Team: FTC 417, The Team Formerly Known as Exothermic Robotics (WA)
Years: 2010-2011, 2011-2012
Position(s): Spirit captain, I also am responsible for the Engineering Notebook, bugging everybody to actually write down what they’re thinking, typing it all up and compiling it neatly in one place, etc. Our notebook is awesome and definitely helped ggt us to World this year. B) (but nobody typed anything up over the summer so I am backlogged to July!!!)
Reason: Meet cool people, gain cool skills, attend sweet nerd parties. One of my favorite things about FIRST is the diversity of skills on a team. Yes a lot of it is the robot, and there’s many specializations there, but also there is a place for art students, writers, businesspeople, web design, sewing, even (shoutout to the team from Alaska at World with the Aperture Science jumpsuits! That was awesome!) If there is a skill you have or want to learn, there is a place to practice it in FIRST. One of my good friends is a theatre/literature nut and we recruited her with a promise of heading our Promote award entry. Cameras and video editing software are definitely both technologies!!
Motto: Is there a problem? Have you done everything you can to fix it? Yes? Keep calm and carry on.