Back in October, we highlighted the FIRST Robotics organization and the team that D+M Metal Products sponsors, That One Team. The team completed their season and sent us some information about the FIRST Robotics competition process and how they finished. They had a very successful 6th season learning, building, and demonstrating their robot.

The First Robotics Competition

 

The FIRST Robotics competition works like this: In January FIRST gives teams around the world a challenge. These teams then have six weeks to build a robot that can accomplish this challenge. When they are finished building, they compete against each other in tournaments to discover which team’s robotic invention accomplishes its goals best. Teams receive awards for design, performance, interaction with other teams, and team spirit.

The FIRST organization describes it this way:

“Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.”

That One Team qualified for the state championships and from there went all the way to the FIRST World Championship which was held in Detroit. They earned the Autonomous Award for their efforts. Here’s what That One Team had to say:

20 students, a practice bot, a robot in a bag, 3 district competitions, a district championship, and a World Championship equals a FIRST class adventure and one amazing season.

 

“It was an amazing year for our team. We had a few rough times but we still made it through all the way to the World Championships! Our season is now over and we are all very happy with how far we have come.”

D+M Metal Products is proud to have sponsored That One Team and to have fabricated parts used in their robot. The robot achieved these goals:

  • Pivot intake
  • 3 stage cascading lift
  • 8 second climber

As we all know, robotics already plays a part in many sectors of the economy and will be a big part of manufacturing in the future. It’s important for kids to learn about robotics and their applications to everyday life and work. That’s why FIRST Robotics and the encouragement and opportunities they give to kids is so vital as a part of our education system.