It's been a long time coming and we've invested a lot to make it happen. We've finally started our Engineering class at Servite! We chose the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Introduction to Engineering Design to begin Servite's journey in developing a STEM program seeded by our successes in the Friarbots Robotics program. We have a talented new teacher in Wayne Dinunzio leading the effort. The class is sparking excitement from the students as they have already been building designs and testing them in class. Everyone is having fun while learning about the Engineering design process. Thank you to everyone who helped us get to this point. Photo is of Wayne teaching the very first day of Servite's Introduction to Engineering Design class. ... See MoreSee Less
Last week, Team 3309 hosted 6 other teams in the Boeing Demo in Long Beach, CA. They impressed the Boeing Engineering audience with their robot skills and engaging discussions. After the demo, they were all treated with a presentation on Boeing's next century from a representative of the Boeing Advance Design team. Then they hustled and loaded the trailer in record time. Thanks to all who participated! ... See MoreSee Less
Friarbots Team 3309 added 39 new photos from August 3.
The Friarbots hosting the Boeing Demo in Seal Beach. We had five teams demonstrating FRC and FTC robots. There were lots of visitors and the students did a great job engaging them in conversations about FIRST and how robotics has influenced their lives. Afterwards, the teams were treated to a tour of the Boeing Operations Center that field airline calls 24/7 from all over the world. Then they took a short walk over to the "Bone Yard" were Boeing has a 737 aircraft in pieces that they were able to walk through and learn about how airplanes are built and what they look like inside. Great job Friarbots and thanks for making the event very successful! ... See MoreSee Less
This week we hosted the Rosary and Connelly VEX teams to a VEX kickoff event. Everyone was able to experience the benefits of the design process we've used to become a successful team. Everyone worked together to establish a strong understanding of the Into the Zone game rules and identify key requirements for their robots. We also welcomed back Dave Brzowski from a challenging and successful training class. Congratulations, Dave! This week, our eagerly awaited new trophy case, that Jon is making as his Eagle Scout project, was stained and is awaiting glass. The sparks were flying as Mr. Mason introduced a new tool to the team, a stud welder. The students donned the safety equipment and all experienced the excitement of welding a threaded stud to a piece of sheet metal. On Saturday, after enjoying a bit of the IRI competition, the team swarmed robodome to clean and organize a bit. The VEX field was moved to accommodate setting up the FRC field to help ready for demos. We also re-organized and hung all the banners to show off our spectacular accomplishments. ... See MoreSee Less
The Friarbots have been eager to get started on the VEX In the Zone game. They put together a great kickoff plan and made great headway today. Each student had a chance to present their findings to the group and they discovered some interesting opportunities. Kickoff will continue Saturday morning at 10am with requirements development. What a great start to the VEX season, well done Friarbots! ... See MoreSee Less
In light of finals week, the robotics students have been busy studying. Dave Brzowski has taken this opportunity to help organize the shop a bit. Check out these new custom storage racks. We are so blessed to have his support. Thank you Dave! ... See MoreSee Less