We are a competitive robotics team comprised of students from Zachary High School who use our varied skills and interests to build and program a robot from the ground up. Each competition season we have to design a new robot to accomplish that year's unique tasks. The tasks are announced in January, and we have 6 weeks to work together to create a working robot. Success requires us to work together to solve problems we could not even imagine before build season began. Often the solutions create new problems, so the cycle begins again.
We begin build season with a pile of parts -- motors, wires, metal, nuts, bolts, a battery, and some wheels -- a handful of tools, and great deal of imagination and determination. Over the 6 weeks we have to use engineering, electrical, programing, and project management skills to transform our pile into a robot. We will run into many obstacles including discovering that we need additional parts, that our design has flaws, that our program has bugs, and that time is not endless. Nonetheless we persevere. We find creative solution. We form friendships. And in the end, we celebrate our newly created robot and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment that comes with achieving a difficult goal.
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) is an international youth organization that operates the FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST LEGO League, FIRST LEGO League Jr., and FIRST Tech Challenge competitions. Founded by Dean Kamen and Woodie Flowers in 1989, its expressed goal is to develop ways to inspire students in engineering and technology fields. Its philosophy is expressed by the organization as coopertition and gracious professionalism. FIRST also operates FIRST Place, a research facility at FIRST headquarters in Manchester, New Hampshire, where it holds educational programs and day camps for students and teachers.
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Everybody has to be able to participate in a future that they want to live for. That's what technology can do.
~ Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST Robotics