The 2006 challenge was entitled Aim High, a competition in which each robot had to shoot goals into a high center goal or push balls into two low side goals in order to score points. The challenge forced teams to carefully consider defensive and offensive strategic decisions while constructing their robots. Our robot, Rosie, elevated our team’s reputation from that of a respectable, well-rounded junior team to that of a powerful and experienced force to be reckoned with.
During this season, the team underwent a restructuring to best accommodate its growing number of members. The team was divided into six sub-teams: Build, Programming, Animation, Website, Fundraising/PR, and Spirit. By dividing the labor between sub-groups with specialized leaders, the team as a whole could concentrate on being as productive and successful as possible.
Some of our achievements that season included winning the Pacific Northwest Regional, winning the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Entrepreneurship Award at two different regionals (PNR and SVR), winning the website excellence award and the Engineering Inspiration Award. We also attended the FIRST Robotics National Competition in Georgia! Additionally, the team established a LEGO robotics program at a local elementary school, St. Elizabeth Seton School, for underprivileged children with limited exposure to science and technology. Team members took turns mentoring teams of students in designing and programming simple LEGO robots and helped spark students’ interest in engineering.
Pacific Northwest Regional: In addition to being the highest ranking alliance at the Pacific Northwest Regional, we were awarded the 2006 Website Excellence Award and the 2006 PNR Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) Entrepreneurship Award.
Silicon Valley Regional: We won the 2006 SVR KPCB Entrepreneurship Award again, which celebrates the entrepreneurial spirit by recognizing a team that has, since its inception, developed the framework for a comprehensive business plan to scope, manage, and achieve team objectives. We were also awarded the 2006 SVR Engineering Inspiration Award, which celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering and engineers within a team’s school and community.
National Championships: We once again participated in the FIRST National Championships in Atlanta, Georgia, and we won the DaimlerChrysler Team Spirit Award.