Gill St. Bernard's Team Chaos kicks off the 2021 FIRST Robotics Competition season – INFINITE RECHARGE – with a virtual celebration this Saturday, January 9, at noon on FIRSTtv on Twitch. Sponsored by the U.S. Air Force, the broadcast will reveal the FIRST Innovation Challenge and provide guidance about how competitions will unfold during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"We're excited for the season," said Carrie Johnson, club co-advisor. "Our older students are looking forward to passing down their knowledge to our younger team members. Our team enjoys working together and using their skills and knowledge to build a complex robot."
Ahead of the season's official start, Team Chaos met both virtually and in-person this fall to talk about strategy, pandemic protocols, and team goals.
"We will be using the robot we started last year, since the schedule was cut short due to the COVID-19 outbreak," said Mrs. Johnson. "This Saturday, we will learn the modifications to the game and how we will compete, whether through via video clips or virtual events, since the championship will not be in person."
Each season, teams from around the country are tasked with building and programming an industrial-sized robot to play a challenging field game, while adhering to strict rules and time limits. The team challenge requires real-world engineering skills and ends with the FIRST Championship. Team Chaos also raises funds and publicizes its brand.
"Team Chaos is not just a robotics club; we are an inclusive team that works in a multitude of areas, including business, engineering, marketing, communications, sponsorships, fundraising, and art," said Engineer Hayley Katz, club co-advisor. "You name it, we do it!"
Founded in 2008, GSB's Team Chaos welcomes students from eight through twelfth grade. "We will continue to grow our skills and work together, and hopefully we will have a few new faces joining us," said Ms. Katz. Students interested in joining can contact Ms. Katz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck, Team Chaos!