The First Robotics Competition provides high school students with the opportunity to pursue their interests ranging from business and graphic design to engineering and technology. The competition not only enhances participants' knowledge, it encourages leadership and shapes students to become well rounded, confident individuals.
Each year around January a game manual is released describing the competition for the season. Teams gather together to discuss an optimal strategy and build a robot to suit their goals. In addition to this, they create several documents describing how their team impacts the community and create a business plan to help raise funding to support their team.
Under strict rules, limited resources, and the guidance of volunteer mentors including engineers, teachers, business professionals, parents, alumni and more, teams of 25+ students have just six weeks to build and program robots to perform challenging tasks against a field of competitors. They must also raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and perform community outreach.
Week 1 is the most important week since we determine our robot vision and strategize about tournament games. We also complete our design for our robot during this week.
During Week 2, we work on prototyping our robot with materials such as polycarbonate before making the mechanisms with metal.
In week 3, we are constructing the robot after having all parts ordered in weeks 1 and 2. During this time, programming also gets to test a semi-working robot.
In this week, we complete our robot with a goal for no last minute changes during the next 2 weeks. We also have our start working on our binders like the Business binder, Safety binder, and Construction binder.
By this week, we have a finished robot thats competition ready and driveteam starts practicing for the tournament matches.
During this last week of build season, we continue to refine our programming and driveteam practices daily to increase our efficiency during the game.
Robot Name: The Puppetmaster
Ranked 19th in the North Carolina District.
The 2018 season was our first year as an FRC team.