Robotics meets Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 4:00 - 6:00 pm in room 003.
Each year the Rocket Science & Astronomy Team (RSAT) participates in the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Competition.
Each year FIRST issues an engineering challenge to each FIRST program. Teams are given a standard set of parts and the game details they are to use to construct a competitive robot, that can operate autonomously as well as when guided by wireless controls, to accomplish the game's tasks. With the help of mentors and professional engineers, FIRST students then build and program their robots to compete in the challenge. Their engineering prowess is put to the test during a series of high-energy, intense robotics competitions.
Common Acronyms used in the FIRST program:
- FLL: FIRST Lego League
- FTC: FIRST Tech Challenge
- FRC: FIRST Robotic Competition
FTC & FRC are both robotics competitions. They differ in the type of robotics used.
1. What is the Connect Award?
This judged award is given to the team that most connected with their local community and the engineering community. A true FIRST team is more than a sum of its parts, and recognizes that their schools and communities play an essential part to their success. The recipient of this award is recognized for helping the community understand FIRST, the FIRST Tech Challenge, and the team itself. The team that wins this award is aggressively seeking engineers and exploring the opportunities available in the world of engineering, science and technology. In addition, this team has a clear fundraising goal and plan to achieve that goal.
Guidelines for the Connect Award
Team provides clear examples of outreach to community Team has worked to develop an in‐person or a virtual connection with the engineering, science or technology community Team has a business plan or other way of determining their fundraising needs and a plan to achieve their fundraising goal Team has a plan to give back to their community.
2. What is the Inspire Award?
FIRST Tech Challenge Inspire Award
This formally judged award is given to the team that truly embodied the ‘challenge’ of the FTC program. The team that receives this award is chosen by the judges as having best represented a ‘role model’ FIRST Tech Challenge Team. This team is a top contender for all other judging categories and is a strong competitor on the field. The Inspire Award Winner is an inspiration to other teams, acting with Gracious Professionalism™ both on and off the playing field. This team understands how to communicate their experiences and knowledge to other teams, sponsors, and the judges.
In past seasons, the winner of the Inspire Award at each Championship event received an automatic invitation to the FTC World Championship Event. Once a team has won an Inspire Award at a Championship, they are no longer eligible to win the Inspire Award at additional championship tournaments they may attend. Similarly, once a team wins an Inspire Award at a Qualifying tournament, they are no longer eligible to win the Inspire Award at subsequent Qualification tournaments.
Guidelines for the Inspire Award
Team must demonstrate respect and Gracious Professionalism both for team members and fellow teams Engineering Notebook must be submitted, and must impress the judges Team must work beyond their robot to help spread awareness of the team, FIRST, and the FIRST Tech Challenge within the community Team displays good communication and teamwork skills within the team as well as with their alliances Team communicates clearly about their robot design to the judges Team presents themselves well in the judges interview Robot effectively competes in the game challenge and impresses the judges Team and Robot consistently performs well during matches Team is a strong contender for all other judged awards.
For information on this club, contact Magi Whitaker at email@example.com.