October News [Remix Finalists, Upcoming Events]

Planning Meeting, Remix, FLL, and more
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  • Planning Meeting Next Tuesday Nov 3rd, Parents and Team Members RSVP
  • We were Finalists at the Remix on Saturday! New members did very well.
  • Mock Kickoff is this Saturday. Team members RSVP HERE
  • We are Hosting our FLL Qualifier on Dec 5th and we need students, parents, teachers, and anyone else to volunteer. Sign Up Here
  • Lots of Dates at the bottom both Spring and Fall

Spectrum Planning/Parents Meeting

Nov 3rd – Next Tuesday 5:30 PM


We will be having our first big planning meeting on Tuesday, Nov 3rd at 5:30 PM. This meeting is for all students and parents. We will be talking about the FLL qualifier on December 5th and some of the logistics of the spring semester and the FRC build season.

If you have any questions about the team, schedule, events, etc this is a great time to ask them. It’s also a good time to meet other parents, etc.


The Remix Finalists

This weekend Spectrum was runner up at The Remix off-season event held in Conroe, Texas. We were allied with teams FRC#2468 Team Appreciate from Austin, Texas, and Team Lambot from Mexico. 

Many new team members were experiencing their first event and were able to experience driving, operating, maintaining and improving the robot.

We used some quick improvisation at the end to build a simple hook to grab two of the recycling container from the step area. This allowed our alliance partners to score more points.

We lost in the final rounds to our friends FRC#624 CRyptonite from Katy, TX, FRC#3735 Kleinbots from Klein, TX, FRC#5427 from Thompkins HS.

This extends our current streak of placing at The Remix to three consecutive years. We won in 2013, and have finished in 2nd place in 2014, and 2015.

Mock Kickoff This Saturday

We will be hosting the 2015 FRC Mock Kickoff on Oct. 31 in the Strake Dining Hall. It’s an event designed to give students an introduction to the FRC season and engineering design process.

Here is the full description of the event, its RSVP link, and some of its workshop descriptions.


All spectrum team members should plan on attending this event. It will end before 4 P.M. so people can enjoy their Halloween evening.

Please RSVP Here: https://goo.gl/auZX6b

Workshops Include

  • Electrical Layout and Construction Techniques for FRC– Phil So, Discobots 2587 
  • Building a Robust Safety Program and Shining at Competitions– Team 624 Cryptonite Safety Team 
  • Arduino Programming Introduction– Karl Fleischmann 
  • Competition Success: Robot, Drive Team, and Scouting Management to Compete Consistently and Effectively- Logan Farrell, Robonauts FRC#118
  • Forming a 501(c)(3) charity for your robotics team – Tom Chorba, TaRDIS FRC#5416

Spectrum FLL Qualifier, December 5

We are hosting our second annual FLL Qualifier. The event will host 24 teams of 4th-8th grade students competing with Lego robots.

The event is from 7 A.M. – 4 P.M., and we would love if you could volunteer. We need students, parents, teachers, and more to volunteer as referees, judges, concessions help, and more. We will provide training for any job that you would like to help with. We need a few key volunteers to help coordinate the event and get things prepared. If you would like to help with that, please let us know.

VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION (Please volunteer if you can!)

Information about the event:

Fall Dates

  • Oct. 31 – Mock Kickoff
  • Nov. 7 – Canstruction
  • Nov. 14 – Houston Maker Faire
  • Nov. 15 – Decanstruction
  • Nov. 21 – Space City VEX competition volunteering
  • Dec. 5 – Spectrum FLL Qualifier
  • Dec. 12 – HISD VEX event

There will be more dates added, but these are the ones we know about now.
If you haven’t RSVPed for the Fall Dates you can sign up here.

Spring Event Dates

  • Bayou Regional
    • March 16th – 20th (End of Spring Break)
    • Pontchartrain Center
    • Kenner, LA
    • Hotel: We have rooms booked at the Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Airport
  • Lone Star Regional
    • April 6th – 9th
    • George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas
  • FIRST World Championship
    • April 26th – May 1st
    • Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, MO
    • We have rooms at the Residence Inn St. Louis Downtown

Parents are welcome to travel to the events and help cheer on the team. We also can always use help arranging meals during the events, etc. Most of the time parents provide their own transportation and hotel rooms, for the St. Louis trip it may be possible to have some parents ride the charter bus (however it’s a really long bus ride).

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