Our team is a part of the Virgil I Grissom High School's Academy of Applied Math and Science that was established in 2009. The Virgil I. Grissom High School Robotics Team is currently comprised of fourteen students, 10 mentors, 2 teachers, and several volunteers. The team builds two robots a year and competes in two robotics competitions each year. The BEST competition in the fall and the FIRST competition in the spring. The robotics team at Grissom is always looking for new members, the only requirement is that you be a registered student at Grissom High.
Follow us on Instagram and Twitter: GHSROBOTIC
We also have a Youtube account: Grissom Robotics
Getting Ready for Competition
We got a new chassis to make a practice bot. We used this practice bot to make improvements to our design. We believe this new design will be a better fit for the competition. As we count down the days until the competition everyone is getting hyped but also rushing to make sure everything is done before we leave. We just got a new design for the logo and now were trying to switch out from our old to our new. Now we are on the road to the Smokey Mountain regional.
Just after we finished bag and tag NASA hosted NASA Media day. This is where all the robotics teams (FTC, FRC, FLL) come to show off their robot. While we were there we checked up on other teams and met new ones. The local news stations came out and recorded everyone. When they recorded everyone they found a way to incorporate every team into the news.
Bag n' Tag
As the build season comes to an end we got are robot in a working condition to bag it. However, we still have a lot of work to get done before competition day in Knoxville, TN for the Smokey Mountain regional. We have several teams have had trouble baging the robot because of the weather, we are glad that we were able to go to school and bag the robot on the bag and tag day and not have to worry about asking for a time extension.
FLL State Champ. (2015)
FLL is coming to end in Alabama as we host the State Champ. It will be our third year hosting and we are pumped to see some returning team but especially the new teams. We are had about 15 Jr. FLL teams this year which was a lot more than last year. This year is a little different for our team because we had some of our team members ref during the competition. At the end of the day and after all the hard work we are happy to see the FLL teams having so much fun.
Kickoff for FRC (2015)
The new year has started. We are finished with BEST and getting pumped for a new season of FIRST Robotics. Everyone on the team is brainstorming for our new robot to build in the upcoming six weeks with late nights. This year FIRST Robotics game is Recycle Rush. Where we stack totes with a recycling bin on top and have a piece of litter, which is a pool noodle, inside the recycling bin to score points.
Competition Day for BEST
We have worked six weeks and endless nights building our robot. We are excited to put it up against other teams. We are confident and proud of our work. We are competing in the Tennessee Valley BEST robotics Competition which is held at Calhoun Community College in Decatur, AL. We built a booth along with a windmill to show green energy and advancement of technology in the past 20 years.
Kickoff for BEST (2014)
Summer has ended and school in session. This year we had several students to join our team. We are excited to build again and are anticipating a G.R.E.A.T. robotic season this school year. This years BEST game is Blade Runner where we assemble a windmill and turbine. Also we have to avoid hitting the "chickens".
G.R.E.A.T. Robotics Finally Competing (2014)
After waiting four long weeks we are finally at New Orleans and ready to compete. With all of our hard work, we are ready to show our robots off to the other teams. Practicing on April 3, Thursday, and setting up the pit we took a look at the other teams. Although the real fun begins on April 4, Friday, when we compete with everyone and see who gets into seeding rounds (semi-finals). Then April 5, Saturday, the championships!
Robots in the Rocket City (2014)
On February 23, NASA hosted a Media Day for the FRC and FTC teams in the area. The Media Day allowed the teams to show off their robots to the team's sponsors and the public. We along with other FRC teams were there. Below is a link to a waaytv website to show photos and videos from NASA's Media Day.
On January 25 we hosted a FLL and FTC Tournament over the weekend at our school just like last year. GREAT members were involved in refereeing, directing the flow of the event, and providing concessions to attendees.
Pictures from 2013: http://photos.al.com/huntsville-times/2013/01/first_lego_league.html
Pictures from 2014: