Builds the physical parts of the robots.
Connects the electrical wiring for the robot.
Writes the software for the robot
Advertises the team (and built this super awesome site)
Makes virtual drawings of the robot
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Hey! Are you thinking about joining team Icarus or getting involved in FIRST? What's holding you back from diving in? You might be nervous, intimidated, unsure, or hesitant about the whole concept. Here's the truth about FRC (specifically team Icarus 2081).
Just like any sport or activity, robotics can take up a good portion of your time. However, robotics is also very unique from standard activities; it gives you skills and experience that you can carry with you for the rest of your life. Although I’ve grown up with the influence of FIRST robotics, engineering, and STEM surrounding me everywhere I looked, I have gained so much from being a member of this team. Coming into my freshman year and first year on the team, I didn’t really know what I was in for. I had watched my older siblings and dad go through season after season, and I had participated in FIRST Lego League for a number of years before high school. Honestly, I kind of thought I knew everything there was to know about building a robot and competing in these types of things. I had never been so wrong. Along with learning heaps of information about building, wiring, etc., I have learned so many important life lessons. I’ll try to summarize them in a short list:
1. You don’t have to be a genius to do well and enjoy yourself in robotics.
Trust me on this one. I am just an average student, and I don’t necessarily have special skills in areas like mechanics, electrics, software, multimedia, or public relations. Actually, I had little to no skills in any of these areas when I joined the team. My efforts on the team have definitely been focused on PR, but I’ve picked up skills from all the different sectors of the team. I’m still not a genius, but I really have developed a thirst for knowledge and learning and that is one of my favorite part of robotics for sure.
2. You may not be the nerdiest person you know, but you also aren’t the coolest.
This is something that really hit me hard when I traveled to regionals and worlds with the team. I have endless stories about all of the crazy and awesome people I met and saw at these competitions. My favorites include a Mexican team who taught us Spanish swear words, a team from the Netherlands who wore orange jumpsuits and smoked cigarettes (we all thought they were prisoners when we first saw them, but they are actually really big sweethearts), and a team from St. Louis who came to support our team when we qualified for Worlds (we hung out at regionals and they remain our close friends to this day).
3. Winning is exciting, but helping people and making the world a better place is so much more rewarding. This sounds like such a cheesy cliché, but it is absolutely completely 100% true. A couple years ago, Icarus spearheaded an autism research project with Dr. Kuester from Bradley University. Since then, we have built two socially assistive robots (SAR), Al and Alice Yuminium. These bots are designed to be friendly-looking and approachable; they “talk” to kids and can be controlled to say whatever the user wills. They are meant to teach appropriate social skills to children affected by autism. This project was something that our team did in the off-season to benefit our community. I can’t vouch for the rest of my team, but I am so much more proud of Al and Alice than I am of our RoboRumble or Ultimate Ascent robots. It’s really special and moving to see something that you personally helped create change real people’s lives.
Okay, okay, I know that was sort of a long explanation for each point. I could write so many more points, too, but I had to make myself stop before I got too carried away. The point is, FIRST robotics is a ridiculously fun, rewarding, and life-changing experience. I really hope you consider joining the team. Feel free to e-mail us at FRCicarus2081@gmail.com if you want to ask questions or get more info.
Icarus 2081 2014 Team Captain