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Houston Robotics Application 2008-2009

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1. What are your goals and objectives?
Please describe what you intend for your team to gain from participating on the FIRST team.
2. What is the history of engineering and robotics education at your school?
Please provide information about the engineering and robotics education in which your school has been involved. Give details about other robotics competitions in which your school has competed (FLL, BEST, Botball, etc.). Also provide details about mentoring that your school has done with other robotics programs (EARLY, FLL, Botball, BEST, Robofest, etc.). Make reference to any curriculum and classes that your school has implemented.
3. Who is the leader?
Please provide information about the leader for your FIRST program. Typically, the leader is a dedicated teacher or science director who communicates daily with the team, corresponds with FIRST, and organizes activities that are related and unrelated to the construction of the robot. The leader does not need to have a technical background. Also, please provide the leader’s contact information (address, email & telephone number).
4. How will your team be organized?
Please indicate how many schools will be involved and how many students might participate. Currently, there are teams that combine several high schools together to form a single team although the majority of the teams come from a single high school. The team sizes generally range from approximately 10 to 60 students with the typical size being about 30 students. If you have registered for FIRST or are a veteran FIRST team, please provide information such as your team number, years that the team has participated, events that the team has attended,etc.
5. Where will you get engineering support?
Please describe existing and planned support. Typically, teams have a minimum of 3 mentors who work directly with the students designing and constructing the robot. Although these mentors needn’t be degreed engineers, a technical background and a willingness to do handson construction is of benefit. Usually, these mentors come from schools, universities, businesses, and the community and are teachers, parents, engineers, machinists, technicians, and whoever loves to tinker. Most importantly, the mentors need to want to work with and help the students!
6. What facilities will you use to build the robot?
Please indicate where you will build your robot. FIRST robots are constructed anywhere from a parent’s garage or a school classroom to a school shop or a hi-tech machine shop. The location of the facility is usually at the participating school, a local college, or a local business. During the six weeks of robot construction, the team will need access to these facilities. In general, it is more important to have access to the facility than for the facility to be state-of-the-art.
7. What is your budget?
Please describe your budget. Although the Houston Robotics Sponsorship will assist with the FIRST registration to participate in the Lone Star Regional, other expenses such as tools, building materials, and possibly travel and lodging will be required.
8. What is your level of commitment?
Please describe the commitment of your teachers, team members, principal, etc. Please include addresses, emails, and telephone numbers for the school/organization, principal, etc. Before committing, each participant should review the FIRST web site (, especially the ASME’s guide on Starting a Team.
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