SEC meets at the High Sierra Grill (formerly the E-Bar), 521 Firestone Road -- off Hollister Avenue just west of Fairview.
See meal choices below. Please RSVP and choose your meal. Pay now by credit card, or at the door with cash or check.


Wednesday July 13, 2016
from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM PST

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High Sierra Grill in Goleta 
521 Firestone Road
Goleta, CA 93111

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Cheryl Ebner 
Science & Engineering Council of Santa Barbara 
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Riviera Robot at work 2016

The Riviera Robot at Work


07-13-16 Under the Hood: Team 5818's FIRST Robot 

Our July Presentation:
A new FIRST Robotics team, Riviera Robotics, was formed this year by 22 high school students. After the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy replaced its world-renowned robotics program with a Mechatronics program, these determined students wouldn't take "No" for an answer.

Students from multiple high schools banded together. Within 6 months, they had applied for 501(c)(3) status, raised over $40,000, secured a build facility (a barn), and found a machine shop. They stayed up until midnight designing, machining, and coding a competitive robot for the FIRST Robotics competition. This year they competed at the Ventura regionals and finished as finalists. They then went on to Boise, Idaho and were the top rookie team, which allowed them to compete in the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis.

The game, FIRST Stronghold, required robots to breach their opponent's fortifications--including a portcullis, drawbridge, and moat--and shoot balls into and climb the opponent's castle. Come see their robot up close, watch it in action, and learn about the design choices made in developing it.
Riviera Robotics Team 2016
Please RSVP by the Monday before the meeting:
This gives the restaurant some notice on food amounts and results in faster service. You can pay in advance, or at the door. When registering, make a meal choice.

Meal Choices:
All meals are the same price. Please choose one when you register, to provide a count for the restaurant. Pay when you register or at the door.

  • Tri-Tip Sandwich
  • Smoked Turkey-Bacon Sandwich
  • High Sierra Chicken-Apple-Pecan Salad
  • Veggie Sandwich on Toast
Drinks: Lemonade, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, iced tea, water.

This meeting is sponsored in part by
Community West Bank

For information about the Science & Engineering Council.
visit the SEC web page at

From our Co-Presidents Tim Murphy and Gary Kravetz: 

Plan now for upcoming SEC meetings!

Aug 10: State of Technical Employment in Santa Barbara
SEC's own Gary Kravetz moderates a panel from local companies.

Sep 14: Stephen Scopatz, Electro Optical Industries,
"IR and Visible Camera Testing"