Upcoming Events: 2017-17 Season

August 2017 Post...

Wednesday, August 16 - 12:30pm – Meet at Fess-Bow School (New Gym Doors) to travel to Harvey to unload the recycling items. We should be back by about 3pm.  Call if you can help with this project.

Thursday, August 24, 3:30pm - Robotics Meeting for everyone wanting to be in Robotics this year.  We will look at the mat, project, and core values.

June 2017 Post....

Robotics Events/Activities For June 2017


#1.  If interested in Building a Robot to exhibit at the Wells County Fair, please let Mrs.    Wentz know and she will find a time to help you.  These will have to be completed by Wed, June 14.  There are 5 available bricks so the first 5 students to contact me will be able to use them.


#2.  Friday, June 9 - 12:45pm – Meet at Fess-Bow School (New Gym Doors) to load the recycling trailer AND travel to Harvey to unload the recycling items. We should be back by about 4pm.  Call if you can help with this project.



(Thursday-Sunday, June 22-June 25)

Grandstand Cleanup Fund Raiser

#3.   Our robotics team has again been given the opportunity to make money for our team’s equipment and trips to the state robotics competition.  This fund raising event will be to clean up after each Grandstand event during the fair.  There are 5 grandstand events, so we will be scheduling 5 cleanup times.  We should have 5-6 people to help with each cleanup time and it should take less than an hour each time.  (See below for Schedule)


#4.    We will be doing Robotics Demonstrations during the Free Stages at the Fair on Sunday, June 25 at 3:45-4:30pm.


We will need team members to do some demos at the fair:  (Choose your favorites & let me know)

--Core Values (using the posters we made for state competition if you want)

--Wall-e & Eva (Describe how they were designed & how they run)

--Explain “Animal Antics” Theme

--Show “Animal Antics” Mission Models & Mat (Describe what the models are and what the robot needs to do to accumulate pts)

--Demonstrate how the robots are programed (Using the computer and the projector so all can see the screen)

--Discuss attachments and jigs and when/how they are used (Demonstrate attaching them to the robot)

--Demonstrate missions:       **Gate, Pig, Bee     **Shark Tank      **Fridge      **Feed Animals     **Milk Machine     **Gecho    

--Demonstrate some 2 ½ minute timings  (Competition Style using 2 tables)


Thursday, June 22 

           9pm after Bull-a-rama—Cleanup Grandstand

Saturday, June 24     

           9am—Cleanup Grandstand

           3:30pm after Chariot Races—Cleanup Grandstand

           9pm after Truck/Tractor Pull—Cleanup Grandstand

Sunday, June 22

           3:45pm-4:30pm—Robotics Demonstration at Free Stage Tent

           6:00pm after Demolition Derby & Best of Beans Cook-Off—Cleanup Grandstand

January 2017 Post:

Opps, I see today that the State Tournament in Grand Forks will be February 10 & 11, 2017.  So we will have an extra week of practice.  Hope this will work out for all of you.  I have also added extra practice days for 4 students at a time. 
Monday nights will have Donavin, Jackson, Ryan, & Zach. 
Tuesday night will be for all of the RR1 Team. 
Thursday night will have Logan, Mathew, Nathan, & Jaytan. 
Friday night will have Lucas, Michael, Porter, & Austin. 
I will rearrange this if we need to.

Robotics schedule has changed again....at least for some of you.  Check the calendar on this website for details.  I will also be sending out a "hard copy" for those of you who have trouble getting into this calendar.  For the most part it will be 4th, 5th, & 6th graders meeting on Tuesdays and 3rd graders meeting on Thursdays.  Schedule changes in October over Teacher's Convention and in November with Thanksgiving. 

Also, if you have conflicting activities with this schedule, please contact me and we can schedule some other day to meet and work on robots and programs. 

Just a "For your information"....We will not have Robotics this week.  With all the Homecoming festivities and other commitments, it becomes too difficult to schedule.  So again....There will not be any Robotics meetings on Thursday or any other day for this week.  We will begin meetings again in October. 

Field Trip to the Van Bedaf Dairy in Carrington will be on Thursday, Sept. 22, leaving from the school at 3:30pm.  Have your signed permission papers to Mrs. Wentz by Monday.

Mission Model Building:  Monday, August 22 from 1pm-4pm.  Our "Animal Allies" mat and mission models are here and ready to begin the building!!  Come for another fun day with Legos! 

MEETING:  Wednesday, August 17 1pm-4pm.  Up in the Robotics Rooml  Plan for some fun surprises, new mats, ideas from Michelle, and time to run last year's runs and think about this year's runs.   

$600 for cleaning the Grandstands during the Wells County Fair.  Thanks to all that helped!!

Recycling Boxes will need to be delivered to the teachers and explained to new teachers.

 "Animal Allies" mission models & playing fields have been ordered and are available to  study.  We will look at them at our meeting on Wednesday.

The Recycling Trailer is almost full.  We plan to take it to Harvey to empty it on Thursday, March 10 after school.  Plan to come along and help empty it if you can.

Recycling pickup in the classrooms will continue every other Thursday after school.  Check with Mrs. Wentz to see if you should stay to help.

The Robotics Team will be cleaning the Grandstand during the Wells County Fair again as a fundraiser for the group.  The fair begins on Thursday, June 23, 2016 and they would also like help on Monday, June 20 with the initial cleaning.  Plan to help.

The 2016-17 First Lego League challenge will be called "Animal Antics".  We will be getting the mission models and mat at the end of August, so be looking for more information about it then.

2017 Regional Tournament will be in Devils Lake on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.

2017 Robotics Tournament will be in Grand Forks on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017.

Field Trip to Recycling Center in Harvey

On Thursday, November 19, 2015 we will go on a field trip to tour the Recycling Center in Harvey.  We will load the bus from the front of the Fessenden School at 3:30pm.  We should be back by 5:30-5:45pm. 

Let's have a Robotics New Season Meeting

Thursday, August 27 at 3:35 will be our first Robotics meeting.  Come to the 2nd Grade Classroom  to begin assembling the mission models for the 2015-2016 season.  We will not have robotics on Sept 3, but we will have robotics every Thursday night for the month of Sept and Oct 1 & 8. 

2015-16 Challenge--Trash Trek

Let's keep that proud tradition going as we enter into the upcoming robotics season.  The theme for 2015-16 will be about recycling, reusing, and going green.  Begin thinking about projects that might be a possibility with those ideas in  mind.  We have received the new mat and mission models for Trash Trek.

Grandstand Cleaning During the Wells Co Fair
Thanks to all of you who helped with cleaning the Grandstand after each performance during the Wells County Fair....June 18-21, 2015.  Money earned at that fundraiser helped us buy more robotic equipment as well as paid for some of our expenses for the State Robotics Competition in Grand Forks.

Regional Robotics Tournament in Devils Lake
We are expecting that the Regional Robotics Tournament in Devils Lake will be on Monday, January 18, 2016.  This will be President's Day and not a regular school day.  Plan to attend and bring friends and relatives along to cheer us on!!!

State Competition 2015-16
I have been informed that the State Robotics Competition will be held in Grand Forks on Saturday, February 6, 2016.  Put that date on your calendar!!  We have a block of rooms reserved at the C'mon Inn (where we stayed the past few years).  If you are planning to come as a family and would like a room let me know.   We have an older team and a younger team registered, so all students should get a chance to be on one of the teams.

Save the Dates:

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Regional Competition in Devils Lake --  Wednesday, January 11, 2017

State Competition in Grand Forks  -- Friday night/Saturday, February 10 & 11, 2017

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