Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. We call Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it "the hardest fun you’ll ever have." Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand", hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting Championship.
The really cool thing about FIRST Robotics Competition is…all skill levels are welcomed and needed, technical or non-technical. Read more about team basics, time frame, commitment, and skills required. Read more
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The roles for every team are different, but for our team it is very simple. Each role does there designated duties as well as help each other where needed. Typical roles include mechanical, electrical, programming, and designing.
Contact Mr. Shuman and arrange to show up at one of our practices. You must be attending highschool or collegiate.
If you wish to contact the team, click here or go to the contact link at the top of the page.
Team members are required to show up everyday during build season, be on time (with some exceptions), work efficiently and you should never have a free moment (again with some exceptions), respect your peers, and learn something.
The most important part of build season (at least to our team) is showing up and giving the team the dedication you promised when you first signed up. Another important part of build season is working and doing what is needed. Also building the robot is pretty important.
Mechanum wheels are wheels that have rolles on them that allow the robot, or vehicle to move in every direction. Each roller has an axis of rotation that is 45°
It is a drive train that uses wheels that can move in any direction.
It is an intresting thing to learn and can be used later in life if you want to go into a career in this field.
FIRST defines a robot in the Steamworks guide book as an electromechanical assembly built by the FIRST Robotics Competition Team to perform an array of tasks.