2017-18 Sciborg Schedule:
Important note: in addition to the dates here, there will be regular meetings on Tuesdays at 6pm. Furthermore, we will add additional meetings or activity dates, such as fundraising ones, based on need or opportunity as time goes on. So while this is a useful overview of important events, more than just these events goes on.
Late August through September: very little action besides outreach at the Palouse Empire Fair to allow students to re-adjust to school and to fundraise.
October: Haunted Palouse. This is our main fundraiser where we construct a haunted house for the Haunted Palouse event. It involves heading over on weekends to Palouse to build scares, volunteering on the nights of Haunted Palouse to man our house, and lots of wood framing/plastic stapling. This is a good opportunity to get acquainted with basic hand-tools, the team, and to have some fun.
Important Dates: Working weekends: 9/30 & 10/1; 10/7&8; 10/14&15
Performance weekends: 10/20&21; 10/27&28
November: The principal event during November is Robot Rewind. Here, we participate in an unofficial, one-day competition using last season’s game. This is very highly recommended as it is an opportunity for new students to see what the defining element of FIRST Robotics is like (though you should remember it’s still an unofficial event, and thus not completely accurate), and maybe even participate in a match or two.
Important Dates: Robot Rewind 11/11 – West Valley High School, Spokane Valley
Late November through December: This time is where we do all our last-second preparations for the upcoming season, such as tearing apart robots we no longer need, discussing our potential strategy, and training. In addition, we will have a safety orientation sometime so that students can use the tools and do a mock kick-off. This Saturday event is highly recommended as it allows students to get used to the format/process of what is our most important meeting yearly meeting. At the mock kick-off we intricately discuss and decide on our strategy and robot design after receiving data on a past FRC game.
Important Dates: Mock Kick-off – 12/9 – Colfax Public Service Building
2018 Kick-off date: Saturday, January 6 and 7, 2018
January to mid-February: Starting off with our kick-off meetings on the 6th and 7th, the build season begins. After these all-day strategy meetings, we proceed to prototype cardboard and wooden robot designs. We build better and better prototypes until we get to our last design. We program what we want the robot to do, build the final design, wire it, and test it. During this period of time we meet most days. This is the most intense part of our season.
Important dates: Bag and Tag Day (when build season stops and we have to bag the robot): Tuesday, February 20th, 2018, 11:59 eastern time (or 9pm here)
Mid-February through April: Competition season. This is the time period where we build a second robot for game practice, fine tune our programming and robot using limited amount out-of-bag time, throw together last minute fixes or modifications, and compete at PNW district events. This year we will attend our two district competitions, and depending on how we do, we will move on to compete at the PNW District Championships, followed by the FIRST Worlds Championships.
|Guaranteed district events||Whether we go or not will depend on how well we do|
|PNW District Sundome event
Date: Mar 15-17 2018
SunDome, State Fair Park
1301 S. Fair Avenue
Yakima, WA 98901 USA
|Pacific Northwest District Championship
Date: Apr 4-7 2018
Veterans Memorial Stadium
300 N Winning Way
Portland, OR 97227 USA
|PNW District West Valley event
Date: Mar 22-24 2018
West Valley High School
8301 E. Buckeye Avenue
Spokane, WA 99212 USA
|FIRST Championship – Houston (Worlds)
Apr 18-21 2018
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Houston, TX 77010 USA
May through the summer: During this period, we are done with our competition season and so shift to outreach programs, such as putting on robotics camps, showing the robot at fairs, talking to various groups to promote STEM, and working to acquire funding for next season.