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2016

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This is the 2016 year.

Team picture of the Robo Lions in 2016

Officers

Mentors


Fall Activities

This was the year that the Attendance Clock was first implemented to log hours to go towards membership Robotics lettering. It was initiated by Scott Karlins (mentor of the team and father to Bryce Karlins), and then is managed by the Vice-President of Communications as well as the Secretary

VEX Robotics Competition

The game in the 2015-2016 season was Nothing but Net.

Robots at the Ridge

We had a blast at our Robots at the Ridge VEX competition on Saturday, November 21st, at Peachtree Ridge High School. We had one of our VEX teams make it to the quarter-finals, but sadly not any further. Of course, at the end of the day, the 2016 Robo Lion members had a blast, made new friends, and some of them can't wait to start year-long VEX! We would like to thank all teams that were in attendance, as well as all the volunteers who graciously supported us throughout the event. We congratulate our award winners:

  • Tournament Champion: Team Woodward (1900R) from Woodward Academy
  • Tournament Champion: Team GMA (1900W) from Woodward Academy
  • Tournament Champion: RoboDragons E (675E) from Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  • Excellence Award: Raider Robotics (3536M) from North Forsyth High School
  • Judges’ Award: RoboDragons E (675E) from Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

End of Season Video

Rebeca, our 2016 historian, made a video recap on all the activities this year's Robo Lions were involved in.

Curious to see all the fun? Watch it here

Fun Facts

Robot Rock Parody Video

Over Thanksgiving Break, some members of the team got together and made a video for FIRST's 2015 Song Parody Competition.

More info about the competition here

Watch Robot Rock here

Gwinnett Daily Post Interview

The team was interviewed by Gwinnett Daily Post on November 11.

View the full article here

Walton Collab 2k16

FIRST Robotics Competition

The 2016 FRC Game was FIRST Stronghold.

Brainstorm with Walton

Walton Love 2k16

On January 10, 2016, the Robo Lions invited Walton Robotics over to collaborate on game strategies. Here are some pictures of Walton spreading the love.

Robots

This year's robot is Khanquistador. View his reveal video here.

Field Team

The 2016 field team consisted of:

Districts

The Georgia district model was adopted first in 2016, and it allowed for Georgia FRC teams to compete in-state. The Robo Lions chose to compete in 3 of the 4 available competitive events in this year: Columbus, Albany, and Kennesaw.

Columbus

During the weekend of March 10-12, the team headed down to Columbus to compete in the week 2 Peachtree District Qualifier. Along with their alliance Captain 5332 and alliance partner 4240 , we were able to make it all the way to the semfinals!

Albany

The team won the tournament at the Albany District Event! Allied with teams 3329 and 5651 , we were able to rise out on top and set the record for the highest score in Georgia! The team also won the District Chairman’s Award, becoming the first team in Gwinnett County to ever win the award, giving us our second Blue Banner and automatically qualifying us for the Peachtree District State Championships. The Robo Lions were also awarded the UL Industrial Safety Award. In addition, two Robo Lions’ team members, Caroline Means and Mackenzie Glaser, were named Deans List Finalists.

Kennesaw

While it may have been Spring Break, the team topped the charts with a great win at the Kennesaw District Event, competing with a total of thirty-five other in-state teams. Having been selected by alliance captain 1746 OTTO Robotics from Cumming, Ga and working alongside alliance partner 5812 Drewbotics from Riverdale, Ga, the teams proved indestructible scoring a whopping 154 points in the final match! With the use of vision tracking that allowed for precise high goal shots and aggressive driving skills that dominated the field, the team also won the Excellence in Engineering award sponsored by Delphi.

Peachtree District State Championships

Having faced off against competitors of the 41 best teams throughout the state of Georgia, the team was placed as the third-seed alliance captain and made it through six rigorous playoff matches with alliance partners 2415 Westminster Wired Cats from Atlanta, Ga and 4516 Hyperion Robotics from Roswell, Ga, before losing in the Finals, but not before setting an unbeatable high score of 170 points! The team was also awarded with the Innovation in Control Awared sponsored by Rockwell Automation, and was crowned the second ranked team in Georgia. Because of this, the team was one of twelve teams in Georgia to qualify for the World Championships to be help in St. Louis, Missouri, but the only team in Gwinnett County to do so!

FIRST World Championships

The team was able to qualify for the FIRST Robotics World Championships that took place in St. Louis, Missouri towards the end of April. We were one of just twelve Georgia FRC teams to qualify and made it farther than we have ever done before! Clawing our way through two days of qualification matches, we placed thirteenth out of seventy-five competing teams within the Curie division. From there, they were chosen to join the 5th seed alliance captain Team 5406 Celt-X from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and their alliance partners Team 3641 Flying Toasters from South Lyon, Michigan. Team 2883 F.R.E.D from Warroad, Minnesota was chosen to be the backup 4th robot on the alliance. The determined trio fought hard only to be stopped short in the second semi-final match, losing by a small margin. However, this still marks the farthest we've ever gotten at Worlds!

Awards

  • Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors at Columbus
  • Ul Industrial Safety Hard Hat Pin at Albany
  • Chairman's Award at Albany
  • District Winners at Albany
  • District Winners at Kennesaw
  • Excellence in Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi at Kennesaw
  • Semi-Finalists at State
  • Innovation in Control Award sponsored by Rockwell Automation at State
  • Semi-Finalists at the FIRST World Championships

Check out more of our awards here.

Off-Season Activities

GRITS

GRITS this year was held at Walton High School on October 10th, where the Robo Lions were able to score as runner-ups, along with alliance captain 1648 G3 Robotics and4189 Chargers. The team also took home the Outreach Award, representing with over 25 rookie attendees.

GirlsFIRST Event

On October 17th, 2015 Walton High School (FRC Team 2974 )hosted a GirlsFIRST workshop to bond with local robotics teams as well as anyone interested from the surrounding communities. There were engineering contests, guest speakers from women in technology, driver practice with robots from past games, and tons of big smiles! A small group of girls on our team were glad that they got to participate in such an amazing event.

Spring Activities

Parsons STEM Night

The Robo Lions at Parsons STEM Night

On Thursday, February 4th, the team headed next door to Parsons Elementary school for an awesome night of robotics demonstrations! Our new outreach VEX robot made its debut, shooting balls across the cafeteria. Many of the students were eager to bring the balls back and even got to try their hand at driving the robot. Genesis, the 2014 competition robot, served us well once as we watched students jump up to catch the ball. A huge thanks to Parsons for having us and to all of the Robo Lions who helped make this night run smoothly!

Mason STEM Night

Mason STEM Night- Members of the team brought a VEX Robot and the 2014 Aerial Assist Robot to Mason Elementary to participate in a robotics showcase alongside GSMST Robotics and the Mason FLL team. Students were excited to jump up to catch the ball as the robot launched it across the room while others drove the VEX robot. It was really great to see the new members of the team connect with the elementary students, making sure all were safe around the robot and even sharing a dance or two! Prior to the night, students helped judge science fair entries which were also on display for parents that night. We had tons of kids take interest in the robot and we really loved being able to connect the kids’ experiences with robotics to our own robotics experiences!

Burnette Science Night

The Robo Lions at Burnette Science Night

On February 11th, the team attended their first Burnette Elementary’s Science Night. It was great to drive around our 2014 FRC robot and our VEX Outreach robot, as we had lots of interest and answered tons of great questions. We spoke with Ms. Reed, the Principal, about furthering their robotics program, and are excited to continue working with the school!

Lawrenceville Rotary Club Meeting

Seven enthusiastic members of the Peachtree Ridge High School Robotics Team presented information about their activities to the Rotary Club of Lawrenceville on April 4. 2016 Drive Team and 2016 Executive Officers described how the competitions worked and how the group went about preparing their robots for the competitions. The group is not only about engineering and business tasks; it is about building relationships, developing leadership skills, engaging in teamwork, and outreaching within the community. They displayed two of their robots and showed a video about the “Robo Lions spirit” that won a prize at a recent competition.

Sponsors


Demographics

  • Number of Members: 74
  • Number of Female Members: 18
  • Number of Male Members: 55
  • Number of Mentors: 14
  • Number of Freshmen: 30
  • Number of Sophomores: 12
  • Number of Juniors: 21
  • Number of Seniors: 11

Members


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