Summer Update

Today we mounted motors to the robot chassis for our totebot. Furthermore, we helped Momentum Robotics with public relations and setting up social media. Follow them on intstagram @momentumrobotics and on Facebook, with Twitter coming soon. Also, if you are feeling generous and want a way to support local students and get access to a large advertising platform for your business, head on over to our sponsorship page or contact us!

Today we mounted motors to the robot chassis for our totebot. Furthermore, we helped Momentum Robotics with public relations and setting up social media. Follow them on intstagram @momentumrobotics and on Facebook, with Twitter coming soon. Also, if you are feeling generous and want a way to support local students and get access to a large advertising platform for your business, head on over to our sponsorship page or contact...

Open Positions

Attention all members looking to get more involved in the team: we still have two positions open! If you are interested in either of these, please contact CEO Jordan Murray at jmurray1080@gmail.com.

Business Director
– Generate business plan
– Generate flyers and other promotional media to promote the team
– Awards submissions

Community Outreach Director
– Organizes external activities such as demos, school visitations, community presentations
– Establishes relationships with new sponsors and promotes team
– OCRA Representative

Attention all members looking to get more involved in the team: we still have two positions open! If you are interested in either of these, please contact CEO Jordan Murray at jmurray1080@gmail.com. Business Director – Generate business plan – Generate flyers and other promotional media to promote the team – Awards submissions Community Outreach Director – Organizes external activities such as demos, school visitations, community presentations – Establishes relationships with new sponsors and promotes team – OCRA...

Summer Update and Positions

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean we aren’t active! From bonfire’s to meetings, robotics knows no vacation. Make sure that you have been added to the email or texting list so you don’t miss out on summer training and activities. You can sign up for reminders from Remind here.

 

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean we aren’t active! From bonfire’s to meetings, robotics knows no vacation. Make sure that you have been added to the email or texting list so you don’t miss out on summer training and activities. You can sign up for reminders from Remind here....

Ventura Regional 2015

This previous weekend Viking Robotics made an appearance at the Ventura Regional. We finished qualifications in 35th place out of 41 teams, and unfortunately were not invited to join any alliances for quarterfinals. In the previous regional we experienced problems with obtaining totes from the chute, so we built two separate ramps in hopes of resolving this issue. One of the ramps was constructed of aluminum and tied to our robot with a rope; while the other boasted two “butterfly wings” that were directly attached to the ‘bot, and utilized motors to guide the totes in a perfect position for stacking. After testing both modules in several of the matches, we decided to discard both and rely on keeping a tote at the bottom of the stack to help with alignment. We also added another component to the side of our robot that could lift recycling bins. This addition greatly helped with autonomous mode and allowed the drivers to cap off our stacks.

Although our performance at this regional was not the greatest, Viking Robotics is proud of our overall season and how much we have improved. From our original designs to the final product, our robot has stayed true to its initial purpose. We cherish and applaud the members who have worked towards their potential and surpassed expectations to try and accomplish this ambitious design. The knowledge gained by undergoing rigorous training and working long, exhausting hours to contribute to the robot is invaluable and will stay with our teammates as they pursue other aspects of life. As mentioned in the follow-up meeting held on Wednesday, there were many positive aspects of this season and many improvements for next year.

Teammates: Please, if you haven’t already, fill out the form provided by Mr. Zook through email and on the Facebook page. Feel free to express ideas for areas of improvement, as well as things you enjoyed about this past season. Good job this season! Hope to see you all at the follow up meetings. :)

Parents and Mentors: THANK YOU!!! Each and every student appreciates your flexibility and constant support; without you, we wouldn’t function as a team. Thank you for allowing us to stay at school extra late, and for sacrificing your free time (and oftentimes sleep) to help us pursue our passion. We love you!!!

Left Shark: We love you as well. Never forget that.

This previous weekend Viking Robotics made an appearance at the Ventura Regional. We finished qualifications in 35th place out of 41 teams, and unfortunately were not invited to join any alliances for quarterfinals. In the previous regional we experienced problems with obtaining totes from the chute, so we built two separate ramps in hopes of resolving this issue. One of the ramps was constructed of aluminum and tied to our robot with a rope; while the other boasted two “butterfly wings” that were directly attached to the ‘bot, and utilized motors to guide the totes in a perfect position for stacking. After testing both modules in several of the matches, we decided to discard both and rely on keeping a tote at the bottom of the stack to help with alignment. We also added another component to the side of our robot that could lift recycling bins. This addition greatly helped with autonomous mode and allowed the drivers to cap off our stacks. Although our performance at this regional was not the greatest, Viking Robotics is proud of our overall season and how much we have improved. From our original designs to the final product, our robot has stayed true to its initial purpose. We cherish and applaud the members who have worked towards their potential and surpassed expectations to try and accomplish this ambitious design. The knowledge gained by undergoing rigorous training and working long, exhausting hours to contribute to the robot is invaluable and will stay with our teammates as they pursue other aspects of life. As mentioned in the follow-up meeting held on Wednesday, there were many...

LA Regional 2015

Congratulations and good job to each team that competed at the LA Regional! It was great seeing the diversity of robots and having a chance to interact with other members from different teams.  During the regional we experienced some difficulties at the beginning of qualifications, but quickly worked to resolve them and managed to earn a ranking of 11th place out of 66. This is a new record! Seeing our robot perform was exciting as well as invigorating. It felt truly amazing to see our hard work come to life on the field. Moving onto quarterfinals, Viking Robotics was invited by teams 3328, NohoRobo, and 3309, Friarbots, to compete in their alliance. Although we did not have a chance to move onto semifinals, we are proud of everyone’s performance and grateful for the opportunity to work alongside them. This past weekend has helped us understand improvements that could be made to our robot and different ways in which we can approach situations that occur during matches. We would like to thank the parents who donated lunch for everybody and made us all a little happier. Another thanks to everyone who gave teammates a ride to the competition. Without your flexibility and generosity we wouldn’t have had such a great experience. Hope to see everyone at the Ventura Regional!

Congratulations and good job to each team that competed at the LA Regional! It was great seeing the diversity of robots and having a chance to interact with other members from different teams.  During the regional we experienced some difficulties at the beginning of qualifications, but quickly worked to resolve them and managed to earn a ranking of 11th place out of 66. This is a new record! Seeing our robot perform was exciting as well as invigorating. It felt truly amazing to see our hard work come to life on the field. Moving onto quarterfinals, Viking Robotics was invited by teams 3328, NohoRobo, and 3309, Friarbots, to compete in their alliance. Although we did not have a chance to move onto semifinals, we are proud of everyone’s performance and grateful for the opportunity to work alongside them. This past weekend has helped us understand improvements that could be made to our robot and different ways in which we can approach situations that occur during matches. We would like to thank the parents who donated lunch for everybody and made us all a little happier. Another thanks to everyone who gave teammates a ride to the competition. Without your flexibility and generosity we wouldn’t have had such a great experience. Hope to see everyone at the Ventura...

3/10/15 Pre Regional Meet Up

With the Los Angeles regional coming up, the team has been spending these last days preparing for competition and rehearsing driving through our practice bot. Not only have we been speaking of strategy, but we are constantly looking for ways to improve. Our practice bot has been essential to our refinement and has greatly helped the drivers better understand and get a feel for the drive system. The anticipation of seeing our hard work finally pay off is one of the main components keeping us excited for the regional (besides seeing all of cool robots of course). Good luck to all the teams competing and happy stacking!

With the Los Angeles regional coming up, the team has been spending these last days preparing for competition and rehearsing driving through our practice bot. Not only have we been speaking of strategy, but we are constantly looking for ways to improve. Our practice bot has been essential to our refinement and has greatly helped the drivers better understand and get a feel for the drive system. The anticipation of seeing our hard work finally pay off is one of the main components keeping us excited for the regional (besides seeing all of cool robots of course). Good luck to all the teams competing and happy...