RoboRave 2018

Robotics Brings Out The Best in RRPS Students
Posted on 05/16/2018

Robo Rave ES Jousting Finals

Cielo Azul ES Jousting team

What does participation in Robotics teach students?  Let us count the ways . . . creative problem solving, STEM skills, teamwork . . . and for the 78 RRPS student teams from nine schools participating in the annual International RoboRave competition, the opportunity to meet and network students from across the nation and 20 countries around the world who share their passion for tough mano-a-mano competition in the STEM disciplines: science, technology, math, and engineering.

On this international stage, competing against 558 teams, our students stood out! 

  • Vista Grande winning team Pine TurtlesTeams from Cleveland High finished first, second, and fifth out of 20 teams 
    in the high school division of Alpine Bot, a contest where students construct a robot capable of climbing an 80% incline and planting a flag on a target at the top.
  • Vista Grande Elementary (top, third, and bottom photos) dominated the 35 teams in the elementary Jousting competition, which is just what it sounds like: robots “charge” at each other and try to unseat the opposing “knight” (a metal drink bottle) from their opponent’s robot. Their three teams finished Lincoln MS finalist teamfirst, second, and fourth (Cielo Azul Elementary -- in the second photo from top -- also had a team in the jousting finals).
  • At the middle school level, Lincoln Middle School (at right) sent three teams to the middle school jousting finals (eight teams qualify).
  • Eagle Ridge (photo below left) had three teams make it into the finals in Sumo Bot (essentially, sumo wrestling with robots).They ended up finishing 5th, 7th and 9th out of 72 total teams. Eagle Ridge also finished 15th and 22nd in jousting. 
  • Teams from Puesta del Sol Elementary, Mountain View Middle School, Rio Rancho Middle School, and Rio Rancho High also competed, in some cases falling just short of making the finals.

Eagle Ridge robotics studentsIn addition to the challenges mentioned above, RRPS teams participated in Entrepreneurial (inventing a robot to do a chore and marketing it), a-MAZE-ing (robots try to navigate a maze in the shortest possible time), and Line Following (robots must follow a line marked out on the floor and successfully deliver a set number of ping-pong balls to the other end).

RoboRave has its roots in the early days of Rio Rancho Public Schools’ and Rio Rancho High School’s history.  

Vista Grande students, coaches, and parents

The co-founder of the event, Russ Fisher-Ives, was the head of the SciMatics Academy at RRHS when he and two other teachers came up with the idea of a robotics competition promoting fun while learning, sharing, and teamwork.  Many of the first competitors were students at RRPS schools.  RoboRave competitions are now held all over the world, and Albuquerque frequently hosts the granddaddy of them all, RoboRave International.