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 or 804-722-0200 ext. 016. Visit 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.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Water Flow!!!

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, our AR Sandbox now has the water flow simulation working!  Check it out below!

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

ARGSTech Exhibits at DC Area STEM Symposium!!

The ARGS Technology Department will be exhibiting the Augmented Reality Sandboxes at the 3rd Annual STEM Symposium in Herndon, Virginia!

ARGS will be exhibiting alongside First Robotics, the Children's Science Center, as well as other high-profile organizations!!  This is a FREE all-day event for K-12 students, teachers, corporations, government, and the general public!

Please join us if you can!

What's happening at ARGS?

The Introduction to Engineering class had a small toothpick-sourpatchkid-gumdrop-swedishfish bridge competition.  The students built their bridges and tested them in round 1.  Then they got the chance to re-design the bridges for round 2. 

Congrats to the winners!

Round 1:  Abby & Nick (1600grams)
Round 2:  Collin & Dy'mond (1600 grams)
Most Improved:  Aimee & Miriam (improvement of 420 grams)