These reflections are a documentation of the lessons that our team members learned in our Rookie year (2015).
- Being on a robotics team this year was an entirely new experience for me which I enjoyed and look forward to repeating for rest of my high school career and perhaps in the future. Learning about robots in a small team was an invaluable experience because I was able to take on important responsibilities. Along with this I realized the value of cooperation as we wouldn't have been able to build the robot without it.
- I loved competing in this year's FRC robotics competition. I was new to the team and learned a lot with the other on my team, many of whom were also new to robotics. I took classes at the TechShop where we worked and made friends with people from other schools. I learned how to cut metal, use basic tools, and more importantly, teamwork. This season has been a great experience for me and I look forward to competing in next year's FRC season.
- Even though I had no prior experience in robotics, I decided to join the Subatomic Smarticles this year. I'm glad I did, because I learned so much during the 6-week build season, and during the competition. I would say the biggest obstacle our team had to overcome was having so many rookie members to train, and being a community team, because we had to find a place other than our school to build the robot. However, our team worked so well together, and built a great robot that I'm so proud of. Next year more members are joining and hopefully we'll make an even better robot.
- This year's rookie season was a learning experience for everyone on the team, especially newcomers like me. During the season I learned basic metalworking through classes at the TechShop, basic electronics, and how to work with others in a team. Our team leader Sarah, who has many years of experience, led us through the process. In the end, our robot got much praise for looking so polished, and it did well in the competitions compared to other rookie teams. I am excited to start the new season early and begin fundraising for the team.
- Creating a robot for Recycle Rush with the rest of Team 5677 was a wonderful experience that taught me how mechanical and pneumatic systems work. This was my first year doing FIRST robotics, so under strong leadership and the unity of friends, we were able to build a fully-functioning robot even with the majority of members on our team being clueless about how to do so. Additionally, since many of my friends are on the team, we were able to hang out and bond more, which was really fun. I was also able to meet students from other schools both through the team and through the regional we went to, allowing me to forge more connections with the outside world, since I have gone to the same school since kindergarten. Overall, it was an amazing experience that I am excited to repeat next season.
- In this year’s robotics season, I learned that fluidity of our roles on the team was important to keep up with our build schedule. Along with this, I found that cooperation and communication were both integral parts of undertaking a project as large as building a robot. My experience in the season has taught me responsibility for the tasks I am assigned to, as it was important for everyone on the team to do their part. Overall, being on the team was a fun and enjoyable experience that taught me skills I hope to use in the next season.
- This past year has been one of my favorites. Being part of a robotics team and feeling the sense of community among the team members showed me what it was like to have a group of people around you who will be supportive in your actions and help to achieve the same goal. I was left astounded by our unity and achievements this year and can only hope we accomplish more in years to come. Through the help of my fellow team members, I was able to broaden my horizons in terms of general knowledge and possible future careers. I never quite realized my interest in STEM and robotics, and perhaps would not have, if I wasn't lucky enough to have a group of friends to show me my potential. Throughout this year, I learned about leadership, teamwork, spirit, and more. Yes, I'm very proud of all the technical things I learned - before this, I didn't even know what a drive train was - but I'm more proud of all that we have achieved as a team. We were able to bound together into a coalition, and with superb leadership, accomplished many great things. I am forever grateful for what this team has given me and I hope that in the future I will be able to help others just as this team has helped me.
- I learned many things during the 2015 season of FRC. This was my first time on an FRC team so I had a lot to learn. I personally enjoyed the mechanical subteam better so I learned how to use tools to make the robot. It was a lot of fun and I am looking forward to it again hoping that I can use what I learned this year and better it next year to become a better mechanic.