We take our cue from FIRST. As the FIRST web site says:
“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.”
Dean Kamen, Founder
The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
To carry out this mission, we focus on partnerships. The most obvious day-to-day partnership is between students and mentors. The partnership which sustains the team is between business and education, with our managing partners of Delphi and Kokomo Schools. The partnership between the team and the community is instrumental in making people aware of what we do and in bringing in new sponsors, mentors, and even students.
The partnerships we have with other teams also help to sustain the goals of FIRST. We work with Cyber Blue and the Kil-A-Bytes every year to make the Indiana Robotics Invitational one of the best offseason FRC competitions. We regularly open our shop and practice field to other local teams, especially Panthertech, CyberTooth, and the Robo-Titans. We have enjoyed many collaborations on projects ranging from simple software to entire drivebase designs.
Overall Team Goals
- Inspire students about technology, math, and science
- Prepare students for leadership roles
- Promote the ideals of FIRST
- Increase community and state awareness of science and technology education opportunities
- Promote teamwork skills
- Introduce students to positive role models
- Boost the level of competition in FIRST by providing technical assistance and organizational mentoring to any FIRST team
These goals remain constant for each year.
2014-2015 FIRST Competition Goals
- Happy Sponsors
- Winning Robot
- Empowered Students
- Great Team Spirit
- Clean Shop
- Continuous Safety
These goals are determined by veteran team members prior to the start of the season.