FRC 1718: The Fighting Pi
Team 1718, The Fighting Pi was founded in 2006 in the small, farm-town community of Armada, Michigan. The team realizes that through STEM education programs, we can provide students in all communities with real-life experience in STEM, expanding their concept of future opportunities by building knowledge, confidence, and technology literacy. The Fighting Pi is a proud charter member of The Student Association for STEM Advocacy, attending NAC and participating in the NAC Coordinating Committee for several years. Team 1718 also hosts an annual student-led and organized state-level advocacy conference: The Michigan Advocacy Conference.
FRC 1296: Full Metal Jackets
FRC 1086: Blue Cheese
We are FIRST® Robotics Competition Team 1086 Blue Cheese from Deep Run High School, Glen Allen, Va. We are proud to have been a member of the 4-team alliance that won the 2016 FRC World Championship. Blue Cheese is a product of FIRST, a nonprofit organization created to encourage students to explore careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Our team strives to "brie the best we can brie" by cultivating our cheese culture in our school, around our community, and spreading it worldwide. We also inspire the next generation of STEM students through demonstrations, outreach programs and mentoring other teams. We invite you to join our quest to be "Legendairy!"
Matt Wilson, [email protected], 828.399.0963
FRC 2655: The Flying Platypi
We were started in 2008 as a community based team. Our goal has been to engage with different groups in our local area while promoting STEM education. We have stayed a small student run team that strives to provide hand on learning to our students and at the same time engage student in more than just building robots. We have done a number of different charitable activities over the years and been an active participant in the NAC, now SASA, advocacy efforts since 2014. We have also engaged in advocacy at the state level helping promote the bill that lead to recent funding legislation in North Carolina.
FRC 1511: Rolling Thunder
FIRST Team 1511, Rolling Thunder, is proud to be a SASA Charter Team. We started our advocacy journey in 2014 when we attended the National Advocacy Conference and fell in love. We have attended the conference every year since and have co-organized the past five events. Students and mentors have enjoyed lobbying for STEAM on Capitol Hill and in our own backyard. We have lobbied for many successful bills including the Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act of 2016, the Every Student Succeeds Act, and the Perkins Act. Additionally, we never pass up an opportunity to teach other teams how to advocate, running presentations at Championships, the Finger Lakes Regional, the Midwest Regional, and the State Advocacy Summit. Our current endeavor is to hold the second annual New York Advocacy Conference along with the NYAC Planning Committee consisting of three New York teams. Beyond our advocacy efforts, we hold a few large community events every year. In the fall, we have our Grateful Red music festival where we have local bands come out and play at our town amphitheater. People can come and rock out as well as learn about FIRST and STEM, it’s fun for the whole family! In late October, we have our annual Halloween-themed offseason, Ra Cha Cha Ruckus where teams from around Rochester and beyond come to test out drive teams and get practice by playing the robot game from the previous year. In February, we have our Week 0 scrimmage known as Rochester Rally. At Rally, teams practice with their freshly built robots and get acclimated with the game for that season.