Event Recaps

Local FRC Teams Visit Stevenson for Design Feedback

1000 750 Topher Mueller

On Saturday January 14th, the following teams visited Stevenson School: Monterey High School, Pacific Grove High School, Santa Catalina, and York. The purpose of the meeting was for teams to present their ideas for both game strategy and robot design, so that other teams can be inspired and offer any critical feedback for the teams. The teams enjoyed meeting each other and being given the opportunity to network, and the coaches offered more ideas to keep the momentum of a regional presence of FRC in the Monterey Bay area. We’re excited that so many teams could join, along with their coaches and mentors, and hope that we can offer more meetups and workshops in the near future. Thanks everyone for coming!

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Cypress Circuits Kicks Off Build Season in San Jose

1000 665 Stevie Hoesel

At 5:30 AM, the team leads of the Cypress Circuits set off from the Stevenson Pebble Beach campus to go to San Jose State University, where the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Season Kickoff took place. Among an auditorium filled with future leaders in the STEM field, the Cypress Circuits team watched the release video for the upcoming FRC season, FIRST SteamWorks. After the release video, students left the auditorium feeling excited about the many possibilities for design and building for the approaching season. The Cypress Circuits team walked to another section of San Jose State University to pick up Kit of Parts for the season. On the drive back to Stevenson, the team leads read through the 126-page FRC game manual, sharing their ideas and strategies. Later that day, the team met up with other teams in the Monterey Bay to brainstorm the initial designs of our robots (pictured). We…

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Carmel Campus Robotics Holiday Party

1000 665 Stevie Hoesel

Last night, the Stevenson Robotics Team gathered for a holiday party at the Stevenson School Carmel Campus. Middle school students spent some time working on finishing up their robots that they had been building since September. Students used LEGO Mindstorm software to program their robots for competition. Student led groups placed their robots in the battling arena and began friendly competitions. While the middle school students loved seeing their robots compete against others, they also learned which modifications were necessary to make the strongest robot. The competition paused for a potluck and a speech from Mr. Mueller, the head of the burgeoning Robotics Program at both Stevenson campuses. He gave thanks to all the parents at the party for their generosity and encouraged parents to support the program in any way they could. As the competitions resumed, students cheered for their respective bots, and the elementary school kids arrived to…

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