November 2012 – May 2015

First Lego League – Tournament Details @ Boys and Girls of Menlo Park
Nov 10 all-day

All three White Hill Robotics teams will be competing at the Boys and Girls Club in Menlo Park on 11/10:

cNeil Family Clubhouse 401 Pierce Road Menlo Park, CA 94025                           Phone: (650) 646-6070                           Fax: (650) 322-6251

This is an all day event.  We’ll meet at United Markets in San Anselmo at 7:00 am and carpool from there.  We’d like to get as many parents coming as possible.

@ The Bay School of San Francisco
Nov 17 @ 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
First Robotics in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Nov 28 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Team Members and their Robots to Lead the 87th Annual Parade in New York City with Help from Southwest Airlines and FedEx

MANCHESTER, N.H., November 7, 2013― FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a not-for-profit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, announced today that five award-winning FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) teams and their robots will have the honor of opening the 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® on November 28, 2013 in New York City.

For nearly a century, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been the official kick-off to the holiday season. Every year, this Emmy® Award winning tradition is seen by more than 3.5 million people in New York and 50 million people at home, all tuned in to see giant balloons, one-of-a-kind floats, and now – robots!

Robots are no longer a sci-fi fantasy; in recent years, robots have become commonplace in many aspects of life, from cleaning floors to teaching in the classroom. Macy’s recognizes the importance and relevance of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to their customers. Moreover, the company is sensitive to the need for STEM-workforce development, and understands that the key to expanding these fields is to inspire young people to take an interest in them.

“We are extremely excited and thankful for this unique opportunity that Macy’s has given us,” said FIRSTFounder, Dean Kamen. “Tuning into the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is an American tradition, and this year the first thing people will see in the parade is FIRST. Thanks to Macy’s, we have the chance to pique the curiosity of millions of young people, as well as potential Mentors, Sponsors, and Volunteers.”

Five FIRST Robotics Competition teams will proudly represent FIRST and its Progression of Programs with this trailblazing appearance, and will travel across the country to New York City to lead the historic parade.Southwest Airlines is the Official Air Travel Sponsor for this special appearance by FIRST teams, providing nearly $14,000 in round-trip air vouchers for the student participants and their adult Mentors. The teams’ robots will also travel for free thanks to complimentary roundtrip shipments from FIRST Strategic Partner, FedEx.

Award-winning FIRST Robotics Competition teams leading the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade include:

  • Team 1538, The Holy Cows, from San Diego, Calif.;
  • Team 1477, Texas Torque, from The Woodlands, Texas;
  • Team 180, S.P.A.M., from Stuart, Fla.;
  • Team 16, The Bomb Squad, from Mountain Home, Ark.; and
  • Team 25, Raider Robotix, from North Brunswick, N.J.

At the beginning of each competition season, teams receive a “Kit of Parts” made up of motors, batteries, a control system, a PC, and a mix of automation components – with no instructions. Working with adult Mentors, students have six weeks to design, build, program, and test their robots to meet the season’s engineering challenge.

The robots leading the 2013 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade were designed and built for the 2013 FRC ULTIMATE ASCENTSM season challenge, and have been modified by the students to perform tasks specifically for the parade. Texas Torque’s robot, “SONIC,” will cut the ribbon to signal the official start of the parade. Following the ribbon cutting, the other teams’ robots will shoot confetti along the parade route. Students will then drive their 12v battery-operated, 150-pound robots down the entire 2.5 mile stretch, ending at Macy’s Herald Square.

The 87th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade will be aired live from New York City on November 28, 2013 beginning at 9 a.m. ET on NBC.

Girls Ignite @ White Hill Middle School
Jan 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

 light up jacketThe Girls Ignite STEAM event has been expanded due to the overwhelming enthusiastic response we have received.  We are now hosting up to 200 girls!

Current 5th-7th grade girls are invited to join us at White Hill on Wednesday, January 22nd from 6:30 to 8:30 for an evening of engineering fun!   Our evening event will give girls the opportunity to meet several women in engineering and make a wearable electronic device to take home.  Students will see our engineering lab and work with 3D printers, vinyl cutters, LED lights and circuitry, and our industrial button maker.  Our popular engineering program at White Hill has been received enthusiastically by our students and we are excited about bringing more girls into the program.  Students can be dropped off at 6:30 and should be picked up at 8:30.  We look forward to igniting girls’ interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).  

Mini Maker Faire – San Rafael @ Marin County Office of Education
Apr 12 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
@ Maker Faire
May 17 – May 18 all-day

We will be attending and displaying our projects at Maker Faire!

MakerFaire @ MakerFaire
May 16 @ 11:00 am – May 17 @ 12:00 pm