- What is FIRST robotics?
- How often does Bagel Bytes Robotics meet and where?
- What is the schedule for robotics? (build season, pre-season, and post-season)
- How can I join (student)?
- How can I join (mentor)?
- I am a parent, how can I help?
What is FIRST robotics?
FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition is the most renowned robotics competition for students. Under stringent regulations, along with limited time and resources, high school teams use sophisticated technology to build and code industrial-size robots (about human size) for a “field game.” At district and regional competitions, cheering crowds root for qualifying teams as students contend with their robots for prestigious awards and a coveted spot at the FIRST Championship.
In preparation for the event, each team develops a brand in order to build its reputation and promote STEM activities in the local community. The team is also responsible for raising funds which are used to buy equipment and materials for the construction of the robot and to create items that help publicize its brand. As students learn real-world engineering concepts, they build their confidence and workforce skills as well as connect with professional team mentors and sponsors who can help them succeed. Additionally, they can apply for college, university, and technical program scholarships worth more than $80 million.
FIRST Robotics Competition is one of four FIRST® programs that strive to foster the talents of the next generation of leaders and innovators.
A brief video introduction of FIRST robotics: https://youtu.be/wSA6InzFAZE
More information about the organization: https://www.firstinspires.org/
(Summary borrowed from: https://youtu.be/wSA6InzFAZE)
When and where does robotics meet?
Our robotics team is located in Culver City High School at 4401 Elenda St, Culver City, CA 90230 in room 91. During the pre and post-season period, our team operates after school 3 pm to 5 pm on Mondays and Fridays, and 1 pm to 3 pm on Wednesdays. During season, which is from January to March, our team meets every weekday from 3 pm to 8 pm (at the latest) or starting at 1 am on Wednesdays.
Students are not required to be here every day, but should still meet at least once a week.
What and when is build season, pre-season, and post-season?
Pre-season is any time before January, where students have smaller projects to work on instead of building for the actual competition.
Build season starts on January 4 to some time in March. Build season is when the team creates the competition robot, and meets every day after school.
Post-season is any time after the last competition, and lasts throughout the summer break. Similarly to pre-season, students work on other projects to expand their knowledge.
How can I join? (for students)
Students are always welcome to join in any time of the year, although most join soon after the school’s club fair (when the “official” first meeting of robotics is). Feel free to stop by in room 91 any time whenever we’re here. There are no requirements to join! You don’t need any experience to join, since teaching people is one of the important (and fun!) things that our team does.
How can I join? (for mentors)
We are always looking for mentors. Visit https://www.team702robotics.com/mentors/ to learn more about how to join.
I am a parent, how can I help?
Parent support is a very important thing in our team. Every year, our team has multiple events, most famously the back-to-school night spaghetti dinner. Just buying our food and spreading word about Culver City High School’s amazing robotics team helps us. You can also donate food items (snacks, bottles of water) to the team. You can also donate money (via paypal) or email us if you have any possible grant/sponsorship programs at a company you work for. We are also looking for mentors (more info on https://www.team702robotics.com/mentors/), so if you know of anyone who wants to help out, please email us!
You can also be on the robotics parents mailing list for further notifications about our team (if you’re not already in it) about things like kickoff parties by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and saying that you want to be on the parent emailing list.