To further our mission, we have taken the concept of STEAM to the next level and have coined the word “STREAM,” adding a new and vital component of the educational process: relationships. The “r” in STREAM could be “robot.” But there is so much more: we love the relationships that come out of being part of our team, part of a school, part of a community, and part of the world. (Excerpt from our 2016 Chairman’s Essay)
On the evening of January 9th, the entire team joined together to have a meal while watching and going over the rules for this year’s game. Both parents and students were able to better understand their role for the season and get excited for FIRST Stronghold. Lastly, we work on preliminary conceptual ideas to prototype the next day.
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It is our mission to challenge youth to create a lasting effect on their community through service learning, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. Leading all of us to a brighter future. We do not just build robots, we build people.
In 2015… we:
- Kicked off Recycle Rush on January 3rd
- Were “Team B” in the robot game manual
- Broke an end mill on day 1 of build season
- Started driving on January 21st
- Attended will.i.am’s Trans4m Gala
- Had Ice Cream for Breakfast on February 8th
- Unveiled our 2015 robot to the whole school on February 13th
- Competed at the Inland Empire Regional and placed 14 with an average qual score of 44.50 and an average playoff score of 68.50
- Did the Cha Cha Slide
- Were the first team to pass Robot Inspection at the Utah Regional
- Competed at the Utah Regional and seeded 37th and placed 3rd with an average qual score of 55.70 and an average playoff score of 138.6
- Explained FIRST to an International Teacher Organization on March 23rd
- Saw Woodie Flowers at the Ventura Regional
- Competed at the Ventura Regional and ranked 10 with an average qual score of 74.83 and an average playoff score of 132.60
- We traveled across the country with totes
- Went to World Championships in St. Louis on April 22nd
- Competed in the Tesla division and ranked 37 with an average qual score of 125.70
- Helped Boy Scout Troop 1 build recycling containers on May 24th
- Met Tony Blair on May 26th
- Represented FIRST at the DARPA Robotics Challenge in June
- Said goodbye to two amazing captains and hello four amazing new ones
- Toured the Amazon Fulfillment Center in San Bernardino on August 20th
- Looked like an engineer in August
- Made a FIRST Lego League calculator with 3,750 downloads in 40 countries
- Went to Chezy Champs for the first time and ranked 12 with an average qual score of 108.36 and an average playoff score of 56.00
- Helped Milken raise $6,000 for the AIDS Walk LA
- Assembled the FLL kits for the LA Region
- Prototyped robots for the 2007 FRC Game
- Hosted our 2nd Annual FLL tournament on November 1st
- Prototyped robots for the 2014 FRC Game
- Attended LA Tech Week on November 8th
- Brought on a new full time mentor and started a new team tradition
- Started raising money to buy goats for impoverished people
- Attended the LA Gadget Expo
- Featured on the LA Snapchat Story
- Hosted several Hour of Code workshops for the whole school
- Finished our battery cart
- Inventoried our supplies
- Organized and sorted our supplies
- Prepared our supplies for the rain
- Gained 164 Facebook likes
- Implemented a training document to get 45 students on their way to learn 112 tasks
Thank you to our team leadership, members, mentors, sponsors, and parents for helping us make this year so successful!
We will be taking time off until build season. Build season for FIRST Stronghold begins on January 9th, 2016. Countdown with us on the milkenknights.com home page.
On the weekend of December 5th-6th, our team both attended and exhibited at the Los Angeles Gadget Expo! The LA Gadget Expo is a chance for business and organizations to present their innovations in the areas of fitness, mobile, family, transportation, wearable, health, design, outdoors, home, multi-tool, and everyday carry. We demonstrated our 2013 robot. It was a great opportunity for our team to network and explore with local and national inventors and entrepreneurs!
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In efforts to help Heifer International eliminate poverty and hunger in the world, our team is trying to raise $600 to buy goats to send around the world to help people in need!
Please contribute any amount you can and help our team at
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On November 1st, local FIRST Lego League teams came to Milken to participate in a qualifier competition. Teams engaged in a competition called Trash Trek, where their robot attempts to compete in trash-themed challenges. In addition, the teams also present a project they design to solve a trash-related problem. Despite fierce competition and great competitors, Team 163, Second Life, ultimately took home the gold! Among the solutions to problems within the teams were a safe solution for recycling batteries, raising awareness about composting, a solar-powered plastic pollution collection boat, and many other great solutions to trash-related problems. All of the competitors blew the judges away and they’re sure to do amazing again.
On Sunday, October 25, Adam Heard from team 973 The Greybots came and worked with us to prototype mechanisms for the 2007 FRC competition. Throughout the day, we designed and built mechanisms out of wood that serve to drive around and pick up inflatable tubes. Last year, we decided on set mechanisms to build and stuck with it the entire season regardless of any changes in strategy. This coming year, the team plans to take a more aggressive approach; building every possible mechanisms we can use in the competition to see which ones works the best.
Team 1836 is at Chezy Champs this weekend (9/18-9/20)! Chezy Champs is an offseason tournament hosted by team 254. Our match schedule is avalible on our live page, milkenknights.com/live and on our Facebook page. Qualification matches are on Saturday (9/19) and elims are on Sunday (9/20).
Tony Blair, the Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, came to our shop and met with students on our team. He asked the students several thought provoking questions about cyber security and how technology will impact the global workforce.
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