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About Robovikes

Robovikes: Igniting Minds, Engineering Futures, and Conquering Robotics Arenas!

As proud members of the Robovikes, a dynamic and student-led high school robotics team, we’re all about diving headfirst into the exciting world of robotics and innovation. Our playground? The FIRST Robotics competitions – where our drive to achieve our goals and passion for all things STEM truly shine.

Imagine this: a bunch of us high schoolers, each with our own unique skills and talents, coming together with a shared mission – to design, build, and program robots that can take on challenges and come out on top. Yeah, it’s as awesome as it sounds.

Let’s talk about the heart of what we do: engineering. We’re not just putting pieces together randomly; we’re strategizing, analyzing, and designing robots that can tackle specific tasks. It’s like a puzzle, but one where each piece we put together brings us closer to that mind-blowing moment when our robot springs to life. We’re talking about brainstorming sessions that could rival a sci-fi movie plot, with ideas flying left and right, all aiming for that “a-ha” moment.

And oh, coding – the language of the future. We’re not just typing lines of text; we’re creating the brains of our robots. It’s like giving life to a machine, teaching it to think, move, and react. Languages like Python, Java, or C++ become our tools of choice, and trust me, it’s like learning a secret language that unlocks a world of possibilities. Whether it’s making our robot dance or navigate through obstacles, coding is the spellbook that brings our creations to life.

But hold on, it’s not all gears and lines of code. We’re also flexing our business muscles. Yeah, you heard that right – business. We’re not just tech nerds; we’re future CEOs and project managers. We dive into the nitty-gritty of project management, fundraising, and even marketing. It’s like running a mini-tech startup within our school walls. Because let’s face it, even the most amazing robot needs a solid strategy to conquer the competition.

STEM – science, technology, engineering, and math – that’s our jam. We’re not just embracing it; we’re practically hugging it tight. It’s a lifestyle, a way of thinking that seeps into every part of our team. It’s that late-night discussion about the latest tech trends, that intense debate about the future of robotics, and that shared excitement over a breakthrough in our project. STEM isn’t just subjects in school; it’s the driving force behind everything we do.

And then there are the competitions. Oh man, the competitions. They’re like the Super Bowl of our year. Picture this: our robot, the culmination of countless hours of hard work and teamwork, facing off against other brilliant creations in an arena that buzzes with energy. It’s not just about winning; it’s about showing the world what we’re made of – the endless possibilities that open up when passionate minds come together.

So yeah, the Robovikes isn’t just a robotics team. It’s a family of thinkers, creators, and dreamers who are shaping the future, one robot at a time. We’re not just building machines; we’re building a legacy. And that’s something we’re darn proud of.

Team History

Evolution of Innovation: Exploring Robovikes' Team History!

Discover the remarkable evolution of the Robovikes, from our humble beginnings to our current standing as pioneers in the world of robotics. Dive into the archives to witness our journey of innovation, teamwork, and unending passion for STEM.

  • 2009

    Robovikes founded when Joe Kane from The Label Printers approached Geneva Community High School about forming a team to compete in the annual FIRST Robotics competition. World History and Psychology teacher Mrs. Mary Keyzer stepped up to run the club with her husband, Mr. Kevin Keyzer, a ceramics engineer.

  • 2016

    PLTW teacher Mrs. Jennifer Arnett stepped up to fill the role of team mentor.

  • 2017

    Mr. Ken Wilson, parent of a team member joined as a mentor. Mr. Wilson has been involved with the FIRST organization for over 10 years and participated in FIRST Lego League and FIRST Tech Challenge with.

  • 2018

    Math teacher Mr. Eric Simoncelli replaced Ms. Arnett as mentor. In that year the team procured a lot of new equipment including a mill/lathe allowing the team to manufacture custom parts.

  • 2019

    Business teacher Ms. Kelly Aceto replace Mr. Simoncelli as mentor. In that year the team improved their CAD skills which improved the design and building process which took them to a semifinal match in the regional tournament for the first time in many years.

  • 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic forced the team to participate in a virtual event where the team improved their autonomous and vision coding skills in preparation for the following years events.

  • 2021

    Added a new CNC machine to our shop which has helped us to cut out custom designed parts!

  • 2022

    Hoping to build upon our recent successes in the past few years and take our new found technology and knowledge to advance to the World Championship!

  • 2023

    Received a grant from the Geneva Academic Foundation to purchase new equipment and materials to allow us to keep our 2022 robot for demo purposes to junior high students and to use for events such as Homecoming and half-time shows.

Previous Years

Looking Back: A Recap of Our Remarkable Previous Years!

In our “Previous Years” section, we offer a compelling glimpse into the achievements and milestones that have defined the Robovikes’ journey through time. Explore the challenges we’ve conquered, the innovations we’ve introduced, and the competitions that have tested our mettle. Join us on this retrospective adventure, celebrating the continuous growth and progress of our dedicated robotics team.

Team Wishlist

Explore Our Wishlist and Help Power Our Robotics Journey!

Every year, we embark on the exciting journey of constructing a brand-new robot for our competitions. To make the most of our limited funding, we carefully disassemble and salvage numerous components from the previous year’s robot. This sustainable approach allows us to retain each year’s robot for demonstrations in the following year while we tirelessly work on crafting our latest creation. Furthermore, we maintain a stockpile of spare parts to ensure we’re well-prepared in the event of occasional breakdowns, a common occurrence in the heat of competition. Lastly, as technology continues to advance, we continually adapt by integrating new types of components to keep our robots on the cutting edge.