Play for Real!
Build season has come around again along with a new game. Team 3140 Flagship needs your help to fund our practice field for this year.
The previous year, we built the practice field for the FRC 2017 game, STEAMWORKS. Through the hard work and dedication of the mentors, students, and parents, we were able to construct a wooden replica of the actual game field. This field is open to teams all over Knoxville and east TN. All teams in the area are invited to come and practice including:
- CMA Wolfbots (Team 5508)
- Full Metal Jackets (Team 4462)
- South Doyle Team FTW (Team 6517)
- Webb Robotics (Team 1466)
- Halls Red Nation Robotics (Team 4576)
- HVA RoHAWKtics (Team 3824)
- Catholic Robotichauns (Team 2393)
- Secret City Wildbots (Team 4265)
- L&N STEMpunks (Team 3966)
- BC Robotics (Team 4504)
- Central Robobcatics (Team 6654)
- Plus many more!
And this upcoming season, we expect many more teams to visit and practice.
We constructed the field to follow all guidelines listed in the Steamworks Game Manual. The field itself consisted of 2 major areas:
- The two Airships which were in the middle of the field.
- The Human player zone where robots receive gears.
This year the FRC game is FIRST Power Up. It consists of alliances of 3 teams each competing in a video game themed match. The goal of this year's game is to place power cubes onto switches and a scale in order to tip them in your favor. For every second they are tipped in your favor, you gain 1 point. The major parts of the field we have to create this year are:
- The Scale - which rests in the middle of the field. Teams place blocks to tip it to their favor.
- The Switches - are on either side of the field. Alliances must defend their own or attack their opponent's.
- The Vault - where human players place blocks into the vault in order to acquire power-ups.
- The Portal- is the passage between the field and the driver's station. Robots push in blocks to give to the human players.
As you can see there are a lot more parts in this year's game. We want to build this field so teams can come practice.
The reason the field is more expensive this year is due to the improvements we're making. This year we bought new carpet for the field. We are also using the perimeter made of plexiglas and aluminum purchased by ORNL. Our goal is to create a field that is as close to the original as can be.
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.
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 was a member of the winning alliance at the Smoky Mountain Regional in downtown Knoxville against nearly 60 teams! We also were quarter-finalists at the Palmetto Regional in Myrtle Beach, SC, as well as semi-finalists in our division at the FIRST World Championships in Houston, TX!
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."
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.
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