This is Team 4469’s 5th year participating in the FIRST® Robotics Competition otherwise known as FRC. The team is broken into smaller teams, called sub-teams, that have many different functions. Student may choose to join one or more of the sub-teams:
Build – Fabricates and assembles the mechanical aspects of the robot as well as any field parts needed for practice.
Design – Works on the physical design of the entire robot. This sub-team sometimes breaks off and has multiple groups working on different aspects of the robot.
Programming – The team writes all code that controls the robot and operator interface. Also the programming sub-team designs and assembles the electrical layout of the robot.
Business & Media – Manages the aspects of the team that keeps the team operational. This includes fundraising, marketing, promotion, and other aspects not addressed by the other sub-teams.
During the actual competition, we have somewhat different roles, once that the robot is finished. We need to cooperate with other teams so that there is success in the next rounds that we play. This is done by our Drive Team and Lead Scout, who contact the other teams we are with to make sure we all know what our combined robot abilities are, and what we need to accomplish so that we gain the maximum amount of ranking points.
The scouting team, coordinated by the lead scout, talk to other teams before the matches to ask questions about their
robot’s capabilities. During the matches, they fill out a scoring sheet for each team and see if the team’s robot performance matches their what the team shared about their robot’s capabilities. The team gets together with the information collected by the lead scout and decide which teams would be good partners with us. Then the finals begin…
Some of the scouts help out at the pit. They interact with other teams passing by and also with judges as they come around to us. The safety manager (or team) attends the meeting at the beginning of the competition, then throughout the competition itself. The media team members go out and video record and take pictures during the competition.
We make sure that the team gets the word out to incoming freshman, to generate interest in becoming part of our team, along with their parents, who may want to be a mentor for the team or provide a variety of short term help to the team, in a variety of ways (fundraising, food, transportation, shop supervision. Everyone has a job and a role to play during each season. No one is allowed to be left behind. And that’s a mission we’d rather not fail…
Coaches and Mentors
Coaches and Mentors
Our mentors and coaches are a mixture of parents and working professionals from companies such as Boeing, Blue Origin and Aerogo. We continue to recruit and accept more mentors. Besides guiding our team in the overall design, build & programming our robot and managing our team, our mentors work with us to instill the ideals of FIRST, this includes the importance of STEM education and gracious professionalism. The companies our mentors work for also can provide matching funds for volunteer hours worked.