Updated: May 28, 2018
Roaring Robotics is active year-round.
At the beginning of the school year (mid-August), the team often does some recruiting and outreach activities transitioning into training activities prior to the first build season.
The first build season starts towards the end of October and last six weeks in preparation for the Flapjack Challenge, a downsized warm-up competition hosted by Winnovation, Team 1625, out of Winnebago. The Flapjack Challenge typically occurs on the first Saturday of December. After the competion, the team takes a break for the holidays until...
The main build season typically starts on the first Saturday in January with the official FIRST Robotics Challenge Kick-Off for the season. At this point, students have about 6-1/2 weeks to design, build, program, and (hopefully) test a robot for the official season competitions.
Roaring Robotics typically participates in two competitions; one in Peoria, Ill. in mid-March; and the other in Chicago, Ill. usually during Batavia School District’s spring break at the end of March or early April. However, as we’re not assured of being able to attend specific competitions, the competitions we attend may end up at different times and locations. After the competition season ends, the team typically takes a breather with perhaps some outreach activities but few, if any, meetings.
After school has let out, the team typically focuses on gearing up for an off-season competition (Rock River Off-Season Competition - R2OC) held in Rockford, Illinois at the end of June. During this time, the team will typically do some training activities in addition to build activities. The team may also do some recruiting and outreach activities. After the R2OC, the team usually takes another breather with some recruiting activities to gear up for the next season.
Of course, the team may factor in some activities to enhance student social skills. Laser tag comes to mind.