"In a world, powered by steam, a quest awaits teams of adventurers. Unite your crew... ready your contraption... and prepare to take flight!" -FIRST Robotics Competition
FIRST STEAMWORKS - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMiNmJW7enI (View this link to see the 2017 Field we plan to build.)
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THIS KICKSTARTER?
Last year, we built a practice field for the 2016 game "Stronghold". (See the video at the top of the page about last season). With the combined efforts of students, mentors, and parents, the field was not only used to practice our robots, but allowed other nearby teams to come over and practice. Several of these teams include, but are not limited to:
- CMA Wolfbots (Team 5508) - http://careermagnetacademy.com/?p=362
- Knoxville Catholic Robotichauns (Team 2393) - http://www.knoxvillecatholic.com/parents-students/robotics-team/
- Webb Robotics (Team 1466) - http://www.webbrobotics.org/
- Halls Red Nation Robitics (Team 4576) - https://twitter.com/rnr4576?lang=en
- L&N STEMpunks (Team 3966) - http://lnstempunks.org/
- CHS RoboDragons (Team 4630) - https://twitter.com/chsrobodragons?lang=en
And this upcoming season, we expect many more teams to visit and practice (up to 29 teams)!
We constructed the field to follow all guidelines listed in the Stronghold Game Manual. The field itself consisted of 5 major areas:
- The Courtyard which sits between the defenses and the castle tower
- The Outer Works which held 5 defenses for opposing teams to cross
- The Neutral Zone, located at the center of the field where robots first start
- The Secret Passage, allowing for quick movement between the neutral zone and courtyard
- The Spy Box, allocated for 1 human player on each alliance.
Along with each area of the field, we built many other major implementations of the field:
- All 9 defenses (2 of Low-Bar, 1 of each other defense)
- 2 Castle Towers
A full documentation of the 2016 field and game pieces can be found in the Game Manual here: http://hufsd.edu/assets/pdfs/schools/hhs/2016/robotics_stronghold_1.pdf
The funding of this project would not only allow us to build a field and let teams in the Knox County region to practice freely before competitions, but would promote outreach and gracious professionalism in the community.
(Note: Any sponsors are also free to visit the field anytime, and see what our team has been up to.)
WHO ARE WE?
We are Flagship 3140, a FIRST(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team, located in the town of Farragut near Knoxville, TN. Each year, our team has six weeks to design and build a robot used to compete in FIRST competitions around the country. Last year our team participated in the Rock City and Smoky Mountain Regionals, earning 3rd and 6th respectively, as well as running two robots in our off-season competition at Battle for the Bluegrass, winning both 2nd and 3rd place.
Teamwork is a big reason for our success so far. Our team grows each year. This year, we are around 50 members strong, guided by various mentors consisting of teachers, professional engineers, and parent mentors. We learn and work hard to achieve success. Each member also brings a wide array of skills and expertise.
"The mission of the Farragut Flagship FIRST Robotics Team is to let students explore all areas of education and to work with mentors to share and apply knowledge of engineering, business, and leadership skills through a fun, hands-on experience. As a team, members work toward a common goal of designing, building, marketing, and operating a competitive robot in a business-like environment while supporting the ideals of FIRST. As a member of the FIRST family, you’ll learn to perform high-quality, well-informed work while learning and competing intensely, but treating one another with respect and kindness in the process – this is called 'Gracious Professionalism'. You will also enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that you have acted with integrity and empathy. FIRST is not just about robots; it’s about ideas and people, too."
Any questions, comments, or concerns? Contact Us:
FIRST is a worldwide robotics competition started by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989. "The goal of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership."
For more about FIRST, visit their website at http://www.firstinspires.org/ .
Remember: The funding of this project would not only allow us to build a field and let teams in the Knox County region to practice freely before competitions, but would promote outreach and gracious professionalism in the community.
Risks and challenges
In accordance with FIRST rules, our team has 6 weeks to design, build, and test our robot for each competition. However, in order to fully test robots, the field would need to be complete in about half the time, or 2-3 weeks.
Alongside time limits, build materials and volunteers are also needed. We were surprised by the complexity and the cost of building last years practice field, and this years field appears to be as difficult.
However, with the large number of both mentors and parents aboard the team and remaining supplies from last year, and your help wiith funding new materials, we are confident in our abilities to complete the field in time for both us and other teams.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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