Yesterday we discussed some general organisational stuff and how we want to go about getting sponsors. We decided that everyone should write sponsors, in order to reach as many sponsors as possible. Robert will create a Google Spreadsheet in which we will all log whom we have already written. The letter to sponsors is already finished.
This year we want to communicate more with teams. That is why Alexis will create social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram). Our main platform shall be this blog.
We are so incredibly pumped to be part of FIRST Global this year! You cannot believe how excited we were to know that we would be able to attend this year as well. And in the great Mexico City of all places.
So let us introduce ourselves. We are Alexis, Eylert, Kira, Lynn and Robter from Team Germany from Stuttgart and we all attend the public high school Königin-Katharina-Stift. Last year we participated in the FIRST Global challenge as well and we think that the whole event was one hell of a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
FIRST is about Inspiration and Recognition of science, right? That’s why this year we don’t want to only build one awesome robot. We’ve set some new goals as well. One thing that really struck us about FIRST Global was the international community and the cooperation between everyone. We would love to contribute to that and that is also one of the reasons of this blog. We hope to make this blog a place of interaction, communication and want to publish our progress, our robot and the problems we’ve overcome. Hopefully your team will be able to find some information here. But don’t forget to get to know us and have fun!
To get everyone in the mood for the challenge: Here’s a pic from last years event. We bet this year is going to be even greater!
Have fun getting excited for this years challenge!
Since the FTC Paderborn Invitational shut down a few years ago, there hasn’t been a German FTC competition. We have been wanting to change that for a few years, and after participating twice in the FTC World Final and talking to many people from FIRST, we actually hosted our own competition.
Thanks to our connections to other teams built during the years before and a scrimmage held in 2017, we were able to summon 13 teams that competed for a ticket to the World Final in Detroit. Two of them were rookie teams from our school we coached over the last years and we were happy to see them competing alongside teams from all over Germany, some even from the US.
Hosting the competition gave us a different perspective, since we all participated in various roles as volunteers. From referee to robot inspector, we were constantly busy by the huge amount of tasks that needed to be done at any given moment. But it was all worth it when the first robot matches started running in our gym and the atmosphere of competition set in!
This is a German news article about the event, in case you are interested: