Bag Day!

Bag Day is here and we are busier than ever! Our robot has to be finished and in a bag by 11:59 pm tonight, so the team is planning on staying until the last minute to get as much done as possible. Bag day can be the most stressful day of the year for many team members, advisors, and coaches as they try to complete our robot. However, it is also a fun time full of laughs and some sleep deprived jokes as the night progresses. Hopefully we will be able to complete our robot tonight and we will be ready for competition!

Only 6 Days Until Bag Day!

The Steel Stingers are counting down the days until Bag Day! For those of you who do not know what Bag Day is, it is the last day to finish working on our robot; we have to put the robot in a bag and we cannot open it until our March competitions. We are looking forward to seeing the innovations of other teams and hopefully we can experience gracious professionalism during the fierce competition. 

Build Season Grind Time

When team members watch the sky grow dark from the library windows and become close friends with the third shift janitorial staff, there can only be one explanation: build season is in session!

That’s right, team 2603 has upgraded from sketches and training. In the zenith of prototypes and whiteboards of calculations, all hands are on deck. After the 2019 challenge release on January 5th, members have been pooling resources, ideas, and, of course, snacks, to come up with the best possible plan of action.

Not to say that obstacles haven’t compromised idealist attempts: physical limitations have occasionally been breached and weight limits exceeded, to name a few comeuppances. Nonetheless, we have come together to power through like a motor at full capacity to rethink, redesign, and remodel old trials, ultimately putting ourselves on track for a successful build season.

Yet, the progress of this robotics team couldn’t come without the generous support from our sponsors. A huge thank you from our team to all the individuals who make robotics here at Highland a FIRST priority for dedicated students.

Stay tuned for calendar raffle and build progress updates as we approach competition, ready to face the challenge head on.


Quade Mainzer


Our first week of build sessions is coming to an end, only five more weeks to go!! Our electrical team is doing some great work on this year’s frame (the base of our robot) and wiring our new wheels for competition! Hopefully these new wheels will make our robot much faster than last year, and we can move around the playing field more easily.


Today our team is meeting for the last time before winter break. Our next meeting is on January 5th, kickoff to the whole season. We will meet in the Highland Public Library and watch FIRST game reveal where we will learn what challenges our robot will face at competitions. Today our business team is brainstorming some fun fundraiser ideas for this season. Don’t forget about our calendar raffle! Our first winners will be drawn at our kickoff. Our mechanical team is working on using some new wheels and testing them out so they will be ready for the new season. Finally, our underclassmen programmers are learning how to write code for the joysticks that control our robot.

// Programmer’s Notes

Reporting to you from computer 3 on the left wing in the second learning lab, our first robotics meeting is officially underway! Returning members have recruited like college sports coaches for new faces with a proclivity for mechanical mastering, programming prowess, electrical excellence, and business brilliance. Today, we see that all of their efforts have paid off, with a plethora of new members showing up to see what Team 2603 is all about. From LabView challenges to tips with wiring, this First Robotics Team is not holding back in what they exhibit to potential teammates. Even though we are wrapping up here in the lab, a fresh new season is just getting started!

For now,

Quade Mainzer

Aspiring Programmer and Blog Connoisseur

HAB Pig Roast

Last week our team was able to show off our robot at the Highland High School HAB pig roast. Thank you to everyone who came and saw us and purchased raffle tickets! Congratulations to Gerrie Lebus who won the chance to be a millionaire lottery ticket raffle!