Stop-Build Day 2019
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 C++, Microsoft Visual Studio, Eclipse, Linux, and Open CV.
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!
Build Season is the period of time in which we create our robot. It begins in January when the game is released internationally and ends after competition season in March.
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 1-2 times 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.
For our FRC team, students must be in grades 9-12. However, 8th graders are welcome to join our training program, "The JuniorMiners"!
JuniorMiners get to participate in all training and go to all events including competitions. They may not operate the robot at competitions.
The cost of membership for FRC is $500. JuniorMiner membership costs $400. This includes year-round training, a team shirt, and safety glasses. All membership dues are used to offset the cost of registration, equipment, and materials. All mentors and coaches work on a volunteer basis.
Members will be responsible for all costs associated with travel for competitions. Families are expected to contribute meals during build season. Additional spirit wear is an optional added expense.
Please contact us for special arrangements.
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 sponsorship, 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.