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The FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC)
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Vail Academy & High School
Home of the BoxerBots

  • Recent or Upcoming Events

    January 3, 2015

    Kick-off's now over, and Recycle Rush is the challenge. This is a new method and an exciting opportunity! For the first time, the alliances will not be in the same area of the arena, but separated by a divider, and drive teams will be on the same side as their robots. With an initial design concept set, the designers will be working furiously to get the CAD. Meanwhile the build team will be putting the framework together for the drive chassis. Business team should be wrapping up with the submissions in the very near future. We had participation from the up and coming team from Desert View, as well as visitors from the Pitt Pirates (Team 2642).

    Game Video

    December 13, 2014

    Hey Guys and Gals! Kickoff's almost here! That means we need all of you. I mean ALL who would like to contribute ideas. We get our challenge for this year's competition and so that means we need any and all contributions. It starts at 8:00 am in the Vail Academy and High School MPR, and you go home when your brain yells at you. Breakfast not included. IF you stay, you get a pizza lunch. We appreciate any side dishes you bring. PLEASE JOIN US!!!!

    August 9, 2014

    Two events happened today. First we had the build room organization meeting. We began purging some items, and organizing a lot of the smaller items that were moved in last weekend. This was about a five-hour evolution, and we had good support from team members. We greatly appreciate all of your help. The second event today was the Hot Rods Demo and Banquet. We had a great turn-out in support of the team. The student leadership conducted themselves brilliantly. Go BOXERBOTS!

    August 6, 2014

    Our first meeting. We had a good turnout for this. A lot of new faces, interested in a variety of positions on the team. We have students from all five of the high schools in the district. Same basic information went out. The handout is ported to the right, as well as our brochure. Feel free to peruse it and contact us with any questions you may have.

    August 2, 2014

    We had a great turnout in support of our build-room move. We got everything moved out of the old build room and into the new. We now no longer occupy any space at the Tech Park. While it was a great place and supported us many years, we feel that the new arrangement will be more conducive to the success of the team. We bid a fond farewell to our past home, and welcome our new with open arms. Students worked hard to get everything moved over, and that is greatly appreciated. They will recover much quicker than the mentors.

    July 20, 2014

    Here we are again. Rolling in the new school year already for the district. Friends and classmates you haven't seen in a while, rekindling friendships or acquaintances. Fall will be here soon. With all these events we also welcome the next season for robotics. Our first meeting will be held on August 6th. We will be meeting at the school in the new build room. We will get announcements out in several schools and post time and Rm # for those not familiar with it all. We look forward to seeing you there.

    May 14, 2014

    Our wonderful sponsor, Caterpillar, Inc., took us on a field trip to their proving grounds, where we were able to learn new things in controls, and where the future is headed for several industries. As you can see by our new pictures, we were also able to witness the sheer awesome size of some of the machines in use in the mining industry. Thank you, Caterpillar, for this inspiring event.

    April 23, 2014

    This week will be closing out with the BoxerBot Banquet and the Boxer Expo held at Vail Academy and High School. The Boxer Expo will be held on Friday, April 25th. The BoxerBots will be demonstrating several robots during this event. Feel free to stop by and see what happens at the school, and to visit the BoxerBots and see them in action.

    Arizona Regionals

    March 22, 2014

    We have completed the season. We hit it hard at the Arizona Regional in Chandler, AZ. We installed our new 5" wheels on the bot to avoid any further clearance issues. We installed LED lighting in the arms of "Not Bad" to highlight the cutouts. We replaced the Thera-Band that powers the catapult. The robot was put back together. Inspection went smooth.

    We were there with several of our fellow Tucson teams. Raytheon Missile Systems' Director of Community Outreach visited while we there, as well. As we made it through the qualifiers, excitement grew as we did very well, again. We ended up being in 9th place going into team selections. As it all boiled down we were the 7th seed Alliance Captain. We had teams 2375 (The Dragons from Phoenix) and 2449 (Out of Orbit from Tempe) on our alliance, and we worked very well together and we enjoyed the run. Thank you, guys.

    Our resolve and high spirits all the way through won us the Spirit Award this time! Thank you, Remy, for leading that effort! All-in-all it was a very successful trip and we are already looking forward to next season. Don't forget the End-of-Season Banquet next month. Stay up to date with our Facebook page. GO BOXERBOTS!!

    Inland Empire Regional

    March 9, 2014

    Our first regional event is done. The Inland Empire Regional is a great experience for any that can make the event. This year it was a little more than wet, considering we ran into a good storm front. It did not, however, dampen our spirits any, or most of the other teams that were there. We had some serious obstacles to overcome. The first of which was our very low clearance on our robot. We were sporting a little less than 1/4" of free space under our bot, and that proved to be not so good with the not quite even carpet of the arena.

    We worked until 8pm the first night getting the bottom of the robot covered with anti-friction tape and the wheels covered in traction material which gave us the equivalent to 5" wheels (as opposed to our original 4" wheels). The next morning we burnt out the short motor (it stunk up the pit), so we were a non-shooting robot for a couple of matches while the pit crew slaved to get the planetary gear-box mounted on the new motor. Once we got that installed, we were rocking.

    Autonomous only ever missed one shot while the shooter was working, and our programmers are responsible for winning us the "Innovation in Controls" award presented by Rockwell Automation. Strategy changed constantly to accommodate the variety of robots and driving styles on the field. Many kudos to our driving team and their coach.

    We made it to 8th seed, where we ended up being selected by the 3rd-seed team. We made it through quarter-finals and into semi-finals, where we lost the first, won the second, and lost the third match. It was a very exciting time and we are all looking forward to using our experience during the Arizona Regionals March 20th-22nd.

    2014 Kick-off Event

    January 4, 2014

    The 2014 Challenge has been released and it is Aerial Assist. As always, the task is challenging. This year the game makers have put an extreme emphasis on teamwork within the alliances. All teams will be, I am sure, looking to be able to throw the 24" diameter ball, as well as retrieve it from the floor, and catch it, as well. Good luck to all teams, and looking forward to competing with you.

    Game Video

    Some Recent News

    November 3, 2013

    As many of you know the Tucson Tussle, which we competed in, took place on November 2nd at Sonoran Science Academy. In the competition we were the third seeded team, and chose Teams 1726 the N.E.R.D.S., and 3944, the All Knight's to be our alliance members. Our alliance placed second in the The Tucson Tussle out of 12 competing teams from all over Arizona.

    Many people from our team attended the Tucson Tussle and overall they thought it was a lot of fun. Jake Hoppe recalled that, "This year, the Tussle was more of a competition than in previous years." The Tucson Tussle was a good practice environment for future competitions, especially for those who have yet to go to a competition.

    "Next year, if there is another Tucson Tussle, I will definitely try to participate again," Kenny Schackart said. The other members enjoyed the Tucson Tussle as well, and look forward to going again next year.

  • VAHS and FIRST

    The BoxerBots are a team comprised of students from all of the high schools in the Vail School District, hosted by the Vail Academy and High School and sponsored by CATERPILLAR, Inc. We take students from grades 9 through 12, in accordance with the FIRST guidelines.

    Our Team brochure

    Our Team Handout

    Scholarship and Awards

    Learn about the awards and scholarships you can get in the FRC robotics competition and team.

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