The Forest Hills High School Robotics Team meets every Tuesday and Wednesday from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm. Our club advisors are Mr. Chan and Mr. Suriel.
Robo Rangers (#10675) Team Mission
The Robo Rangers are a FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team that aims to unite students who aspire to expand and exercise their knowledge in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields through FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Each year, one of our largest overall goals is to expand FIRST in our school and community. As a team, we strongly prioritize Gracious Professionalism and unfaltering harmony, so with our collective efforts, we hope to make our ideas and creative passions come to life. Additionally, we stimulate our own curiosity by working with ideas in practical situations and applying our own knowledge from formal, classroom education as well as our own personal experiences. We understand that the following step to accumulating knowledge is to transform that intellect into something tangible, which is a crucial aspect in any STEM-related career. FIRST gives us the opportunity to do so and allows us to further our networking and team cooperation skills, both of which are essential for success in the work field. Lastly, the art of robotics prompts us as colleagues by providing the proper motivation and encouragement for each other to exceed our intellectual capabilities.
The mission of FIRST is to inspire young students to excel in science and engineering by providing a plethora of competitive and creative opportunities that include beginning designing, programming, and building at any skill level and being allowed to grow as a part of the program and of their own robotics team. FIRST also allows students to work with their mentors to challenge themselves in ways that a classroom environment cannot challenge them, which includes more involved hands-on activities. FIRST was founded in 1989 as a leading non-profit organization for scholars interested in STEM careers, and it stresses the importance of Gracious Professionalism, a method of working in which competition is evident, but respect is continuously held throughout and kindness is expressed no matter the status of each team and team member in the competitions. As stated by the founder of FIRST, Dean Kamen, FIRST's mission is "To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders."
FTC is a portal through which students in grades 7-12 can compete against other rookie and advanced robotics teams, each with their own plans of designated responsibilities, which include building, programming, designing, tracking fiscal progress, etc. Each team receives a robot kit that can be used by the teams throughout their years of participation in FTC, and the teams themselves, along with their coaches and mentors, must develop strategies amongst themselves to build their robots according to the design that they have planned (this design is specific to each competition theme, which is different every year). Awards that are distributed during the competition depend on the teams' abilities to reach the required standards for them.
Team Origin, Description, and History
The Robo Rangers began as an idea in one of the many extracurricular clubs at Forest Hills High School in 2014. Students who were enthusiastic about robotics formed an Engineering Club where they would learn to build certain simple yet interesting engineering-related objects such as bridges and propellers. When a substantial amount of people joined the club, the members decided to take the next step and register for the FIRST Tech Challenge for the 2015-2016 season. The team was comprised of 15 dedicated and ambitious students who were ready to create the legacy of our team. They used the small amount of left over money that was used for a FIRST Robotics Challenge team that the school hosted 6 years prior. However, this money was barely enough to get them by, so they started to fundraise and earn more money through events that they hosted in the school. The Parents Association of Forest Hills High School also funded them heavily and helped them save up for another year. Because of their consistent and hardworking team contributions, the Robo Rangers won the Rockwell Collin's Innovate Award and Connect Award in their first game season.
Team Organizational Structure
Robo Rangers is comprised of 14 individuals, including 2 mentors with background and experience in computer science and physics.
Robo Rangers has 5 different positions:
· Graphic designers
o The artists of the team.
o Design logo, posters, and enhance the visual appeal of the robot.
· Computer aided Designers (CADers)
o Create the robot on the computer using software such as Autodesk Fusion 360 to help visualize and predict the design of the robot.
o Assist the builders when constructing the robot.
o Sculpt ideas into reality using the designs the CADers created.
o Use tools and equipment to construct the robot
o Program the robot to move and complete certain tasks.
o Coding the robot to perform multiple functions
· Public Relations/ Notebook
o Maintain social media and the website
o Search for events and sponsors to spread the teams name and mission to gain support
o Manage the engineering notebook which contains the team’s daily reflections and pursuits.
We are very grateful to be fiscally supported by our high school’s Parent Teacher Association, whose funding allows the Robo Rangers team to purchase necessary materials and plan outreach events. In addition to the support our team receives from the PTA, we have a fundraiser event with Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. which will be described in more detail in the Outreach section of this notebook. The Robo Rangers also reached out to the following companies for grant and sponsorship opportunities: Dunkin’ Donuts, Formlabs, Buffalo Wild Wings, Stack Overflow, RoboArtist, Arduino, and more.