Author and Photographer: Andrew Moy, XO
It’s a new season, and it’s my third year on the team. And this will be the best year yet!
In the fall of 2013, when I was a sophomore, Corsair Robotics 2612 was not involved with Oakland County Competitive Robotics Association, aka OCCRA. We lacked teamwork, commitment, and there was little training for the new guys. During FRC season, we didn’t have committees. Everyone did everything, and we lacked specialization.
Don’t get me wrong. We still had a fun season and learned a lot, but there were problems along the way.
Moving on to fall 2014, our team entered OCCRA, which gave us more training and a better understanding of our tools and robot. It was also great for team-building because OCCRA is a student-led competition with very little mentor assistance. We basically had to design and build a robot all by ourselves.
2014 also saw our team start to become a real business:
Our team didn’t make it further than the FRC district competitions, but we accomplished so much and grew as a team. We even received multiple awards from other FRC teams, including ones for our awesome pit and for our team spirit. (Our LED 2612 numbers are incredible!)
And, the 2015-2016 season is looking even better! Here’s what’s already happened this year:
We’re more comfortable with OCCRA, meaning we’re further along with building the robot than we were last year. Our veteran members are teaching the new members, and we are growing even more as a team, both in number of students (including freshmen!) and in knowledge. Our first competition is on Oct. 24 at West Bloomfield High School. Come on out and cheer us on! You'll find us in the stands wearing tattoos, holding our light up numbers proudly, and cheering the drive team on to victory.
The 2015-2016 season has just started and is looking more promising every day!
THE BLOG TEAM
Jenna McCleese, Freshman