OregonFRIST had two kickoffs this year — at OSU in Corvallis and at Evergreen High School in Vancouver, WA.
We asked some of the FIRST Teams what they thought about the event — here is what they had to say:
FIRST Team 3673 – Seaside High School, Seaside, Oregon:
It’s never easy to wake up at three in the morning. No matter how many cups of coffee, sips of Monster, or even some Voodoo Doughnuts, nothing really gets teenagers going that early. Except robots. That’s all we at FIRST Team 3673 need to inspire ourselves.
We at C.Y.B.O.R.G. Seagulls are excited and ready to go for sophomore year in FIRST Robotics. Based in Seaside, we are isolated a little bit from the greater tech community of Portland and Hillsboro. Walking out of Evergreen High School this morning, we all agreed that we are ready to tackle this year’s game.
Senior Sam N. said to me, “I am so glad that we that (the 2012 game) is basketball. Trying to explain Logomotion (2011) was too complicated. Now we can just tell them, ‘we’re playing basketball.’” This is very true! The overall goal of the game this year has been simplified, which helps us extremely. Last year, we took so much time trying to get the robot moving we never had a chance to think outside the box.
However, we are ready to tackle issues that do not even exist yet. Even as we have arrived back in town, we are at work trying to get money, raise awareness, and conceive of ideas. We are all in this together for the next few weeks, so we will be prepared to go in to the Autodesk Regional with the best robot we can build. There is a cheer I found, while not official, will be added to our team’s repertoire.
“Tangent, cotangent, secant, sine, three- point- one- four- one- five- nine! Go….. Seaside!”
– Garrett B
FIRST Team 3192 – Tigard High School Technology Team, Tigard, Oregon
Team 3192 had a fantastic time at the Kickoff. We absolutely love the game.
Here is what some of the students had to say:
“I am really interested to see what this build season holds. This challenge looks very interesting, and I cannot wait to be able to find solutions to this problem.” – Thomas W (Junior, Build Team)
“I like that it is a mashup of two previous FTC games. I feel that having experienced the past two FTC games, I will be able to come up with an inventive solution and prove to be a knowledgable asset to my team.” – MacKenzie G (Junior, Build Team)
– Michelle V
Stay tuned for more stories!