FRC Team 971 is a high school robotics team for current Mountain View High School (MVHS) students. Students who will be attending MVHS in the fall may begin attending meetings starting in the summer.
Spartan Robotics educates and inspires students in the fields of science and technology through its participation in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competition. Our organization participates in this competition, as it is an enjoyable and educational opportunity for students to explore this field.
Although we are a robotics team, we do a lot more than build robots. Our program also reaches out to the community. We spread the values of FIRST, including teamwork and cooperation to younger students who participate in FLL (FIRST LEGO League) and other robotics competitions. By working with them and volunteering at FLL competitions, we can show them what we do and how we do it with the hopes of inspiring them to pursue their interests in science, technology, and engineering.
FIRST stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology". In the FIRST Robotics Competition, students are faced with a unique challenge in the form of a competition with rules that requires them to come up with a creative solution. This inspires students to think in unique ways to solve problems as well as teaching them to evaluate and compare different solutions to a challenge. Students also gain engineering experience through the design process. The students use SolidWorks 3D CAD software provided by Dassault Systems. This gives students the opportunity to practice with and apply industry tools and learn how they are used. It allows students to explore different options in the engineering of their robot and visualize their creation to maximize the design, just as people in the industry would do. Then, using the detailed designs, students are able to construct a complex robot to compete in the challenge. Of course, before this can happen, students also gain experience in programing the robot. Then, using their creation, the team competes in events hosted by FIRST that bring together high school students from around the world. The competitions feature alliances of three robots competing against another alliance.
FIRST supports what it refers to as "Gracious Professionalism". The organization supports competition, however it urges and celebrates a form of competition in which all participants look to support and bring out the best of their competitors. This develops students into better people, as well as developing strong friendships with members of the other teams, who have similar interests and passion for robotics.
Beyond robotics, FIRST provides many other opportunities for our students. Many students gain leadership opportunities through organizing and running the team and striving to meet a challenge with limited time and resources.
FIRST was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen and thrives today due to many dedicated and pasionate volunteers and students. FIRST's: