2019 Kickoff at LIU Post
Design the robot using CAD (Autodesk Inventor) to meet the challenges of the game and fabricate the parts using machining, 3-D printing, and manual techniques.
Design and build the electrical subsystem under the constraints of each year's rules. This includes electromechanical parts, such as DC Motors, servos, encoders, and sensos.
Implement the embedded robot control system and PC-side driver's station using contemporary software tools such as Eclipse, Linux, Open CV, C++, and Microsoft Visual Studio.
Develop relationships with local businesses and industries, and provide opportunities for local businesses to support STEM by donating money, time, material, or facility.
Promote STEM and FIRST at community events, and create 3-D printed prosthetic hands for donation.
Design the website, banners, buttons, flags, t-shirts, and giveaways using tools and software such as CAD, Libre Office, Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, the 3-D printer, and traditional art methods.
I am an Electrical Engineer with over 20 years of practical industry experience working on consumer, medical, industrial, aerospace, and military products from concept to realization. I have been a fully invested FIRST FRC mentor in Half Hollow Hills district since 2010. All of my 5 kids have been closely involved with FIRST. My contribution to the development includes all aspects of the design, including mechanical, and electrical sub-systems.
I have over 30 years of experience as a consultant developing software on a variety of platforms. I started with FIRST in 2014 and have loved every minute of it! Two of my children are involved with FIRST; one of which is a mentor, while the other is a student.
I am a mathematics teacher currently working in Queens College (and a NYS certified high school teacher). I have been a part of the FIRST family since 2010. I have been involved with robot design, sponsorship, and art. It has been said that FIRST is "the hardest fun you'll ever have" and that couldn't be more true!
I have been involved with FIRST since 2014. In my high school career, I served as Head Programmer and CEO of my FRC team. I am currently studying Computer Science at Stony Brook University and I look forward to educating students on team 7400!
I am a computer science student at Cornell University. I've been involved with FIRST since 2013, initially as a high school freshman and now as a mentor. In my senior year of high school, I was the Director of Engineeing on an FRC team. I am greatly passionate about programming and teaching programming to others as well.
I have been with FIRST since 2013. I am currently a student in the Computer Science program at Northeastern University. As Director of Software on my high school team and now as a mentor of multiple FRC and FTC teams, I can't wait to share my programming knowledge and love of FIRST with a new set of students.
Build Season is the six-week time period in which we create our robot. It begins in January when the game is released internationally.
Kick-Off is the event where the current year's challenge is released globally. This marks the beginning of Build Season.
We meet at least six times a week during build season. This is necessary due to the short time frame that we have to build our robot.
Of course, school and family come first, but the more time you spend, the more you will get out of it.
We generally meet twice a week.
Absolutely! Competitions are a huge part of what we do. Visit our "About FIRST" page to see previous games and competitions.
No! We're happy to mentor students of all levels of experience.
The cost of membership is $500. This includes year-round training, a team shirt, safety glasses, and lunch during any competition. All membership dues are used to offset the cost of registration, equipment, and materials. All mentors and coaches work on a volunteer basis.
Please contact us for special arrangements.
Students must be in grades 9-12.
Yes! We can always use more help on the team!
Absolutely not! We need people from all areas of expertise. For instance, mentors are needed for assistance with sponsorships, public relations, art, and business, in addition to engineering.
The entrance fee to each competition event is between $4,000 and $5,000. The materials fee is between $5,000 and $7,000. Tools and supplies can cost from $1,000 to $3,000.
Your membership dues, fundraising, and local contributions are the only sources of our funding.
Safety always comes first at FIRST. Proper safety attire is mandatory and no equipment is to be used without training and mentor supervision.
Yes! Colleges are very interested In FIRST Robotics. They value the hands-on experience and leadership opportunities.
Yes! Participating in FIRST Robotics allows you to apply for over $80,000,000 worth of scholarships.