New Member Meeting and Team Introduction

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FRC and FRobotics

  • FIRST Robotics Team 4150 “FRobotics” is Franklin Regional Senior High’s very own FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team. FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting STEM through its four K-12 robotics competitions – FIRST Lego League Jr. (FLL Jr.), FIRST Lego League (FLL), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), and the one our team participates in, the FIRST Robotics Competition, or FRC.
  • The students on our team learn invaluable skills by participating in FRC.
  • FRC is a real world high school robotics competition where students are given an objective to build a functioning robot that must meet specific requirements while being able to accomplish multiple tasks.  We are totally responsible to develop and manage a budget, design and build a robot, while gaining invaluable analytical and leadership skills related to engineering, software development, and business.
  • For further information on FIRST® and FRC®, check out the FRC Penultimate Manual here.
  • FRobotics is open to anyone and everyone in FRHS. No matter what you can or cannot do, you are a valuable member of the team.

Organization and Communication

  • Our team is divided into subteams, each of which do different tasks. Each subteam is essential to the functioning of FRobotics as a whole.
    • Team Support and Communications – Manages the team’s communications, public relations, branding, and administration.
      • Communication
      • Outreach
      • Relations
      • Team Development
      • Technology
      • Awards and Media/Branding
    • Robot Build and Design – Actually designs and builds the robot.
      • Build
      • Wiring
      • Programming
      • CAD
      • Safety
      • Strategy and Scouting
    • Sponsors and Finance – Gets money for us to build the robot and run the team.
      • Fundraising
      • Marketing
      • Finance

Expectations of Team Members

  • We expect that all team members are active within the team and helping out to the best of their ability.
  • We expect you to participate on the team – You signed up for it and agreed to make the time commitment.
  • We will be holding fundraising and outreach events – you will be expected to attend most if you can.
  • You will also be expected to attend at least 60% of all team meetings and/or team training sessions.
  • You must be an active member (attend meetings, workshop, training and contribute) to be allowed to attend competition.
  • However, we still believe in having fun while doing all of this!


  • We operate a Google Group for email purposes.
    • To join, send a blank email to
    • You need to check this often!
    • If you are a parent or a mentor, join the froboticsparents and froboticsmentors Google Groups!
  • We also have a Slack for other communication.
    • To join, go to (If it is not working, contact Michael Cao)
    • We send daily updates and communicate with each other using this. Check it often!
  • You need to fill out the Member Application.
    • Yes, even old members.
    • To fill it out, visit
    • This is so we have your contact information and a little more information.
  • Our team blog:
    • Check this for team updates!
    • Our team calendar is there, too.
  • Twitter/Facebook
    • Go follow them! We post about outreach and fundraising there.
    • and

Team Events and Outreach

  • Our team does a lot of fundraising events and outreach throughout the year.
  • Events that we have demoed at or participated in:
    • The Mahoning Valley Robotics Competition
      • This is an offseason robotics competition we participated in this year.
    • Franklin Regional Relay For Life
      • We usually have a team here and lead the first lap of the Relay.
    • Science Nights
      • We usually do a demo at the Science Nights.
    • Maker Faire: Pittsburgh
    • Boyce Park Movie Night
    • Paintball
      • This is more of a social event than anything else.
    • Bonfire
      • We usually have a booth at the bonfire to raise some money.
    • Corn Maze
      • This is also a team social event.
    • Library Computer Take Apart @ Murrysville Library
      • This is an example of community outreach.
    • Library Demos
      • This is also community outreach and spreading the word about FRobotics.
  • FIRST Lego League Mentors
    • We help mentor a FIRST Lego League team.

2016-2017 FRobotics Season

  • Kickoff
  • Build Season
  • Bag and Tag
  • Competition
  • Off Season

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