We are Team 7341 - F.R.E.N.C.H. F.R.I.E.S. (Friendly, Reliable, Energetic, Nerdy, Classy, Heros, proFessional, gRacious, engIneering, tEamwork, FIRST) and this is our sixth year participating in the FTC program. We where known as the “Minty Matrix” team in FLL and our last project was featured in the “Inventors” magazine (November/December 2013).
We are a Girl Scout team and this year we have 5 members attend several different schools in different cities. Three of the girls attend schools in Titusville (Astronaut High School, Virtual School and Oak Park). One of the girls attends school in Port St. John (Space Coast Jr/Sr High) and the other girl attends school in Merritt Island (Edgewater Jr/Sr High). The girls are also member of different troops. As Girls Scouts we believe in sharing our knowledge with others and making the world a better place. We are asking our fellow Space Coast Teams to join us in this outreach activity. Two of our team members started as members of our sister FIRST LEGO League Jr. B.E.E.s team. Four of our team members just moved up from the FIRST LEGO League C.A.K.E. B.A.T.T.E.R.S team.
Our team is BIG on outreach over the years we have traveled to the Orlando Science Center, Orlando Convention Center and KSC Visitors Complex for community events, Brevard's Space Congress, special banquets, attended FLL and FRC Tournaments sharing our knowledge of FIRST and our robot. Our outreach activities are year round reaching out to those who are wanting to learn more about FIRST, as well as helping people in need.
This year our coach decided that her teams (FLL and FTC) would sponsor a FTC Tournament and we joined up with the PACK RATS (Park Avenue Baptist School) special activities and the location. We have involved our Sister FLL Team as many of them will be joining the team next year. We enjoyed coming up with the theme of “Guardian's of the Brick” to get everyone in the spirit of giving. As part of the tournament we are asking teams donate nonperishable food items for St. Teresa’s Food Pantry. We came up with a few outreach activities that the team can join in during the day. Our coach contacted the local FLL teams to invite them to watch the tournament.
After all the pre-planning of the tournament was completed it was now time to get to work on the robot. It was a challenge for all to learn the new communications software and hardware. After watching the Challenge Video the gears in our brains started to turn finding that we need to get more communications and motor hardware when the “Grant” money came in. Not letting that issue get in the way we talked and designed a robot that would do everything and build a robot that we had the parts for…. So more changes will come as the tournament progress.
We are lucky that our team has two coaches and two engineering mentors that help us by teaching us things from using equipment (saws, planers, drills and more), engineering concepts (math, fractions, angles and physics) , software (Android Studio (JAVA), Adobe Premiere (Video Editing) to speaking in front of a group of people. We have learned so much over the past few months. We would like to thank all our sponsors, because if they were not there we would not have been able to build the robot we have today.
So, a BIG Thank-you goes out to them as well as the sponsors for the FIRST program: Star Wars, Qualcomm, Rockwell Collins, Virtual Reality and PTC.
The following pages will describe our team and the journey we have taken with our robot “Princess Charlie”. One of the things we work at is showing others all about FIRST Core Values as these values are similar in words and the Promise and Law of Girl Scouts. We love the FIRST® philosophies of Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition®. We use the Core Values:
- Discovery—is when we explore new skills and ideas.
- Innovation—is when we use our creativity and persistence to solve problems.
- Impact—is when we apply what we learn/know to improve our world.
- Inclusion—is when we respect each other and embrace our differences.
- Teamwork—is that we are stronger when we work together.
- Fun—is when we enjoy and celebrate what we do!
Gracious Professionalism® FIRST® uses this term to describe our programs’ intent and Gracious Professionalism® is not clearly defined for a reason. For us Gracious Professionalism means:
- You help each other out
- You show respect and listen to all
- You are sensitive everyone’s thoughts and ideas
- You are always willing to learn more