Team3309, Friarbots took a break from the busy FRC season to compete in one more VEX competition. They travelled to Banning High School to join other teams at the Back to Basics Competition. They performed very well and made it to the playoffs. At that point, with their alliance partners, they won every match and finished in 1st place as the Champions.
Team 3309 alum Katie Hughes is starting a new club at Illinois Tech called Camp Kesem. Camp Kesem is a free week-long camp for children whose parents have cancer. They are in a voting competition to win $40,000 if they are voted into the Top 4 by tonight! Vote for the Illinois Institute of Technology at vote.campkesem.org and share with friends for a bonus vote! ... See MoreSee Less
Friarbots Team 3309 added 22 new photos from January 9.
Finally, Stronghold has arrived! The 2016 FIRST Robotics season has begun. The Friarbots assembled the full team for early morning pancakes while our diehard field construction crew put the last touches on the new spectacular field at Cornelia Connelly High School. After watching the kickoff announcement and video several times, the team became silent to focus on reading the complex rules of the game. Then everyone went to check out the precision built field and participate with other teams in "stubotics" (students acting like robots). The rest of the day was spent digesting the rules and points schemes then briefing the rest of the team. The students performed very well and mentors were impressed at how many students stepped up to make the presentations. The day resulted in a very comprehensive list of requirements that will lead us to many Stronghold victories. Well done Friarbots. ... See MoreSee Less
Tom Mulvihill from AirGas visited our robotics facility and provided instructions on using our Dynasty 200 TIG welder. Tom was a wealth of knowledge and did a fantastic job of providing basic knowledge and also shared his own personal preferences to help us use all the capabilities of our welder. He also shared his robotic arm welder which you can see on the YouTube channel: weldairgas. Thanks to Tom for taking his time to help our team. Thanks also to Mike Mason for introducing Tom. We are looking forward to using this new technology on the Stronghold season robot. ... See MoreSee Less
Well, the Friarbots Vex teams ended the year with a bang at the Chadwick competition. Both teams excelled in qualifications finishing 1st and 5th. They ended up on the 1st and 2nd alliances in the playoffs. Team A's alliance partners had some problems and were just edged out in the quarterfinals. Team B's alliance swept all matches and won the competition. Team A won both Robot and Programming Skills awards by dazzling the competition with State Championship worthy scores. If that was not enough, Team B also took the coveted Excellence award. This is a testament to all the hard work invested in the past weeks upgrading and tuning their robots. Congratulations to both teams! ... See MoreSee Less
We had a special visitor at robohouse today. Lucas Araki, from Raytheon came to present a grant check to the Friarbots. We had time to take a group photo to capture the event and also gave Lucas a tour of the facility. Thank you to Lucas and Raytheon for supporting our team. ... See MoreSee Less
The team met today for our mock kickoff event where we practiced the FRC kickoff day by using the 2006 season game, Aim High. After watching the animation video and thoroughly reading through the rules, the students organized into teams to evaluate and prioritize strategies as we would in the forthcoming Stronghold season. The students even took time to play a round of human robot on the practice field with makeshift targets. The mock kickoff was very successful and we were able improve on our plans for the January 9th kickoff. All the students were engaged and presented their materials well. ... See MoreSee Less
Both Friarbots Vex teams were at it again on December 12 at Chaminade High school for the Chaminade Showdown. The teams performed well, qualified 3rd and 9th place and made it to the playoffs. Team A ran into problems and finised the day in the quarterfinals. Team B managed to fight there way to the finals match where they lost a tough three round battle. Congratulations for making the Friarbots one of the most competitive teams in SoCal. ... See MoreSee Less
VEX, Clash in the Desert update. Both Friarbot teams made it to the semifinals and unfortunately met head to head. Team A was edged out and Team B went on to win the competition. Another strong showing by both teams. Congratulations! ... See MoreSee Less