What is the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)?
The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is an annual competition in which high school teams of 25 students or more compete to design, build, program, and test robots from scratch that perform set tasks and score game pieces in a 3 versus 3 alliance format. FRC Teams are not only expected to build excellent robots, but also to raise their own funds and help introduce their local community and fellow students to the world of robotics as well. Additionally, FRC promotes art as part of its mission to promote STEAM, by students to engage in graphic design, animation, photography, videography, and editing.
Team 3501 Firebots
The Fremont High School Firebots participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Students pour their heart into the robot across 4 different technical subteams—Mechanical Design, Manufacturing, Electrical, and Software—which are integrated towards the end of build season. After members have gained experience from FTC, they are hand picked by mentors to move to the FRC team for the next season, where they will continue to be members of until the end of their high school careers. Currently, the FRC team has about 30 members to allow everyone the opportunity to learn and contribute to the robot.
Mechanical Design Subteam
The Mechanical Design subteam is responsible for:
Designing the mechanisms for the FRC robot
Planning the design phases for the FRC robot
Ensuring that the robot's CAD designs are high-quality and fully functional
The Manufacturing subteam is responsible for:
Building the robot mechanisms
Making sure that everybody has proper usage of tools
Managing the production of field elements for practice
Making sure the team delivers a working FRC robot that performs its task well
The Software subteam is responsible for:
Drafting and writing code for the robot
Ensuring that all members are practicing the same coding practices to deliver reliable software that enhances our robot
The Electrical subteam is responsible for:
Designing and building the electrical board for the robot
Conducting electromechanical systems (motors and sensors) with both mechanical and software
Delivering reliable electrical systems and clean wiring on the robot
What is the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)?
The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) challenges students to design, build, and program a robot to compete in a 2 vs 2 alliance format on an approximately 12 ft x 12 ft field against other teams. The robot kit is Android-based, and it is programmed using Java, the MIT App Inventor, or other Android programming systems. Teams, with the guidance of coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on innovative, sound engineering principles. Teams also must log their entire engineering process and outreach events to the community in their engineering notebook which is then presented at competition.
FTC in Fremont High Robotics
The Fremont High School Robotics also participates in the FIRST Tech Challenge. FTC students spend a lot of dedication toward 4 areas of interest: software, mechanical manufacturing, mechanical design, and Business and Marketing. We created 3 FTC teams to give students experience in FIRST programs before joining FRC and to not overcrowd any one team. Students are recruited into FTC teams through a tryout process that tests their compatibility with our organization's core values rather than their prior knowledge.
Our FTC Teams
With highly dedicated team members, as well as the tremendous support our mentors, we have strong support and are constantly improving our second-year and rookie teams.
Every member of our team has a specific role in ensuring that we produce our best work. We embrace the talents of the others and are able to cohesively work together in exceeding our goals. With the guidance of our mentors, we have been empowered to put forth our best effort and without them, we wouldn’t have functional robots or teams.
The FTC teams are composed of two technical subteams–the Mechanical & Design and Software subteams–alongside a Business and Marketing subteam. Together, they ensure that we have a powerful working robot for the Drive Team. With the help of knowledgeable mentors, students are able to learn from their mistakes and get the skills they need to succeed.
What is Business and Marketing (BaM)?
Aside from the technical side of FRC, our team also puts an incredible amount of time and effort into the business and media aspect of robotics. Relations within the FIRST community, our school, and on a global scale, as well as designing and producing the content we share with the world via social media and our website are just a few of the many responsibilities of non-technical members. To name some additional places our members put hard work into, organizing outreach events in the community, responsibly managing finances, and writing ranging from a newsletter to grants still does not cover the wide range of experience our members are gaining. These skills will give them experience in networking and marketing that will provide them with skills to use in their future careers, as well as enable the team as a whole to extend our reach in teaching the worldwide community about STEM.
How is BaM Important to Robotics?
Business and Marketing is integral to the very fabric and function of robotics. From business—fundraising and grant writing to raise large sums of money to cover the $50K+ team budget, to media—including our team branding, graphic design, video production, photography, journalism documentation, and events—outreaching to our school, the community, and inspiring & teaching STEM, every sub team has advanced the broader impact of Fremont High Robotics collectively. Originally known as Finance and Marketing & Public Relations, the BaM team operates across all 4 teams at Fremont High Robotics and bridges the gap between teams to collectively achieve our common goals. We are proud to boast a cross-team BaM team with diverse skills and talents, allowing people to specialize in the areas they’re passionate about and free flow between projects. The creativity and possibilities are limitless, and the BaM team continually strives to reach new heights, broadening our impact on the world around us.
The Business subteam is responsible for:
Raising money through grants
Creating an organization budget plan
The Media subteam is responsible for:
Maintaining the organization's imagery and branding
Reaching out to our community through social media
Creating our organization's graphics
Producing the year-round newsletter
The Event subteam is responsible for:
Cultivating the FIRST community within the local community