FRobotics was founded in 2011, and competes against teams from the U.S. and across the world as part of the FIRST© Robotics Competition. FIRST© (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a non-profit organization founded in 1989 to motivate young people to pursue education and jobs in the STEM fields and to encourage leadership skills.
Franklin Regional High School’s robotics club, Team 4150 FRobotics, has been competing since 2012. That year, our team won the Rookie Team Award and the Coopertition Award. In 2013, we were recognized by National Instruments as one of the top ten teams effectively using their LabView software. In the 2014 regionals, our alliance placed second overall, and in the following year we made it to semi-finals. In 2016, one of our students was a finalist for the FIRST Dean’s List award and invited to attend the FIRST Championship. In 2017, one of our mentors won a Mentor of the Year Award. In 2018, we finished the qualifying rounds as the number one team in the Buckeye Regional, and continued to do well at offseason competitions.
Being involved in our community is important to us, so we participate in events such as the Relay for Life and elementary school science nights. At Relay for Life in 2018, we raised almost $1000 for cancer research. Our robot and drive team lead the first lap of the annual event, and we continue to demo our robot throughout the day. We also show off our robot at the three elementary schools in our district during their science fairs and activity nights, and at the middle school regularly.
Most Significant Challenge Overcome
FRobotics has experienced rapid growth in the past few years, and it is a constant challenge to keep the team organized and focused. The team works hard to make sure everyone is welcome and has an equal opportunity to be involved and contribute to team success.
Robot and Game Strategy
In 2018, our focus was primarily offensive. Our goal was to effectively and efficiently place PowerUp cubes on the scale, while working with our alliance partners to score in the scale and exchange.
Goals for the Future
In 2019, we are planning to compete in the Miami Valley Regional and Greater Pittsburgh Regional. We hope to succeed in these competitions, as well as continue to be a positive impact on our community at home.