Senior Sail Away 2021-2022

Tears were shed at this year’s Robotics end-of-year party. We had sentimental senior awards, messy water balloon fights, and intense volleyball games! It was a great way to have one final goodbye before sending our seniors off to wherever takes them next, whether they be collegebound or other. We loved being able to celebrate our seniors and honor how much they have done for our club during their time here!

Courtesy of Alli Wang

All enjoyed games such as the childhood favorite, tag, and monkey-bar fun. You can see the irony there! Overall, it was a great way to have fun as a club and discover new talents, who knew nerds were so good at volleyball?

Not only was it a great time for members, but a great team-building and morale-lifting event where we were able to connect as a club outside of just our time working on bots. It’s always great to know our members outside of their professional reign and work with others outside of our own teams. After a season of hard work and constant bot adjustments, the club enjoyed the day of celebration and relaxation.

Courtesy of Alli Wang

At the end of our picnic, we had an awards ceremony for senior awards (seniors only) and funny awards (club-wide):

Vinidu Geevaratne, “Best Builder”
Tevin Hendess, “Best Driver”
Kevin Toren, “Most Screws Stripped”
Jin Cho, “Most Likely to Break a Gear”
Cindy Kim, “Most Likely to Sleep at Robotics”
Matt Fellenz, “Most Likely to Hoard Parts”

All pictures courtesy of Alli Wang.

STEAM Fair @ Guadalupe & Oster

We had a wonderful time today at the Union School District STEAM Fair! We had simultaneous showcases at Guadalupe & Oster Elementary school.

At Guadalupe, we were amazed by the young students’ abilities to drive our robots, play with Snapcircuits, and draw with Spirographs.

At Oster, we absolutely enjoyed teaching younger students to drive our various robots, including JV’s soccer robot, A Team’s competition robot, and Drawbots. In addition, we brought some fun toys for the children to play with, such as Tinker toys and a hydraulic arm.

At both sites, elementary schoolers learned to drive our competition robots and Drawbots. Parents were left curious of how to get their children to join robotics programs and delighted by our multiple activities.

Guadalupe Elementary School, Photo credit/Alli Wang
Oster Elementary School, Photo Credit/Barbara Schremp

Guadalupe Elementary School, James Gardner and Tevin Hendess
Oster Elementary School, Courtesy of Sara Dediu

Next stop: Bagby Elementary School on May 6

CUHSD Hackathon 2022

Our 3rd annual hackathon was a major success full of coding and quackery!

We had 90 participants and 27 teams with attendees from every school in the district. The winning team, Branham’s Matt Fellenz and Kevin Toren, created an app to turn handwriting into Google documents along with scraping from Google Drive. Six other Branham students were in the top 5 teams: Sherry, Eric, Cooper, Evelyn, Nathan, Tevin, Justin, Brad.

The event occurred on Sunday march 20th from 9am – 9pm. Bionic Bruin alumnus and current Branham students taught coding workshops to participants. Thanks to Figma and PTSA we were able to provide both lunch and dinner to all attendees and volunteers. We also gave rubber ducks to all participants so they could rubber ducky debug. We were delighted by the creativity and ingenuity of the entries.

Thank you to all those who participated or helped to make our event happen in any capacity. We hope to see you next year!

Courtesy of Bear Witness

VEX @ Ceres High School!

We had a blast at Ceres High School! Our B team won first place during the qualification round , debuting their new hydraulic-powered 4 bar arm. A and B team allied with one another, finishing off at 8th place during the quarterfinals. A, B, and X team showed wonderful teamwork, talent, and had amazing robots. We are so proud of our Varsity members.

VEX Bellarmine

We had a wonderful time at the Bellarmine in November! Our B team won the Judge’s award and our A team marvelled in 3 out of 6 rounds.

We can’t wait to compete again on February 12 at Ceres High School.

Photo credit: Vinidu Geevaratne

Winter Wishes

The Winter Wishes is an annual Branham tradition in which leadership grants wishes requested by students throughout the winter months. Throughout the weeks running up until finals small wishes are granted, such as having cookies or donuts delivered to class, but the larger wishes are saved for the Winter Wishes rally.

This year, students wished for the recognition of our club advisors, Mrs. Schremp and Mr. Turner, due to the time and effort that they contribute to our club. At the rally they were recognised with a video put together by the club and leadership, along with flowers and a gift card.

The ceremony ended with leadership granting a $600 cheque to the Bionic Bruins in order to help cover club expenses.

To learn more about Winter Wishes, check out the NBC Bay Area article about the event.

Bellarmine Vex Tourney

A, B, X, and G teams participated in a competition hosted at Bellarmine College Preparatory on November 17th. All teams are now applying what they learned from this competition in order to improve and update their robot in preparation for the next competition.

Club Rush

To drive club sign ups, Branham High School hosts “Club Rush” where all the clubs of the school advertise themselves and sell food.

Bionic Bruins continued their tradition of selling nachos, and garnered almost 40 sign ups.


Turning Point

The VEX 2018-19 season competition was recently announced with the release of the annual promo video. This year: “Turning Point.” Teams compete in a series of technical challenges involving disk flipping, ball shooting, plus a low-key robot wars scramble for limited parking space near the end of the clock.