We love inspiring others to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math!

Summer Camp - Interested in Robotics, but not the stress of deadlines or the responsibility of commitment? Come to our shop this summer to work on special Summer projects including a Mascot Robot and a foam-dart shooting robot! See the Panda Calendar!

August Coach Workshop - TBD
    This August, we're hosting a workshop to help new coaches for FLL and FTC Teams in the upcoming season! Stay tuned for further updates!

2016 Summer Camp

posted Jun 4, 2016, 2:56 PM by Red Beard Pandas   [ updated Jun 11, 2016, 3:19 PM ]

This Summer, we have Fun Projects for All Ages!

The Tuxedo Pandas, in the spirit of our Month-Long May Workshop in previous years, are bringing some fun in the sun shop with our newest robot projects! We're looking for kids 12 and up to come in and work with us on our Summer Robot Projects, including a new Mascot and a Steampunk Machine!

Kids, Parents, and Coaches Welcome!Our Summer Shop hours are 4-6PM on Fridays and 1-6PM on Saturdays. Parents and kids are both welcome (though kids under 12 cannot work on the robot with us for safety reasons, as well as the fact that FTC is aimed at Grades 7-12). If your child is here, we'd love to have parent help and mentorship here at the shop, regardless of whether you have engineering experience.

Planning out Butler 2.0

Work on the Steampunk Machine will begin as the Butler nears completion. We're also looking for talented artists, as we're working on some Outreach mats, knick-knacks to hand out at competition, and possibly some merch! Our two big summer robot projects are also going to need a lot of decorating.

    As of Saturday June 11th, our Butler bot is really coming together! We've got the basics for most of the parts, but we've definitely got a long ways to go! We've got work left on every area - the Drive Train, the Torso, the Head, and of course the mechanisms all need work. However, parts of the frame - the torso to the midsection - are nearly ready to attach, and we've got basic designs for just about the full frame. After that, its on to the various features and, of course, the arms!

China Trip Fundraising & Events

posted Jun 4, 2016, 2:49 PM by Red Beard Pandas   [ updated Dec 22, 2016, 6:30 AM ]


WDBJ7 News

The Tuxedo Pandas are pleased to announce, that we have been invited by China FIRST to be FIRST ambassadors at the World Robotics Conference in Beijing, China, November 23-25 (www.worldrobotconference.com/en/Home/).

Jointly held by China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the event will include a forum, an exhibition and an international robot competition for teenagers.

Germany, the United States and Japan will deliver reports on such topics as robot research and technology development, and the latest products and research findings will be showcased during the three-day event.

Organizers estimate that some 40,000 people will take part in the conference.

During the competition part of the event, 130 teams from more than 10 countries and regions will be representing WRO, VEX and FIRST (FTC and FRC).

The FTC competition will be with the 2014-2015 theme: Cascade effect, with the new android platform.

The Tuxedo Pandas FTC team 4924, as well as Green Girls FTC team 7190 are the only 2 foreign teams selected so far. 4 more international teams will come to join the 12 FTC teams present at the event (6 from China and 6 from around the world).

If you would like to help, any donations will be greatly appreciated (click on the donate button on the left!). 

We are going to have several fundraiser events (please check our calendar for more info): 

August 15: Yard sale (need to clean up the attic?).

August 23: Bake Sale at Kroger on Main.

August 29: Parents' Night out (need 3 hours of peace and quiet?)

September 16: come to Wendy's from 5:00pm to 8:00 pm at 701 North Main Street Blacksburg,VA. A % of all sales will be donated for our trip to China.

September 19: Parents' Night Out second edition!

Girl Scout Robotics Badge

posted Sep 5, 2015, 3:10 PM by Laura Hole   [ updated Sep 6, 2015, 3:55 PM by Red Beard Pandas ]

 Calling all the FIRST teams for help!

The Tuxedo Pandas are proud to publish our Girl Scout program for the Robotics Badge. We have designed and tested programs suitable for Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors.

We would love to cooperate with FIRST teams to help us branch out to Girl Scout Troops all over the United States. If you are interested in hosting your own Robotics Session with your local Girl Scout troop, please contact us. We can provide your team/club/troop with an illustrated 6-page guide to hosting your own robotics badge session, plus many supporting files, and information for ordering your earned badges.

During your session, if you could take a group picture and send it to the Pandas, as well as the number of girls present, we will send you a collage of all the participating teams, with the total number of girl Scouts who were introduce to Robotics, thanks to our collaborated effort, to add to your notebook.

Two girls starting their flower-delivery robot

CRC Challenge

posted Aug 15, 2015, 8:09 AM by Chloe Marchand   [ updated Sep 5, 2015, 8:19 AM by Red Beard Pandas ]

We've designed this challenge for a way to say thank you to the Corporate Research Center for providing our space and for promoting teamwork within the companies. With a small lego robot, teams will be performing a variety of missions all themed around the aspects of the companies in the CRC. 

CRC Challenge

Pandas in the News

posted Jun 6, 2015, 10:18 AM by Red Beard Pandas

Story & Video on Richmond PBS/NPR WCVE 3/7/13 - The "Science Matters" video at the bottom is a great 2 minute synopsis of the State Tournament

Follow-up on WSLS-10: See Tuxedo Pandas with Will.i.am - 5/6/2013

Will.i.am at the 2011 World Championship - see what a World Championship looks like - it's a VERY big deal! The Edward Jones dome fills up, and for 4 days, there are more geeks per square meter than a Star Trek convention! Celebrating science, technology, engineering & math (STEM), in a competitive, cooperative super-fest of robotics, from 1st through 12th grade.

Headed to the Virginia Championship!

posted Feb 20, 2015, 11:18 AM by New River Robotics Association   [ updated Feb 20, 2015, 11:24 AM by Red Beard Pandas ]

We had a fantastic time at both the Richmond Qualifier and the Richlands Qualifier. Our Richlands Qualifier earned us a spot to the Virginia State FTC Championship, which will be held February 28th in Richmond. Pandas are hard at work, both on robot improvements and driver practice to make this a high-scoring event! Pictured is the Winning Alliance from the Richlands Qualifier: the Techie Tornadoes team 5414 as the Alliance Captain, Evil Purple Sox 8498, and Tuxedo Pandas, 4924.
The winning alliance, Richlands Virginia, January 10, 2015

Roanoke-Blacksburg FLL Tournament

posted Sep 13, 2014, 11:48 AM by Laura Hole   [ updated Feb 20, 2015, 11:29 AM by Red Beard Pandas ]

Tuxedo Pandas on Stage to congratulate FLL winners
The new website is now up!!
Visit it at www.rbfll.org

Motivate Award: FTC East Super Regionals!

posted Apr 19, 2014, 12:22 PM by Henry Bass   [ updated Apr 19, 2014, 12:24 PM by Red Beard Pandas ]

We were selected as the Motivate award winners, representing the #9 ranking out of 72 teams.  AND THAT GETS US TO THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, 2014!!!  We are so excited that our uniforms, panda theme, outreach and dancing inspired our community and fellow teams.  

Ethan starts a flash mob at FTC East

Inspire Winner, Virginia 2013-2014

posted Apr 14, 2014, 7:52 PM by Henry Bass   [ updated Apr 14, 2014, 7:52 PM by Red Beard Pandas ]

We won the Inspire Award, the top award at the Virginia State Tournament March 3rd! This gets us to the new competition this year, the East Super-Regional in York, PA on April 3-5.  GO PANDAS!

2013 Block Party- headed to Virginia State!

posted Dec 15, 2013, 6:25 PM by Henry Bass   [ updated Dec 15, 2013, 6:32 PM by Red Beard Pandas ]

The new year brings a new FTC Challenge: FTC Block Party!  The Tuxedo Pandas are now 10 members strong with 5 girls and 5 boys.  We built a skinny robot as our strategy to allow two robots to hang on the pullup bar simultaneously. We thought the strategy was obvious, but sadly we were the only such team of 43 competitors at the Richmond Regional Qualifier.  Nevertheless, we squeaked into the semifinals, and pulled off a second-place for the Inspire award. That earned us a spot in the state competition! 
You can see from the photo that there's room for another one just to the right.  We're 11" wide instead of the maximum allowed 18". 
Panda robot hanging on the pullup bar- room for another!

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