calendar Updates

Our first Off-Season and parent information meeting is this coming Tuesday August 25th. This meeting has a late start of 6:30 pm to allow parents time to attend. The meeting will last approximately 2 hours.

In addition we’ve updated the calendar here with all of this off-season’s planned meetings, and posted them at then end of this post. Copies will also be available at our meeting on Tuesday.  Continue reading 2015 Parent Information and Off-Season Meeting Dates

Pre-Freshman Orientation Meeting


Freshman orientation is this Thursday. We will have a meeting tomorrow at 6:00 PM in Francis Howell Central to plan our orientation to Freshman. Please attend if at all possible. The meeting should last no later than 8:00 pm. We will need students to man orientation tables at all three high schools.

Last Meeting of the School Year

Calendar Updates

We will meet tomorrow (Tuesday) at 5:30 to approximately 7:30 pm. We will be unloading the trailer and putting everything away in the closet.

We will also be electing officers for next year. If you have an interest in being elected to one of our officer positions, be prepared to make a brief statement to the team stating why you want this position. Our current officers will be conducting this election.

Continue reading Last Meeting of the School Year

Kansas City Notes


We think we can say for all who went to KC we had a great time! Our robot finished with a ranking of 29 in a field of 54. We learned a lot and made many adjustments which should poise us well for STL this weekend.

This game is quite different from those of the past where an alliance member could play a role as "defense". There are no "defensive" strategies in this game other than, per se, to not participate in the cooperation points. Some teams almost consistently put 3 stacks of 6 crates, and the can with a noodle on the scoring platform for 42 points per stack for a total of 126 points. So there was no stopping them with any kind of defense!

We want to thank all who made this trip a success for the kids; in particular, Julie, Charlene, and Rick. They organized the food, hotel accommodations and made sure the details were all covered. THANK YOU !!!!

And thanks to all the parents who helped with transportation and other things we may have overlooking in the chaos.

Stay tuned. We will be sending out more information regarding STL on Monday or Tuesday via email and here on ravenrobotics.org.

Bag It and Tag It


This is it! Bag and Tag night! We made great progress and with a little tweaking we should be ready to bag it at a reasonable hour. Parents plan on picking up at 8:30pm. If we need to work longer those that can stay can finish the work.

Kansas City is March 12-14. We will be taking a short break before we continue working on Robot #2. This is the first year we are building two robots. It appears that good progress is being made on robot #2, but traditionally all of us needed a break from the schedule we worked since the first weekend in January. So we have put this build schedule together for completion of the second robot:

We will start our Tuesday-Thursday work schedule (5:30pm-8:30pm) beginning Feb 24th, and continue that for two weeks (through March 5th). We will work two Saturdays Feb 28th and March 7th. Those hours will be 8:00am to noon. There will be no lunch served. That will give us 20 additional hours to work on this robot.

Many of us have plans and commitments that only allowed for our traditional schedule. Completion of the second robot will be made by those who have the time available. At least Mark or Rick will be at each of these work sessions. We will need to discuss building a second robot next season as we see how this works out.

All students should attend the work session on Feb 24th. Besides working on the robot, we will be cleaning and organizing our store room and tools. Drive Team members should attend all additional meetings for practicing of driving the robot.

There will be a mandatory parent and student meeting for all going to KC on our meeting date of Tuesday, March 3rd. Final discussion regarding this trip will be the topic.

We want to thank everyone who has worked so hard in many different areas this build session.