What is FIRST?
FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a program founded by Dean Kamen to inspire students to be leaders in science and technology, innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership in students as well as build science, engineering, technology and problem solving skills. To learn more about the FIRST organization, click here.
2015 Season Has Begun
On Saturday, January 3rd, we attended the 2015 FRC game kickoff in Auburn with 41 other teams from the Pacific Northwest area, and learned that this years FIRST FRC game is Recycle Rush! We came back to our shop and had a parent potluck, showing them the game video and talking about who we are, what we do, and why we spend so many hours in the shop. On Sunday, Janurary 4th, we had a very helpful and productive strategy session with our friends FRC team 360, from Belarmine Prep, and FRC team 3393, Horns of Havoc. Then, on Monday, January 5th, we started mini-term, which is a three week period that falls between first and second semester, where we choose a single class that we wish to have all day, everyday for those entire three weeks. We chose the robotics miniterm! Now that we have all day here at the shop and the feild, our subteams can really get some work done! This week we plan to come up with a solid robot design, get our t-shirts done, and have our chairman's plan done. If you want to learn more about this year's game, look here. We're so excited!
End of Season Video
FLL Lego Camp
To view our flyer for some information on the FLL camp, view this flyer.
To sign up for the lego camp, fill out this form.
There is a limit of 16 students per session, so fill out this form as soon as possible.
Micro-term started this Monday and we have been working hard to get ready for our summer outreach. We have started planning lessons for our monthly FLL Camps and finding great resources for teaching STEM to elementary schoolers. We are also planning visits to our current sponsors and an FLL workshop before the FLL kick-off. The build team is working on a new drive-train prototype. Today we also had our first shop fire drill. It was unexpected and a really great way to learn about procedures in the event of an emergency at the school. We are very prepared now!
We were placed in the Archimedes Division in which we ranked 39th with 6 wins and 4 losses. We were chosen by the 2nd seed alliance with the captain team being FIRST Team 2907 Lion Robotics. The other teams allied with us were FIRST Team 3393 Horns of Havoc and FIRST Team 4911 CyberKnights. Our all Northwest region alliance pushed our way to the semi-finals and lost to the 3rd seed alliance.
Packing for St. Louis
In the Portland competition, we were one of twenty-four teams that qualified to go to nationals in St. Louis. We are now packing up with team 3393, Horns of Havoc, so we can compete to the best of our ability. We are excited to compete with 398 teams from all over the world. Our team will be competing on Archimedes field.