Wednesday, March 12, 2014

March Update!

Long time since a post on the blog! 

(Heads up that most news and updates are posted on our Facebook page.)

Anyway, this season we decided to participate in the Washington FTC league, and were able to advance to  the upcoming FTC West Super-Regional Championship through receiving the 2nd Place Inspire award. It was also great to participate in our own Oregon FTC league for the last time! 

Besides the competitions, we've also been busy with helping better incorporate STEAM into our community. We've helped start new teams at our school, Lincoln High School, and we now have a total of 10 FTC teams this season! We've also helped to start and fund computer science and robotics classes at LHS, and have done demonstrations at public events. For more about the outreach we've done, click here.

We're looking forward to the tournament in Sacramento, and are excited to meet with the mix of teams that will be participating!

The Nanites (#4092) at the Washington State Championship!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

August 10 TECH Talk

On August 10th from 2-5 PM, the Nanites will be hosting a TECH Talk event at the Engineering Auditorium of Portland State’s Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science. Free and open to all, the event will be a student-driven technology conference: students will learn from professionals and present to each other. It will be an amazing opportunity for the young STEM community to see the amazing work their colleagues do, and to show of their own work to others.
2 PM - 5 PM
Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science
Engineering Building Auditorium (EB120)
1930 SW Fourth Ave.
If you are interested in presenting, please RSVP here.
For more details, email

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

TECH Talk - May!

The Nanites are organizing their first TECH Talk, set to pilot on May 4th, at Intel (Hawthorne Farm Campus Auditorium) from 1-5pm.

Everyone is invited to this STEM extravaganza - come see both professionals and students present and have fun! RSVP and learn more at the TECH Talk website.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Hosting the 2/23 OMSI Qualifier!

Live updates of match results and etc. can be found on Twitter @omsiQT!

Third week of four consecutive weeks of  robotics tournaments.

Friday 2/22 - Finished set up of auditorium, pits, and practice table at OMSI. Excited to see everyone tomorrow!

Saturday 2/23 - Successful day of running the first OMSI qualifying tournament!

Giving out "Ring It Up" themed donuts to teams that pass inspection

 Team meeting with our emcees and student tournament director!

 Food always brings the smiles.

Exciting day finishes with finalist selections and rounds!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Hood River Valley Qualifying Tournament!

Second week of four consecutive weeks of  robotics tournaments...

(Updated live from HRV High School!)

9:00am - hardware, software, field... Check, check and check! Also, free doughnuts for being the first team to clear inspection!
11:30am - finished the formal technical judging!

Heading to the field to watch matches

1:30pm - Won first three rounds... but the fishing line on scissor lift snapped. Working to fix it... this seems to be an issue.

Fixing the fishing line

2:30pm - Undefeated first seated team! (Second tournament this year being undefeated in qualifying rounds! Which hasn't happened in our last two years...)


5:00pm - After many exciting rounds, and one round where we forgot to plug in wires to the NXT (oops), we become the winning alliance with team #5938 the Loose Screws! Besides this, we also receive the Think award!

One of the final matches

Think Award!

Winning Alliance!
(excuse old banner)

This was a fun & exciting tournament, next up: the OMSI Qualifying Tournament we are hosting on Saturday, February 23rd!

Monday, February 11, 2013


Working alongside professionals, administrators, and teachers, the Nanites have put two computer science classes on the Lincoln High School's Course Guide for the 2013-2014 school year! 

Lincoln hasn't had a computer science related class in years, so this is exciting news!

View the entire course guide here. (Pg. 47 lists the CS classes)

Saturday, February 9, 2013

St. Helens Qualifying Tournament

Thus starts the first of four consecutive weeks of robotics tournaments...

At their first tournament of the season, the Nanites won all of the first five rounds of the competition and end up as captain of the second team of four in the semi-finals. Partnered in an alliance with the Tiger Team (4586) and the Dead Ringers (3535), the Nanites finish off the day by winning the game competition. Additionally, the Nanites also won the Inspire award and look forward to the qualifying tournament at Hood River next week!

Winning Alliance!

Our beautiful drivers & coach

Game on!


Feels good to see so much red.