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Who are we?

We are a Christian, home schooled robotics team competing in FIRST® Tech Challenge: one of the high school programs in FIRST®. We have a lot of fun learning about and solving the problems presented to us through the mission. Each year we plan, design, build, program, test, and drive a robot that we think will do well on the robot mission field. We have set up our team like a business with sub teams (departments) that are technical and non-technical. This allows us to experience real world team building strategies while ensuring all the work gets done.

We began as an FLL (FIRST Lego League) team in 2009 in the Smart Move challenge. From there we went on to compete in Body Forward, Food Factor, and Senior Solutions. In our Senior Solutions year, we competed in the 2013 FLL World Festival in St. Louis, MO where we won the 3rd Place Champion’s Award.

In 2014 we moved up to FTC where we competed in Block Party. As a rookie team we made it to Worlds and were nominated for the Think Award. In 2015, we returned to the FIRST World Championship where we were nominated for the Think (Engineering Notebook Documentation) and the Control (Software and sensors) Awards. We also placed in the top 30% of the robot game.

Our mission statement: "To learn as much as possible, share FIRST® with as many people as possible, and mentor as many teams as possible. We want to leave a legacy beyond just our own FTC experience."

Gracious Professionalism is important to all teams of FIRST. We created a team Code of Ethics to better define what Gracious Professionalism means to our team.


Adapted from 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a


Code of ethics 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
Team members are patient and kind. They do not envy others’ success, nor do they boast about their own; they are not arrogant. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
They are not rude, self-seeking, or easily angered, but are willing to forgive and work with others despite unexpected challenges. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Such a team does not take delight when an opposing alliance’s robot malfunctions, but rejoices with other teams’ success. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
They are always willing to help, always ready to trust, always hoping for success, always working to the best of their ability. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Team members don’t fail one another. Love never fails.

This is what Gracious Professionalism means to our team.


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2016-2017 Awards

Illinois South Central League Qualifier

  • Winning Alliance First Pick
  • Inspire 1st Place

Missouri Meramec Qualifier

  • Winning Alliance First Pick
  • Inspire 1st Place

Illinois State Championship

  • Finalist Alliance Captain
  • Think 1st Place
  • Inspire 2nd Place

Missouri State Championship

  • Winning Alliance First Pick

North Super Regional

  • Finalist Alliance First Pick, Kindig Division
  • Inspire 1st Place

St. Louis World Championship

  • 4th Seed Alliance Captain, Ochoa Division

About FIRST

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

FIRST is More Than Robots. FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21st century work-life skills.

Mission

The mission of FIRST 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.

Vision

"To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders." ~Dean Kamen, Founder

Methodology

Engage kids in kindergarten through high school in exciting, Mentor-based, research and robotics programs that help them become science and technology leaders, as well as well-rounded contributors to society.


Taken from FIRST's Vision and Mission page.