FRC 2019 Season Lessons

“This year, I acquired several skills. Not only did I learn how to take responsibility as a leader, I also learned what it meant to be on a team. This year’s competition taught me that being on a team means that you have to trust your teammates to do their share, and sometimes, this involves doing only one task very well even if you want to try multiple things. Teamwork doesn’t just involve trust, it involves patience with others, selflessness and faith in your teammates. So, yes, I familiarized myself with the amazing process of building a robot and even managing a team, but I also now understand something much more important – what it means to be on a team.”

– Elizabeth Collins

“I’ve learned many things over the course of our rookie season with FIRST, teamwork being chief among them. Communication and trust are key when working on something as complicated and large-scale as a robot. Everyone needs to work both independently and as a team in order to get tasks accomplished in time. I discovered that while having faith can be difficult, it’s necessary, and it will pay off in the end. We learned how to cooperate with each other and create something as a group. I also learned how to adjust to problems that might occur and the stress that those problems cause. We encountered many issues while building our robot, and remaining positive and thinking critically allowed us to overcome these complications and succeed.”

– Trinity Rist

“I learned teamwork and communication skills as the driver for Norse Code. I relied on my teammates to keep an eye out for penalties and to keep track of how long we were on the opposition’s side of the field. The FIRST Robotics Competition is a lot of fun, and I feel like many people who are nerds like us should try a robotics club. I know I am going to try and stay active within the Winthrop High School Robotics Club, and I do hope I can do many more.”

– Kevin Webber

“I learned how to work with other people in a group/team. I learned how to actually build stuff and use motors and codes. This is the best team I could have ever joined. I am just so amazed that we actually made a functioning robot. The competitions were the best thing ever. The success and joy of the group made everything so much better. This was the best experience ever and I can’t wait to do more to make the experience better.”

– Tatyanna Lewis

“I am absolutely amazed at how much our team has accomplished in our ‘first’ year in FIRST Robotics. I believe that there is a merit to competing in terms of organization and planning. Each member is crucial to the project in one way or another, and when we come together we feel as if we have achieved something greater than what we could achieve individually. In terms of more technical learning opportunities, we learned how to set up our robot to drive and function, not to be undermined by the building of the robot itself. The chassis, the motors, and the electronics all came together in an amazing way, and after our first build session I was amazed. I knew from that day, we were going to so something amazing.”

– Max Correia

“One of the most notable things I learned was how to build a robot. This was a very interesting concept to me because I never really did something like it. I enjoyed it so much that I built a Mechano kit myself at home. I do intend to learn more about coding next year so I can help design robots for school and employment alike.”

– Trevor Franklin

“From my first season in the FIRST Robotics Competition, I learned about identity and the competition’s functions. Within the competition in New England, I noticed that everyone didn’t care about what other people think. My competitors taught me to be myself. The support the community of FRC offers helped me understand my worth and that I should never feel intimidated to be the best version of myself and to do my best to compete. I learned to be humble and to provide support to not only my teammates to do and be their best but also to everyone else in my life, as they too are worth every second. Although mentors from other teams tended to use controlling actions to make sure their teams performed exceptionally, its mental effect was not a sight to see. If I ever get the chance to mentor in FRC, I would treat my mentees like my coworkers; be understanding, compassionate, as well as respectful.”

– Ayat Walid