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March 22-25, 2017
The FIRST Robotics Competition, Oklahoma City Regional, Cox Convention Center.
Oklahoma City, OK

The Oklahoma County 4-H Robotics Ninja Munkees compete in the Oklahoma City Regional.

Our team was selected to be the captain of Alliance #8.
For more information Read all about it here.

Our team moved into the seat 8 alliance captain position. Ninja Munkee Team Captain Tyler B. proudly wore the coveted arm band reserved only for alliance captains.

Here is a full write-up (in a separate window) by our very own Ninja Munkee student reporter Alex F.


March 1-4, 20176
The FIRST Robotics Competition, HUB CITY Regional, Lubbock Texas.
Frontier Trails BEST

The Oklahoma County 4-H Robotics Ninja Munkees travel to Lubbock Texas for the Hub City Regional.

Our team was selected to be part of Alliance #4, we won the quarter finals and were finally knocked out at the semi-finals.
For more information Read all about it here.


December 2-3, 2016
The Frontier Trails BEST Regional Robotics Championship
Frontier Trails BEST

After doing so well at the Hub, the BEST robotics Team headed to Fort Smith Arkansas to compete in the Frontier Trails BEST Championship.

Our team dominated!

In addition to having a robot win first place, we received a lot of other awards. For more information Read all about it here.


September 17 thru October 29, 2016
The HEARTLAND BEST Robotics Competition Season
Heartland BEST 2016

This is the time of year when our BEST team (The OKC Homeschool Robot Team) is the busiest. All their hard work paid off.

For more about our team at this competition, click here.

September 15-25, 2016
The 2016 GREAT STATE FAIR of OKLAHOMA
Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.

Because we are a 4-H team AND because our FRC robot placed first at the county fair. We were able to exhibit our FRC robot at the State Fair. And Again, our robot won first place in its category. BLUE RIBBON!


August 25-27, 2016
Oklahoma County Free Fair
Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.

We are a 4-H Team, One of the things that 4-Hers do is show thier work at the fair. That is just what we did. On Saturday of the county fair, we demonstrated our FRC robot to people who were attending the county fair.

Our FRC robot got a blue ribbon and was selected to advance to the next level ... The Oklahoma STATE fair.


August 18, 2016
NINJA Munkee Robotics Informational Meeting
MetroTech Aviation Career Campus.

This was an informational meeting primarly for new students on the team along with their family.

August 1, 2016
STRONGHOLD After Season Event. - Cox Convention Center

Our FIRST team competed in a competition/scrimmage event during the annual CareerTech convention held at the Cox Convention Center.

July 9, 2016
Sciencing On Saturday (SOS)


June 23, 2016
ACE Academy, session 2 of 2. MetroTech Aviation Career Campus
Oklahoma City, OK


June 9, 2016
ACE Academy, session 1 of 2. MetroTech Aviation Career Campus
Oklahoma City, OK


May 7, 2016
STEM Day at Bridgestone Middle School
Oklahoma City, OK

The Oklahoma County 4-H clubs got together and put together an event called STEMday.

STEMday was a fun event for 4th-6th grade students to come and learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Both Ninja Munkee Teams were involved.

Some of the activities included:

  • Egg Drop Competition.
  • Stress Test
  • Attack The Castle
  • Lego Robotics
  • The digestive system of a horse.
  • ATV (All Terrain Vehicle) Safety.

    Pictures and a Student written PDF report are pending.


    March 24-26, 2016
    FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Oklahoma Regional
    Cox Convention Center Oklahoma City, OK

    This is one of the biggest events on the calendar for a Ninja Munkee Student involved in FIRST robotics.

    There were 60+ teams at this competition. Every year the level of competition at the OKC Regional gets tougher.

    This year, our team won the "Gracious Professionalism Award". Only one team is selected to win this award. Many teams who attended the competition didn't get any awards.

    Highlights video:

    Pictures and a Student written PDF report are pending.


    March 9-12, 2016
    Arkansas City Rock City Regional
    Little Rock, AR

    Highlights Video.

    Pictures and a Student written PDF report are pending.


    December 4-5, 2015
    FRONTIER TRAILS BEST REGIONAL
    Fort Smith, AR

    Since our BEST team did so well at the Alva Hub, we were invited to participate in the FRONTIER TRAILS BEST Regional at Fort Smith, Arkansas.

    FRONTIER TRAILS BEST REGIONAL

    Pictures and a Student written PDF report are pending.


    November 28, 2015
    DELUXE WINTER MARKET
    Leadership Square, 211 N. Robinson
    Downtowntown Oklahoma City, OK

    Oklahoma County 4-H was invited (free of charge) to showcase our various 4-H clubs at the 2015 Deluxe Winter Market. Several of the Oklahoma County 4-H clubs took advantage of this opportunity, including our Robotics club. We were able to talk to several people who stopped by our booth about 4-H in general, and specifically our robot team.


    DELUXE WINTER MARKET


    October 31, 2015
    HEARTLAND BEST COMPETITION DAY
    Alva Oklahoma

    WHAT A great day for the NINJA MUNKEE BEST TEAM.

    First Place in the top award (the BEST award)!

    Pictures and a Student written PDF report are pending.

    HEARTLAND BEST WEBSITE


    September 18-27, 2015, 1-3 PM
    Robotics Display and Demonstration at the Oklahoma State Fair.
    Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, Hobbies, Arts, and Crafts building.

    From Sept 18 - Sept 27, our Fall 2014 BEST robot and our Spring 2015 FRC Robot were on display at the Great State Fair of Oklahoma. We then demonstrated our robots along with the Cleveland County FRC robot on Saturday, Sept 26, from 1-3 PM.


    September 19, 2015:
    HEARTLAND BEST KICKOFF
    Alva, Oklahoma

    For a student on the BEST team, this is a BIG day. It means that life will change for the next several weeks. This is the day where the long-awaited challenge is revealed.

    HEARTLAND BEST WEBSITE


    September 3,8,14, and 17, 2015:
    Pre-BEST robotics season kickoff meetings.
    Metrotech Aviation Career Campus,

    All these pre-BEST meetings were held at the Metro-Tech Aviation Career Campus.

    These pre-kickoff meetings were organized for the following reasons:

  • To teach safety and have students take the required safety tests before the season starts.
  • To teach the new students the engineering process.
  • To make sure all students get all their required 4-H paperwork completed.
  • To walk families through the student handbook and let them know what is required of them to be on the team.

    August 20-22, 2015:
    The 2015 Oklahoma County Fair
    Oklahoma State Fair Grounds.

    On Friday, the robots were judged. Both robots placed first (blue ribbon) in their respective categories.

    The FRC robot was listed as a programmable robot built by two or more 4-Hers. The BEST robot was listed as a remote controlled robot built by two or more 4-Hers.

    On Saturday morning, August 22, we were able to demonstrate our robots to the general public.

    Five FRC students amazed fair-goers with the manuverability of their robot. Many people have never seen mechanam wheels before. Three BEST mentors and two students show off their 2014 robot which placed exceedingly well at the 2014 Regional competition.

    August 20, 2015:
    New and prospective member orientation meeting
    Metrotech Aviation Career Campus,


    July 25, 2015:
    FRC Recycle Rush Replay.
    Shawnee Mall, Shawnee, OKlahoma

    The Shawnee, Oklahoma Team, put together an after season event they called "Recycle Rush Replay".

    Eight teams were selected to play, including ours.

    We placed FIRST!


    March 25-28,2015:
    FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Oklahoma Regional
    Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OKlahoma

    Here is a summary page of our team.


    March 4-7,2015:
    FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Rock City Regional
    Little Rock, Arkansas

    Here is a summary page of our team.


    Saturday, January 3, 2015:
    FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Oklahoma kickoff.
    Stillwater, Oklahoma
    The challenge for the 2015 season was revealed.
    RECYCLE RUSH


    Saturday, December 5-6, 2014:
    Frontier Trails BEST Regional. Fort Smith, Arkansas


    WOW!!! Our team was AMAZING!!

    Congratulations to the whole group of Ninja Munkees who went to Fort Smith Arkansas and competed in the Frontier Trails BEST competition

    The Highest and most prestigious award that can be won at this competition is called the "BEST" award. Out of 35 teams representing the best robot teams from 7 different hubs, our team WON!!!! Here is our entire list of awards:

    • GRAND PRIZE: BEST award
    • FIRST PLACE: Spirit and Sportsmanship.
    • FIRST PLACE: Notebook.
    • SECOND PLACE: Founders Award.
    • SECOND PLACE: Photogenic


    Saturday, November 15, 2014:
    Robot Demonstration at Science Museum Oklahoma (SMO)
    We demonstrated our robots at the Science Museum Oklahoma
    What a great opportunity for us. The robots performed well and our students reached out to the SMO visitors as they came and watched.


    November 1, 2014:
    HEARTLAND BEST Competition Day
    NWOSU campus, Alva, Oklahoma.

    We WON!

    The Jade Ninja Munkees won first place robot at the Heartland BEST competition. They also got second place in the highly coveted overall "BEST" award.

    Way to go Team!

    Click on one of the pictures below for more information about our competition at Heartland Best:


    HEARTLAND BEST website


    October 3-4, 2014:
    FRC Robot Rampage and Robotics Summit
    Gordon Cooper Technology Center, Shawnee, Oklahoma


    Here is the Flyer telling about the event.

    Unfortunately, the Ninja Munkees were not able to take our FRC robot to this event. However, our coach (John Robertson) represented the Ninja Munkees by giving a talk about sensors.


    Friday, October 3, 2014. Noon - 1 PM:
    Sponsor Appreciation Luncheon
    OSU Extension Office, 930 North Portland Ave.

    Many thanks to Robot Mom (Kristi) for organizing this event. It went very well. Several of our sponsors came and the students were able to present them with a plaque.


    September 20, 2014
    2014 BEST Season Kickoff. Heartland Best.

    Sept 20 was the Kickoff for the 2014 BEST robotics Competition Season.

    The 2014 BEST season challenge is called: BLADE RUNNER
    HEARTLAND BEST website


    September 11-21, 2014
    THE 2014 Oklahoma State Fair

    Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, Hobbies, Arts, and Crafts building. Oklahoma City, OK.

    Since our 2013 BEST robot and our 2014 FRC robot both received a blue ribbon at the 2014 Oklahoma COUNTY fair, we took them to the 2014 Oklahoma STATE Fair. Both robots received State Fair blue ribbons.

    The 2014 FRC robot was in the "programmable" category, and the 2013 BEST robot was in the "remote controlled" category.

    On Saturday, September 20, from 1 pm to 3 pm, we demonstrated our robots along with the Cleveland County 4-H Robot Team. Several hundred State Fair goers stopped by and watched as both robots shot the big ball at a high target. The two big FRC robots also passed the ball back and forth to each other.

    We also demonstrated our showpiece BEST robot (TomCat). Tomcat passed out fliers to people who stopped by.


    Tuesday, September 2, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM
    Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
    Friday, September 5, 2014 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM
    Robotics Bootcamp.
    Location: AAR

    This was a great group of training sessions. Topics covered included:

    1. The Engineering Process
    2. Safety
    3. CAD (Computer Aided Design)
    4. Programming
    5. Electronics

    A big thank you goes to lead mentor, Garrett for his vision in planning and organizing this event.

    Many Many thanks go to those who volunteered their time, knowledge and talent to teach classes at this bootcamp.


    August 25, 2014
    New Member Orientation, and information meeting.

    MetroTech Aviation Career Campus

    If you were interested in finding out about the team, and you weren't there, you should have been.

    We are gearing up for our Fall season (the BEST competition).

    If you missed the meeting and still want to be on the team, it's still not to late. Contact BEST season, Head Coach Stuart Boyes and ask what you can do to get on the team.


    August 21-23, 2014 Oklahoma County Free Fair. Centennial Building.

    Our Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 FRC robots were entered into the county fair to be judged. Both of them received BLUE ribbons in their class.

    Fall 2013 BEST Robot Spring 2014 FRC Robot

    On Saturday, August 23, 2014 we were able to demonstrate our robots to the general public. Lot's of people stopped by to hear about our team. Below is a group picture of our team at the fair.


    July 30, 2014 Robot Demonstration at the Choctaw Public Library

    The staff at the Choctaw Library always like for us to come and show off our robots.

    The people at the library that day showed a lot of interest in our robot team.


    July 12, 2014 Sciencing On Saturday

    Another successful SOS event. Everybody had a great time. We all learned a lot. Pictures pending.


    May 2-3, 2014. OCHEC 2014 OKC Homeschool Convention
    Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK

    Hundreds of homeschoolers attended this event. Many of them stopped by our booth to learn about our robot team and what we do. It was a great time for recruitment.


    March 27-29, 2014. Oklahoma FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Regional.
    Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK

    Wow, what an experience!

    We had some minor technical difficulties with the robot and didn't place as well as we would have liked. But we still learned a lot and had a lot of fun.


    Here is our 2014 Chairman's award video presentation.


    Saturday, January 4, 2014. FRC 2014 Season Kickoff.

    Wow! What a challenge. The name of the 2014 FRC game was:

    For more information about the game. Check out the following website:

    FRC 2014 KICKOFF - Aerial Assist


    Saturday, December 14, 2013. SOS (Sciencing On Saturday)

    SOS = Sciencing On Saturday. It's where we pass on some of our knowledge to the next generation.


    Fri-Sat, December 6-7, 2013: Frontier Trails BEST Regional Robot Competition
    Fort Smith Arkansas


    Saturday, November 9, 2013: HEARTLAND BEST robotics GAME DAY in Alva, OK

    CONGRATULATIONS!

    Our BEST team placed second place in the robot competion, and ...
    FIRST PLACE in the coveted overall BEST award.


    Friday-Saturday, October 11-12, 2013: Oklahoma Robotics Rampage
    Gordon Cooper Technology Center, Shawnee, OK
    Our team has participated in the Robotics Rampage for the last three years. It's a fun, educational event. This year was no exception.

    If you went to this event and have pictures, please send them to coach Larry.

    This event was hosted by FRC team 1750, Thunderstorm Robotics.

    One-page PDF promotional flyer.


    Saturday, September 28, 2013: Heartland BEST Robotics Kickoff
    NWOSU campus in Alva, OK.
    HEARTLAND BEST

    Our team has done BEST robotics for a long time, and we are good at it. We will keep up the tradition and compete again. this time at the Heartland BEST hub in Alva, OK.

    This year's competition is called GATEKEEPER 2013.

    BEST Robotics Main Website.

    2013 Game information, Gatekeeper

    Game animation


    September 12 - September 22, 2013: The GREAT State Fair of Oklahoma

    Our 2013 FRC robot (Rinzler) was at the State Fair! In fact, he placed first in his division! BLUE RIBBON!

    During the 10 days of the State Fair, thousands of people walk thru and view the various 4-H exhibits. It's hard to know how many of those people stopped by and looked at Rinzler, but Its safe to say that he made his presense known. In fact, of all the 4-H exhibits, there is nothing like a large 120 pound robot to attract attention!

    On Saturday morning (Sept 21) from 1:00 AM to 3:00 PM, we had Rinzler show off his frisbie throwing skills. It's hard to estimate how many people stopped by to watch Rinzler do his thing. But I'd estimate at least 500.

    In addition to having Rinzler at the fair, we also had our showcase BEST robot (TomCat) showing his skills as well.

    We invited the Cleveland County 4-H Robot Team. Their robot also shot frisbies.


    Thursday - Saturday, August 22-24, 2013: The Oklahoma County Free Fair.

    Our 2013 FRC robot (Rinzler) went to the county fair! In fact, he was judged and he placed first in his division! BLUE RIBBON. He is now qualified to be judged at the Great State Fair of Oklahoma in September.

    In addition to our robot, One of our team members (Clayton) entered a robotics educational display and also got a blue ribbon. Congratulations to Clayton!

    On Saturday morning from 9:00 AM to Noon, we had Rinzler show off his frisbie throwing skills. Several dozen people stopped by to watch and learn about our team. We even let some younger 4-H'ers control the joystick that shoots frisbies.


    Saturday, July 27, 2013, Sciencing On Saturday.


    Thursday-Saturday, April 4-6, 2013, Oklahoma City's Largest Garage Sale.


    Thursday-Saturday, March 28-30, 2013, Oklahoma City FRC Regional, OKC, OK


    Saturday, March 23, 2013, Sciencing On Saturday (SOS)


    Thursday-Saturday, Feb 28 - March 2, 2013, Hub City FRC Regional, Lubbock TX

    Our team took the road west to Lubbock, TX to compete in the Hub City Regional.

    Although we didn't do as well as we hoped, we learned a LOT about the game as well as the strengths and weaknesses of our robot.

    If you have pictures from this event, please send them to coach Larry.


    Saturday, January 5, 2013, FIRST ROBOTICS KICKOFF - Stillwater, OK

    Our team participated in the Kickoff in a big way.

    We also helped a rookie team (Dove Science Academy) build their "Rapid Quick Build" Robot.

    If you have pictures from this event, please send them to coach Larry.


    Friday-Saturday, November 30 - December 1, 2012, Frontier Trails BEST Regional

    If you have pictures from this event, please send them to coach Larry.


    Saturday, October 27, 2012, Heartland BEST GAME DAY!

    If you have pictures from this event, please send them to coach Larry.


    Saturday, October 13, 2012, Heartland BEST "Mall" Day

    If you have pictures from this event, please send them to coach Larry.


    Friday and Saturday, September 21-22, 2012, OK Robotics Rampage, Stillwater

    Several of us who participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) took our 2012 competition robot and traveled to Stillwater to participate in an off-season event called "Oklahoma Robotics Rampage". This fun event is sponsored by Thunderstorm Robotics.

    Even though the 2012 FRC season was over, we got to play the 2012 FRC game again against several other Oklahoma Teams. It's not really a competition, it's more like a scrimmage.


    Monday, Sept 13-23, 2012: The Great State Fair of Oklahoma

    Our two latest robots (the 2011 BEST robot, and the 2012 FRC robot) were on display at the Oklahoma State Fair. Potentially thousands of people walked by the display and caught a glipse of what the students on our team do with their time.

    On the first Saturday of the fair (Sept 15), we were able to join with the Cleveland County 4-H FRC team and demonstrate our FRC robots shooting basketballs at the fair.


    Saturday, Sept 15, 2012: BEST Kickoff, Alva Oklahoma

    For Fall 2012, We decided to participate in the Heartland BEST robotics competition.

    The name of this year's competition is:

    Link to the Heartland BEST website


    Monday, Sept 10, 2012: Robot Presentation at an Edmond Boy Scout Troup meeting.

    Several members from the BEST robot team went to Edmond and talked about the upcoming BEST competition. They also took last years robot (Venus) and demonstrated her to the group.


    Saturday, August 25, 2012: Oklahoma County Fair

    We entered both our BEST and FIRST robots in the county fair. They both won first place (blue ribbon) in their division. (YAY).

    We also entered an "Educational Recruitment Display" and an "Educational Booth Display", both of these also placed first. YAY TEAM!

    On Saturday of the fair, we demonstrated our robots (both the FIRST and BEST robots) to people who attended the fair.


    Tuesday, August 14, 2012: 2011-2012 Oklahoma County 4-H Awards Reception

    At this reception, Oklahoma County 4-H honored Bryce with a monetary award for placing first place at the speech competition. Bryce gave a talk about BEST and FIRST robot competitions.


    Saturday, August 11, 2012: Robot Demo at the Science Museum Oklahoma (SMO)

    We had a great day at the SMO showing off both robots and answering questions from many.


    Saturday, July 28, 2012: Sciencing On Saturday

    Our Sciencing On Saturday (SOS) events have always been a great learning opportunity for elementary aged school children to come and learn about Science, Technlology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). And they have a lot of fun in the process. This one turned out to be a big success. Stay tuned for pictures.


    Wednesday, June 20, 2012: Proclamation at the Oklahoma County Commissioners meeting

    What a neat experience! A resolution for the Robotic Team at the Oklahoma County Commissioners Meeting. Several from our team arrived at the Oklahoma County Courthouse to attend the this meeting which started at 9am with the pledge and prayer! Team Captain Katrina Hammonds was honored to read a resolution about our team and the county commissioners heartily approved.


    Thursday, June 14, 2012. Robotics Orientation and Information Meeting (open house)

    On Thursday, June 14, the OKC 4-H Robotics team hosted an orientation meeting for prospective new team members and their families. It started at 7 pm at Metro Tech's Aviation Careers Campus near the Oklahoma City Will Rogers World Airport. Coaches Larry McWilliams, Stuart Boyes, Scott Smith and MaryAnne Brubaker spoke on various topics including: time commitment, what we do, where we compete, cost to participate, and the benefits to the students

    Several students on our team spoke including our past team captains: Katrina Hammonds, Chris Brubaker, and Jennifer Boyes. We also heard from current mentors and parents on the team.


    May 31, 2012. Sponsor Appreciation Supper (SAS)

    We couldn't do this without our sponsors. We put together a Sponsor Appreciation Supper and invited all our sponsors. Many of them came!


    May 4-5, 2012. OCHEC (Homeschool) Convention. Oklahoma City

    We showed our BEST and FRC robots.


    Mentor Caleb, put together an excellent Video showcasing both competitions.


    April 26-28, 2012, FIRST Championship, St. Louis, MO


    WE WERE THERE!


    April 13, 2012, Fundraiser Event for us, hosted by the ATOMIC SHOCK FRC Team.

    The Mount St. Mary Catholic High School FIRST Robotics Team (FRC Team #2723, ATOMIC SHOCK) graciously hosted a fundraiser event to help us with our expenses in going to the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, MO.

    This is truly a great example of gracious professionalism

    Does anybody have pictures from this event?


    April 4, 2012, 4-H Day at the Capitol

    Our robot team had 2 students participate in this educational opportunity.


    March 29-31, 2012, Oklahoma FIRST Regional, Oklahoma City, OK

    WE WON!

    Our robot Alliance won first place at the 2012 Oklahoma FIRST regional. What a day! It is truly a great group of students, mentors, parents, and sponsors that make up the Ninja Munkee Robot Team. So proud of all of them and blessed to have them on the team.

    Our Alliance name: The Ninja Chicken UpNext alliance. Consisted of:

    Oklahoma FIRST Facebook page.

    Picassa page with lots of pictures from the event.


    March 1-3, 2012, Greater Kansas City FIRST Regional, Kansas City, MO
    Here is a website with more information.


    February 27, 2012 (Monday), 6:30 PM, Oklahoma County 4-H SPEECH AND PRESENTATION CONTEST


    Saturday, February 25, 2012, Sciencing On Saturday


    Saturday, February 18, 2012, Robot Demo at Penn Square Mall

    Our Sponsor:


    Saturday, February 18, 2012, Robot Scrimmage at Science Museum Oklahoma


    Wednesday, January 25, 2012. Robot Demo at the Choctaw Public Library
    We traveled to the big city of Choctaw and displayed our 2011 BEST robot as well as our 2011 FRC robot. The audience loved it and asked all sorts of questions about robotics and our team.

    Here is a news write-up about the event


    Wednesday, January 25, 2012. Robot Demo at the Choctaw Public Library
    We traveled to the big city of Choctaw and displayed our 2011 BEST robot as well as our 2011 FRC robot. The audience loved it and asked all sorts of questions about robotics and our team.

    Here is a news write-up about the event


    FRC Team #2395 Captain wins NCWIT award.
    Our own Katrina Hammonds, 2012 Captain of the FIRST Robotics 4-H Team 2395: Ninja Munkees and homeschooled student, was recently awarded BOTH the Local/Affiliate and the National "2012 NCWIT (National Center for Women and Information Technology) Award for Aspirations in Computing." This award recognizes young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests. Award-winners are selected for their demonstrated, outstanding aptitude and interest in information technology/computing; solid leadership ability; good academic history; and plans for post-secondary education. We are so proud of Katrina and her accomplishments. Being recognized with the NCWIT Award makes her a role model and shines a spotlight on women and computing.



    Saturday, January 7, 2012. FRC KICKOFF, Wes Watkins Center, OSU campus, Stillwater, OK
    Our team participated in this event in a BIG way. Almost all 17 of the students on our team attended and found out about the 2012 FRC challenge:

    Here are some pictures from the event.


    Tuesday, January 3, 2012. Meeting at ITT Technical Institute.

    50 Penn Place Office Tower
    1900 Northwest Expressway Suite 305R
    Oklahoma City, OK 73118
    

    We did some important team planning to prepare for the kickoff on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

    The meeting started with Eli Jones, ITT representative, giving the students and parents a short talk on the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) higher education. He also told us about what ITT Technical Institute has to offer students after they graduate from high school.


    December 13,15, and 19 2011: Ninja Munkee Boot Camp
    This was a great "camp" to go to and learn about FIRST robotics, how to prepare, and how to do the engineering process. Hosted by our master Ninja Munkee mentor, Garrett.


    Saturday, December 17, 2011: FIRST LEGO LEAGUE (FLL) State Championship
    Several of us went and volunteered at this event.

    Here is a link to the Oklahoma FLL website.


    December 9-10, 2011: Frontier Trails BEST
    Only the best "BEST" robots are selected from the Oklahoma City OKBEST hub to compete at Frontier Trails BEST. Ours was one of those robots.

    Here is the Frontier Trails BEST website.

    November 12, 2011: SOS (Sciencing On Saturday)
    Our FRC and BEST teams joined together to put together an event we call Sciencing on Saturday. Several elementary age children came to the OSU extension office and we taught them about Science, Technology, and ROBOTS. Not only was this a community service event, but it also served as a fundraiser for our team.


    October 22, 2011: Community Service Project
    Students involved with the BEST team participated in a Community Service project. Someone donated a lot of books to Friends of the Library and students from our team packed up these books and moved them.


    October 21 and 22, 2011: FRC 2011 OK ROBOTICS RAMPAGE:
    Location: Payne County Expo Center, Stillwater, OK.
    Those involved with the FRC team got a chance to scrimmage with the robot we built last spring.


    October 13, 2011: Boeing Meet, Greet, and Eat.

    Boeing (our FRC sponsor), hosted an event called "Meet, Greet, and Eat". It was an informative session where we got to meet the other Boeing sponsored teams and talk about how our teams can help each other.


    October 8, 2011: OKBEST Competition

    The BIG event for those on our team that compete in the OKBEST. Our team did a great job. 2nd place in the overall BEST award, and 4th place with the robot.

    CONGRATULATIONS TEAM.

    If you have more pictures from this event, please send them to Coach Larry.


    September 24, 2011: Our FIRST team went to the 2011 Great State Fair of Oklahoma to demonstrate our FRC robot and to promote robotics as well as 4-H. Our FRC robot was displayed in an exhibit at the State Fair and won first place (a blue ribbon).


    September 24, 2011: Our BEST team went to Oklahoma Christian University and participated in "public display day" (formerly 'MALL' day). Our team got a chance to try out our robot on a real field and to check out the competition.


    August 30, 2011: We gave an engineering inspiration talk to the Canadian County 4-H Robotics Club in Yukon, OK.
    Several from our team went and talked to the Canadian county 4-H Robotics Team about the BEST robotics competition.


    August 27, 2011: OKBEST Kickoff.
    We found out about the 2011 challenge. BUGS! The competition will be held on October 8, 2011.


    August 27, 2011: Oklahoma County Free Fair
    At the same time we were learning about BUGS for the BEST competition, we were showing our FRC robot at the county fair. Our FRC robot won a blue ribbon. It was also selected to be shown at the State Fair in September.


    August 20, 2011: OKC Homeschool BEST team - Pre-kickoff Team Building
    With the OKBEST kickoff only a week away, the coaches of the BEST team thought it necessary to put together a team building session. Garrett gave a presentation about the engineering process. Later Coach Larry had the students participate in a fun engineering challenge called "Spaghetti cantilever".


    August 20, 2011: OKBEST Boot Camp
    The nice folks at OKBEST presented a pre-kickoff workshop designed to get us familiar with the control system being used for the upcoming OKBEST season.


    August 13, 2011: SOS (Sciencing On Saturday)
    Our FRC and BEST teams joined together to put together an event we call Sciencing on Saturday. 15 elementary children came to the OSU extension office and we taught them about Science and Technology. Not only was this a community service event, but it also served as a fundraiser for our team.


    August 11, 2011: Edmond Homeschool Fair
    Coley J, one of our students who participates in both the BEST and FIRST competitions, set up a display at the Edmond Homeschool Fair. He talked to several people about robotics and as a result of his efforts, several interested parents called and asked us for more information.


    July 23, 2011: Oklahoma County 4-H Kickoff
    We showed off robots at the Oklahoma County 4-H kickoff.


    April 27, 2011: DASNR Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol
    We take any chance we can get to show off our robots and to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to the general public. When our team was offered the chance to show our robots at the Oklahoma State Capital, we jumped!


    April 14, 2011: Presentation to the AT&T Telephone Pioneers, OKC Life Member Club
    This local chapter of the AT&T Telephone pioneers is one of our biggest supporters. We were excited to come and talk to them about our robotics team and the competitions we are involved in.