We are a FIRST® Robotics team located in North Saint Paul, MN working out of North High School. The 2013 season in the 10,000 lakes regional we made it to finals and got 2nd place, in the 2014 season we got 2nd place at the state fair, and in the 2015 season we got into the 6th place alliance at the Northern Lights regional which we are extremely proud of. This year we hope to make it to the national competition. We highly encourage anyone and everyone to join! Even if you think you do not have the technical know how, do not worry about it! We will teach you everything you will need to know. Being part of a robotics team is a lot of fun and you get to meet all kinds of people. We are a FREE activity at North High School however anything that you can donate would be graciously appreciated. Before the competition starts, we will generally meet about once or twice a week. When we are in full competition mode we will meet everyday after school and we will meet on Saturdays. You do not need to come to every meeting but please come when you can. While you are at the meetings we expect you to be working to benefit the team in some way. Whether that involves working on the robot or some other project we are working on we want you to be working at all times.
FIRST is an organization that promotes the learning of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills to kids of all ages. FIRST stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology" They help inspire creativity and life skills in each of their programs, including self-confidence, leadership, and communication.
One of the most important qualities FIRST advocates is Gracious Professionalism®. Gracious Professionalism® is working at a high caliber to compete against others, but at the same time, helping the other people that will also be competing against to do their very best as well. It is about being polite and respecting everyone, even if you have just lost or won. People who practice Gracious Professionalism® do not brag but help everyone to the best of their ability.
FRC® stands for FIRST® Robotics Competition. This is the competition that Team 2501 competes in every year. FRC is for kids in grades 9-12 and anyone is able to participate. It also includes a group of mentors that help each team in being successful for the competition. Mentors teach and enable team members.
Every year, FRC announces what the challenge will be for that year in competition. Teams then build a robot in 6 weeks in order to complete the year's challenge and participate in the competition. At regional competitions, teams are put into alliances of three at random to compete in each match. Prior to the match, teams may stratigize with the other teams in their alliance. For example: an alliance may decide to have one team's robot to play defence to stop the other alliance from scoring points. Another robot may be the main scorer for the alliance, and the last robot to do both jobs. Alliances are then put against another alliance of three to compete in the challenge for the year. At the beginning of the match is a 15 second autonomous period that robots are only controlled by programming that each team designed. During this period, teams can score bonus points. Next is a two minute tele-operated period in which two people from each team can control their robot to carry out the strategy that alliances discussed prior to the match. Typically thirty seconds from the end of the match, teams can do a sort of bonus challenge to score even more points. At the end of the match a buzzer sounds, robots are deactivated and taken off the field. Points are tallied up and the alliance with the most points wins. Each team on the winning alliance gets qualification points. At the end of the qualification matches the top 8 teams with the most qualification points get to choose 2 other teams to be on their alliance. These alliances then compete in a bracket like system with each match being best two of three. The winning alliance of the bracket then goes on to the Championship, along with the winners of a few awards.