Minuteman Robotics (Team 6081) was formed for the 2013 FTC Season. We were founded by two members of FLL Team Snap who both expressed the desire to continue their robotics experience into high school. Alex Davis joined an FTC team, where he met Sathya Levy. Together with Peter Sauer, Alex and Sathya formed their own FTC team. Julian Garrison and Alex Somlo soon followed and enthusiastically joined the team. With the support of friends and family, we launched into our first FTC season with the 2013 Ring It Up! Challenge as Minuteman Robotics. We were met with many hurdles throughout the season, which gave us valuable experience for our futures.
We are a diverse collection of youths, united in our common interest in robotics. FTC provides us with a unique opportunity to use and develop our creativity, our problem-solving skills, and our ability to communicate and cooperate effectively as a team. We learn how to manage our time and resources efficiently while also dealing with pressure and stress. We have learned to be organized and flexible in our approach to obstacles; we must be able to adapt to new difficulties as they arise.
FIrst Tech Challenge (FTC):
FTC is a high school robotics competition that focuses on engineering, teamwork and community skills. Their mission 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."
Last Years Challenge:
Each year, we are presented with a new challenge in which we will partner up with another team to form an alliance against two other teams. We must accomplish missions to prove the worth our our robot when competing against others. Last years challenge was a sort of vertical Tic-Tac-Toe called Ring It Up!.
Why We Need Funding:
The parts we use to build our robots are quite expensive. Last year, we spent around $2400 developing, building and repairing our robot, and 600 registering for competitions. This money is necessary not only for parts, but for tools and field setup kits. Despite safeguards we put in place to prevent parts from wearing out, they still do. We often need to buy more parts to replace the worn out ones. Below is a budget chart we made for last year.
Risks and challenges
Not having enough fun :)
- (60 days)