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What We Learned

posted May 30, 2014, 2:36 PM by Combustible Lemons - FRC Team 5113   [ updated May 30, 2014, 2:38 PM ]
    Team 5113, Combustible Lemons, at the start of the year consisted of a large group of high schoolers with little knowledge of how to build robots but a lot of passion and curiosity to attempt to make one. We slowly yet steadily gained the knowledge to build a robot, and realized that we knew much of what we needed to know already, but simply hadn’t ever tried to put our skills to the test before. Of course, while building a robot is a very important and can get you very far in life, what will you give the extra boost are the life lessons that you take away from any competition or build season of FRC.

    During the season, we learned how to work with others and build teamwork. We learned how to be efficient and focus on what needs to be done, and how to properly organize and communicate coherently enough to be able to overcome many challenges during the season as well. With separate groups of people working on different things, we split up the work so no one was overburdened, and everybody on the team almost always had something to do and to contribute.

    At the competitions, we learned to be courteous and respectful to other teams, worked well with all of our teammates, and congratulated both our opponents for a good game and our teammates for a great time. The morals that you take away from FRC are ones that will stay with you for the rest of your life: teamwork, good sportsmanship, respect, gracious professionalism,  the courage to be able to take risks and try out something new, competitiveness, and a sense of accomplishment after every event. Even though this was only our first year, we learned quite a bit. The First Robotics Competition is by far the hardest fun we have ever had, and we look forward to coming back next year and learning more.