Archive for Month: October 2015

October 30, 2015

Happy Halloween Eve!

Costumes today were wonderful, ranging from dreaded homework assignments to Captain America. It’s awesome to see that the team shows so much spirit, we hope that this enthusiasm carries over into our current work on curriculum and the pep robot.

On another note, our hardware lead -Kevin- has stepped down from his position. Current leadership elections have started, and the club is working to condense the lengthy three-week process. At this rate, hardware candidates will be announced next Wednesday and the club-wide vote will occur on the 18th of November, the Wednesday after.  

On November 12th at 5:00pm we will have a team meeting with mentors. Before then, the club will continue to prepare diligently for build season. For now, have a spooky Halloween Eve.

October 26, 2015

Curriculum, Fundraising, and Housekeeping…

Introductory curriculum meetings have concluded. It is our hope that they inspired incoming students to take part in any of our departments. Interested members are now participating in general design, software, and hardware curriculum. The schedule for after school sessions is as follows (anyone is welcome to come in anytime):

  • Monday: Design Curriculum
  • Tuesday: Leadership Meeting
  • Wednesday: Design, Software, and Hardware Curriculum
  • Thursday: Hardware Curriculum
  • Friday: Software Curriculum

This week, members will prepare for our fundraising kickoff and organize team projects. Current activity includes the development of a new tool organization system in the Rapid Prototyping Lab and a recently upgraded website. While it is great that so much is being completed, we still have a ways to go. Keep your eyes and ears open for upcoming mentor meetings, parent meetings, and project updates.

September 27, 2015

And so it begins!

This past Wednesday the club had an introductory meeting where we informed interested students about club activities and membership. Of course, we provided ice cream and judged a straw tower challenge which was heaps of fun. We are extremely excited to see such a large turnout, and hope that everyone will all return to room 217 for this week’s meeting on Wednesday at 2:35 for an introduction to software and hardware.

September 21, 2015

Awh yeah

New tools, new members, and a new software lead! As the team creates shadow boards for the new equipment we also prepare for the new member introduction meeting this Wednesday at 12:30. There will be ice cream, so be there!

Congrats to Fiona Shaffer, who will be taking Dylan LaMarca’s position as the Iron Riders Software Lead for the remainder of the year. Good luck to Dylan, we are so sad that you moved to Hale. :’(

September 16, 2015

Back in action

“After the long break the Iron Riders are back in action. #winning” -Christa Tebbs

School is finally starting! The likely end of the Seattle Public Schools teacher strike has the club is back in room 217 preparing curriculum and projects for the arrival of new members. This week we plan on designing club posters, organizing club resources, and starting small projects -such as the construction of a new driver station. Be ready for emails pertaining to a club retreat and updates about pre-season preparations.

Thank you.

September 1, 2015

Summer Meetings!

Tomorrow, Thursday, and Friday the team will be in Mr. Ruff’s Rapid Prototyping lab in order to prep the club for the beginning of the school year. Meetings start at 10 and end around 12:30. Please try to attend!

August 25, 2015

The end of summer is approaching.

Discussing team goals, projects, and outreach in Mr. Ruff’s classroom yesterday helped hash out club priorities for the approaching school year. The meeting was filled with discussion, but also included a team picture in the supply closet and prep for the STEM Expo later that night.

The Expo went smoothly thanks to all of those who attended: Aaron, Jake, Simon, and Marli. The robot remains as functional (and dysfunctional) as ever; though its transportation to Magnuson has reminded us that it is too precious to be conveniently carried through any door. Much thanks to Ryan and Jake for driving it to and from the event.

There will be club meetings from 10am until 12:30pm on Thursday and Friday of this week. Work sessions are also planned for Monday-Friday of next week.

Stay posted for details. (-;

July 11, 2015

It’s summertime, yet we remain productive.

The team has been conducting meetings on Wednesdays and Saturdays since the 23rd of June. Meeting at Wayward Coffeehouse or outside of Roosevelt, we have begun to outline next year’s robotics curriculum, club camping trip, and new member recruitment.

Last Saturday the team participated in PCC Market’s Milk Carton Derby, winning our race. The week prior to the race the team had extra meetings in order to complete the trimaran-like raft used in the competition.

Much thanks to Aaron for managing and hosting the project, as well as Jake and Simon for paddling!


June 9, 2015

Team Efforts Well Spent

This past weekend our team participated in the 2015 Seattle
 Greenlake Relay for Life! We raised $2,030 for cancer research and won the event kickball tournament, human foosball game, and “most spirited team” award. Much thanks to John Luetke and Lily Newman for being event chaperones and to all who helped provide food and camping equipment

May 29, 2015

We've had so may field trips!

In the span of one day (5/27) our club managed to represent FIRST Robotics at both Eckstein Middle School and the International Conference on Robotics and Automation. In Ms. Metter’s Computer Science class, our members taught students how to make their own programs with the javascript processing language. At the conference, we explored the applications of robotics in future careers and encouraged others to invest in FIRST.

Furthermore, We are also proud to announce that we are taking the steps to officially set up a Booster Account through Washington FIRST Robotics, therefore establishing FIRST as our fiscal agent and obtaining a 501 (c)(3) for grant funding.

Next Tuesday (6/2) the team will be participating in a Student Welcome Night at Roosevelt High School from 6:30-8:30. Next Wednesday morning (6/3) we are also helping the Roosevelt Associated Student Body during the R.A.K. (Random Acts of Kindness) spirit week festivities.

June 6th, the date of our relay for life event continues to approach: anyone who wishes to join the team or donate may do so at the following link: