Thanks for taking the time to introduce yourselves to me today during our Zoom meetup. You are a strong team, and I admire you. I can tell you are having fun together. Awesome and keep it going.
It's time for each of you on the team to get involved. Explore the tools and check the site for information that can help you. I will be putting up a series of instructional videos that you can watch to learn how to use each of the four tools. Find a topic of interest and make a Team Blog post or two in the next week.
Please read about the WebMasters program by clicking on the WebMasters link in the top NAV bar. As you have questions, jot them down so you can ask them when we meetup again on Zoom. Or, send me your quetion through the site.
Be sure to check out the photo galleries. More will be going up in the next few days. Link
Doc Palmere, WebMasters Primary Instructor
About Our FIRST Robotics Team. The Hamilton West High School robotics team participates in local robotics events and the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). FRC is an international competition of high school students, mentors and coaches. The FIRST event takes place during a six week period, then continues on to regional and finally a world championship. Teams build functional robots that can weigh up to 128 pounds or 57 kilograms. The FIRST program began in 1989 and served more than 3,500 teams worldwide in 2019. FIRST's core values include: discovery, innovation, impact, inclusion, teamwork, and fun. FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST teams build functional robots
that compete using a high school sports model. Teachers are coaches and participants are nurtured and not judged as in the Science Fair pedagogy. FIRST Robotics goes beyond competition and encourages students to study STEM in college and graduate school, then pursue STEM related fields. Approximately 78% of all U.S. college undergraduate degrees awarded in 2018 were in a STEM related field (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math). Beyond a nurturing environment, FIRST Robotics programs encourage "gracious professionalism." Gracious professionalism is a term coined by Dr. Woodie Flowers (a founder of FIRST and formerly professor emeritus at MIT).
Gracious professionalism which focuses on high-quality work, value in helping others, respecting each individual and the community, and, acting with integrity and sensitivity. Our own Team Coach, Mr. P, has been awarded the Gracious Professionalism Award, assisting teams with parts and expertise, and promoting the core values of FIRST Robotics. We're looking for sponsors from business and industry to help fund our mission and help us reach our goals. This year we hope to enjoy success as we work as a team and learn about robotics, how to collaborate the be a high performing team. Interesting is being a sponsor? Send us a note through the contact form (or, Click Here)