Tuesday, 13 December 2016

ARGS Robotics Team (ART) Booster Club Silent Auction!

A special thank you to Mary and Sylvia Bean who coordinated and did the hard legwork to make this event a success!!

ART Booster Club raised over $700 at a silent auction last Friday (12/9/2016) night for the robotics team!  A big thank you to the Steam Bell Beer Works in Midlothian for hosting the silent auction and all of the sponsors and parents who donated items!

ART Booster Club

Jen's Cut'n Curl

Getting Ready for Tech Expo 2017

ARGSTech Advanced Engineering - from Design to Implementation this semester

Designing and building a working air hockey table.

Building and painting a giant Connect 4.

Creating a giant Pin-Art from 1,000 wooden dowels.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

VCU Engineers2B Day 2016!

Third Annual Engineers2B Day at VCU

For the third year, VCU hosted ARGS freshman Tech majors for a day of engineering activities!  This year, the students got the opportunity to work in teams to program robots, learned about admissions to the VCU Engineering School, and spoke with a panel of current VCU engineering students.  

It was a great day and the students learned a lot!  Thank you to the VCU School of Engineering for all of the hospitality!  

Rolls Royce 2016!

Senior Field Trip to Rolls Royce Crosspointe

For the second year in a row, Rolls Royce Crosspointe generously allowed our senior Tech majors to visit their state-of-the-art Prince George, Virginia facility.  The students learned about the company's manufacturing processes and career opportunities.

Thank you again to the great people at Rolls Royce for offering such a wonderful experience for our students!

Monday, 10 October 2016

Virtual Reality is HERE!

Say "Hello!" to ARGSTech's new HTC Vive!

Senior Applied Programming students have begun working on VR programs for the HTC Vive using Unity!  Be sure to come to the annual ARGS Tech Expo on May 31, 2017 to try it out!!!

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Saturday, 24 September 2016

A.R.T. Continues Its Winning Streak!

A.R.T. Wins an Off-Season Scrimmage and a Really Cool Trophy!

Congratulations to the ARGS Robotics Team (A.R.T.) for winning its first off-season scrimmage!  This contest not only had the students driving the robot, the parents had to drive as well! 

This almost five feet tall trophy could not have found a better home than ARGS!

Senior Techies Ready to Take Charge!

Class of 2017!! 

The senior  Tech Majors ran their first Technology focus area meeting this week!  The students created their own agenda and took it upon themselves to try to make sure that our new Techies felt welcome! They also managed to have a bit of fun!


Fantastic New Teacher

Please welcome Ms. Jenifer Lowery to the ARGS Technology Department!  Ms. Lowery has been teaching art for over 17 years, but she also has an educational background in civil engineering, and professional experience in construction, and interior design!  She is teaching Technology 1, Infinity Project, and the brand new Architectural Design class.  She is also co-coaching the ARGS Robotics Team (A.R.T.) and will be the TSA mentor this year!

We are very excited to have her join the ARGS Family!

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

ARGSTech & Virginia STAR 2016!

Thanks to a grant from Virginia STAR, ARGSTech was able to deliver refurbished computers to two very deserving organizations!!  

Special thanks to sophomore Tech major Jonathan Morrison, who took the lead on the project this year!!

Carson Youth Empowerment Center in Dinwiddie County.

The Carson Youth Empowerment Center received five refurbished desktops for their program!  The center provides affordable before and after school care for children in rural Dinwiddie County.  The center not only provides homework help, it provides lessons in social skills, meals in the evenings, as well as summer programs. 

This amazing not-for-profit organization is a family organization and is run primarily on donations and grants!  Please consider helping them as they help others!

NB Clements Junior High in Prince George County

NB Clements received 10 refurbished laptops from ARGSTech!  They plan to dedicate the laptops for use in their special education program!  They will also be looking into joining the Virginia STAR program next year!

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

ARGSTech Featured in SEAPOWER Magazine!!

After ARGS exhibited at the Naval STEM Expo at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center on May 16, 2016, the Augmented Reality sandboxes were featured in an article about the event!  

Thank you to the Navy League for inviting us to exhibit at this amazing expo!!

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Sunday, 24 April 2016

ARGS TECH EXPO - May 6, 2016!!!

Please join us at the annual
ARGS Tech Expo 2016
Friday, May 6, 2016, 4-7pm!  

Entrance is FREE and we will be selling concessions as a fundraiser for next year!

This year's Tech Expo will include the following (weather permitting):

  • Our AMAZING Robotics Team (A.R.T.)

  • 2nd Annual Bridge Competition (this year with our very own bridge tester built by Advanced Engineering students!)

  • Augmented Reality Sandboxes

  • Binary Adding Machines

  • An 8' x 4' Oobleck pool (thanks to ARGO for donating the required 800 pounds of cornstarch!!)

  • Computer Games

  • ...and many other student projects!

Monday, 4 April 2016

Help A.R.T. get to the Worlds in Saint Louis!!

Donate to help A.R.T. get to the FIRST World Championship in Saint Louis, Missouri!  The team has done the work, the robot absolutely ROCKS, but WE NEED THE FUNDS to help the team get to Saint Louis, Missouri!!  The funds are for transportation, hotel, and meals for the students who have worked EXTREMELY hard for this season's FIRST challenge!

Thursday, 24 March 2016

District Event Champs ARGS Robotics Team (A.R.T.) in Action!!

Watch A.R.T.'s Championship robot (5546) tear up the defenses and "climb" the tower at the FIRST Robotics Chesapeake District Hampton Roads Event!  A.R.T. served as the captain of the winning alliance and the team scored an event high of 162 points!

Want to watch the Doswell event LIVE?  Use the link below!


The Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology Robotics Team (A.R.T.) 5546 were the Winners of the FIRST Robotics Chesapeake District - Hampton Roads Event on March 18-20, 2016.  In just its second year of FIRST Robotics competition, A.R.T. served as the captain of the winning alliance and earned 162 points, the highest team score of the competition.  Winning this event has guaranteed A.R.T. a spot at the FIRST Chesapeake District Championship in College Park, Maryland.  A.R.T. is currently ranked #17 in the Chesapeake District and will be competing at the Central Virginia Event in Doswell, Virginia on March 24-26, 2016.

Last year, A.R.T. won the Rookie All-Star Award at the Regional Competition in Richmond, Virginia and attended the worldwide FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Missouri.  Because of the team’s current high ranking in the district, A.R.T. fully expects to attend the worldwide FIRST Championship on April 27-30, 2016, but we need to raise $20,000 for travel and hotel expenses for the team to make this happen!

Our current sponsors include the following:


We are actively seeking team sponsorship. Below are a list of benefits.

Bronze Sponsor $50+

  • addition to emailing list for our monthly newsletter
  • name of company featured on website and in newsletter

Silver Sponsor $100+

  • Bronze sponsor benefits
  • company name and logo on our team website and in newsletter
  • company name and logo on our team banners

Gold Sponsor $500+

  • Bronze and Silver Sponsor benefits
  • Company logo on our robot in small font

Platinum Sponsor $1000+

  • Silver, and Bronze Sponsor benefits
  • company name and logo on our robot in large font

For further information, please contact Mr. Jason Taylor at jtaylor@args.us or 804-722-0200 ext. 016. Visit argsrobotics.com for more information!!

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Monday, 14 March 2016

2016 STEM Symposium

ARGS exhibits Augmented Reality Sandboxes!

Some of the students with the Washington Nationals mascot!

ARGS had the amazing opportunity to be an exhibitor at the 2016 STEM Symposium in Herndon, Virginia last Saturday.  We were proud to exhibit with high-profile rganizations, including Hewlett Packard, NASA, the Department of Homeland Security, FIRST Robotics, George Mason University, and the Children's Science Center, along with many others, for over 2,500 attendees!  Thanks so much to our sponsors Callbox, Inc.,  the donors of Donors Choose, and Titan Mid-Atlantic Aggregates for making this possible!

Student with US Congressman Gerry Connelly. Credit: Eric deKenipp

ARGS students did a wonderful job presenting and explaining the technology behind the AR Sandboxes and the A.R.T. robot!  It is safe to say that the ARGS exhibit was a huge hit!  Everyone from a sitting United States Congressman to NASA's Associate Administrator for Education stopped by, played in the sand, and talked with our techies!  ARGS students were so impressive that they even got invited to exhibit the sandboxes at future events in the Washington, DC area!

Read what some of the students had to say about the experience!

At the Tech Symposium, we demonstrated the Augmented Reality sandboxes. I showed the sandbox to children and parents, and important figures such as the Congressman. People were very enthusiastic and excited to play with the sandbox and understand how it functions. Beyond our exhibit, there were many interesting booths and setups such as Homeland Security and NASA, whom were distributing very interesting information about their programs and internships they had to offer. All in all it was a very educational and enriching experience.

I had a great experience at the Tech Symposium.  There were many great booths with information and interactive displays.  These included the DIA, Veracore, and Homeland security.  We were there to display our Augmented Reality (AR) sandboxes.  They were a hit!  Kids and adults alike, both loved to play in the sand and watch the image change.  We met other educators interested in using our AR sand boxes and possibly building their own.  I think we represented ARGS well and definitely made our presence known.  I hope to participate in other events in the future.

The STEM Symposium was an amazing opportunity to show off what the tech department at our school has done. Everyone who visited us was interested in the robot and the sandboxes, and could learn about our school and tech expo. Astronaut Dr. Sandy Magnus even attended and gave an intriguing presentation. It was also a great opportunity for networking, the Department of Homeland Security, Defense Intelligence Agency, Vencore, and many others were there and offered information for internships and scholarships.