Overview of the 2017-18 school year
Mandeville High School Robotics team 2992
Robotics team is a year round commitment and part of our commitment is to FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), under whom we are organized, through working with our community and spreading STEM throughout the whole year. Below are some of the highlights of our 2017-2018 season, which was stellar, going farther than any Louisiana team ever has at the World Competition. We could not have accomplished this without the support of Mandeville High School, our mentors, our generous sponsors (it costs a lot to build robots) and especially for the City of Mandeville for supporting us by giving us a great home to build our robots at the Public Works building! The use of this space allows us to remain competitive with teams whose annual budgets are double and triple ours!
Below are some highlights of our activities throughout the past year:
- June and July- Two sessions of our robotics summer camps. Campers took a week to build a robot that played our student designed, “Around The World” themed game. Two great weeks for campers and counselors alike! We had over 50 campers this year!
- August 16th, 2017- Our first meeting of the school year. We met many new members and ready to start the year. We had over 40 in attendance!
- August 31- We attended another Red Stick Rumble, an exciting off-season competition held in Baton Rouge.
- Football season – for the third year team members used their t-shirt cannon during the halftime of home games.
- Starting in September team members spent many hours mentoring MJH’s Dark Matter FTC team and Madisonville Junior High’s FLL team Rob McEagleton and Friends
- October 14 – team members volunteered at the New Orleans area FTC scrimmage
- December 20 – Students and parents hosted our very first winter day camp. Campers had a full day of games, contests, and science experiments with team members and NASA Education Specialists.
- January 6th- Official kick-off day for build season for all teams, US and international, we attended this event at Stennis. This marks the beginning of the 6 weeks given to build the robot used in competition.
- January 11th- Students and mentors travel to the Children’s Museum to make a presentation on robotics and promote STEM.
- January 20th – Students and mentors volunteered at the New Orleans Area FTC Qualifier at Academy of Our Lady, Marrero.
- February 20- This marked the end of our intense six week build season. Students are required to stop work on the robot and bag it up until competition time. The 2018 competition robot is named Bernoulli or Bernie for short (we always name our robot)
- March 10- The team travelled to Arkansas to compete in Rock City Regional and finished 6th place.
- March 24- We competed at the Bayou Regional in Kenner, Louisiana. We won the Creativity Award and finished 2nd. The team made it to finals, earning a ticket to World Championships in Houston!
- April 17- A small group of students went to Pontchartrain Elementary School for their Earth and Science Day to show off Artemis, our older basketball shooting robot.
- April 21- Elimination matches at Houston World Championships. Students, Mentors, and Parents had an amazing opportunity to meet and compete with Robotics teams around the world and finished 5th seeded in our division- the best any Louisiana team has ever done!
- May 22- Students compete in Festival De Robotique, an off-season competition held by the Louisiana senate in Baton Rouge. We won first place. Go team!
PES Earth and science day- now PES is starting 12 FLL jr. teams
Madisonville Library Maker Faire
Presentation to City Council
Demo at Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum Aquatics Robotics Summer Camp
Demo at PTA district workshop
CORE element STEM Fest at Saints Practice Facility
Demo at Slidell STEM day
Keep Mandeville Beautiful citywide cleanup
Feeding the Needy Basket pack