Sunday, December 3, 2017

First Meet of the Season for the TechnoPirates

The Lytle Junior High TechnoPirates participated in the first meet of its robotics competition season Saturday.  The team traveled to McCollum High School to the South San Antonio Metro League Meet where it competed with 15 other high schools and middle schools from around San Antonio. The TechnoPirates suffered from several technical problems that caused the robot to lose power and cost them two matches. A penalty called on their robot cost them their third match and a loose gear brought them down in another.

The highlight of the competition, however, came when TechnoPirates robot driver Faustino Ruiz grabbed a high-scoring element and rushed across the field with it in the robot's claw and threw it out of the game field to score 40 points - the only team of 35 that competed all day to accomplish the feat. Many in the crowd watching the match jumped to their feet and cheered the Lytle team for finally showing it could be done. 

At the end of the meet, the disappointing losses left the TechnoPirates in 11th place of 15 teams. The meet is only the first of five, however, and the team will have time to make up the difference before the final championship meet Jan. 27.

Reagon Clamon, Lytle Junior High Robotics Coach

Team 10902 in action.

Relic thrown over the wall scores 40 points in one match.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Lytle High School Robo Pirates Mentor the Junior High Robotics Team

On Wednesday the 13th, our weekly robotics meeting consisted of 3 workshops presented by the Lytle High School robotics team.  One workshop helped us know and understand the importance of a having a great "Engineering Notebook" and how it plays into competition.  A second workshop gave us an overview of Java and how it will be used to program our robot.  A third workshop provided tips and important information in designing and building our robot for competition. 

For a video of the event CLICK HERE.


Monday, July 31, 2017

Mr. Corona Shares His U.S. Air Force/FIRST Leadership Experience in Colorado Springs

After a great week at the Air Force Academy, I returned home excited about the new school year coming up.  Being on a military installation, I was reminded of all the great times I had while I myself served in the military.  

This slide show tells the story of our awesome experience. 

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Pillars of Leadership, Robotics

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Mr. Corona's Day 4 at the U.S. Air Force Academy and FIRST for STEM Mentoring

The last day of our FIRST experience found us back at the U.S. Air Force Academy for a briefing by the academy's "Admission's Office". The application process is pretty strait forward for anyone who has a desire for a FREE four year university degree.  Upon graduation, you will become a commissioned officer and work for one of the most technically advanced branches of the military service.  A "Four Lenses Exercise" workshop helped us better understand our personality and character and how it effects relationships with other teachers and most importantly, our students.

We ate lunch at the "Falcon Club" before we visited the "Academy's Chapel".  We left the chapel and heading to a wooded area for a team building "Ropes" course.  Due to rain and lightning, we were only able to complete one exercise.  For our final activity, we stopped at the "Visitor Center" and "Academy's Book Store".

We ended our last evening of this experience with dinner where we all had a chance to socialize and we were presented with parting gifts. The information learned through this experience is priceless.  An experience like none other and not soon to be forgotten.

(Admissions Presentation)
(Four Colors Exercise)

(U.S. Air Force Academy Chapel)

(Lunch at the Enlisted/Officers Club)
(Ropes Course - Trust Building)

(Our last evening together)

Major General Garrett Harencak is the Commander of the U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service.  He greeted us Sunday evening, briefly visited with us each day of the event and shared dinner with us to end the experience; "What a leader."

(US Air Force FIRST Experience 2017)

Pillars of Leadership, Robotics