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bIrobot Begins 2nd Season Registration

We’ve been busy filling forms and scouting FIM District Events for the second season for FRC Team #6098 – bIrobot.  We’ve secured a place at the Traverse City event and are on the wait list for the Kettering University Event in Flint.  Meantime, we’ve submitted our grant applications and are set up to pay our registration...

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2016 Lessons Learned Report

To prepare this Lessons Learned Report, each member of the team was asked to write a short essay on that topic. Simeon Richards (11th Grade) When we signed up for a computer science and programming class, we had no idea that FIRST was even on the radar. About a quarter way through the year, however, we agreed that it would be a good course of action for our class to take. We registered immediately, and began to design our robot. This led to the first lesson we learned: Design the robot, but quickly. We learned this the hard way; we spent two weeks designing the thing. Next year we are going to limit our design period to maybe a week. This will give us the time to debate a general design, make the necessary modifications, and stick to the plan. Unfortunately, this led to the second lesson, build it. It sounds simple, but we spent a long, long time theorizing about the design during the building process. We built one part at a time, making sure it was perfect. There was nothing wrong with being careful, other than the fact that it slowed us down considerably. Next year we might consider branching out and giving everyone a job to speed up the process. Speaking of branching out, I believe our design style needs to change. At our first two...

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FIRST Championships Top-off Our Rookie Year

Team bIrobot has wrapped up its rookie season with nice showing at the FRC FIRST Championship ranking 54th in the Carson division and number one for defense crossing points out of 75 robots in the division. We’ll be home on the island on Monday with plenty of stories to tell about working with our pit neighbors from Turkey and Mexico, alliance partners and opponents from across the country and around the world (including Beijing, China) , neighbors from Israel at our hotel and all sorts of new friends found across the divisions at a spectacular event. We thank the island community that came together from near and far to make our participation in FIRST...

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Upcoming Events

all-day FIRST World Championships @ Cobo Hall
FIRST World Championships @ Cobo Hall
Apr 26 – Apr 28 all-day
FIRST World Championships @ Cobo Hall | Detroit | Michigan | United States
 This year the FIRST world championship events are split between two locations–Houston and Detroit.  We didn’t make it this year (there is always next season), but we are looking into a trip to the event[...]
all-day bIrobot Movie Festival @ Beaver Island Community Center
bIrobot Movie Festival @ Beaver Island Community Center
May 26 all-day
bIrobot Movie Festival @ Beaver Island Community Center
We invite you to attend the 2nd Annual bIrobot Movie Festival where we feature films that feature robots.  Before the films, the bIrobot Team will take to the stage to explain what FIRST is all[...]

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