Kickoff to Deep Space
On Saturday January 5th the annual western New York First Robotics Kickoff was hosted by team 3015 at Spencerport High School. The event consisted of 35 teams totaling over 800 students and mentors. Teams gathered in the auditorium to watch a live stream of this year’s game presented by First Robotics headquarters. This year’s Kickoff was meaningful due to the fact that the year 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. This important anniversary inspired the 2019 game, Destination Deep Space. The game coincides directly with the moon landing and many of its aspects including cargo, hatch panels, habitat zones, and various forms of space transportation. A sand storm blocking the drive team’s view of the field is new addition to this year’s game, modifying the 15-second autonomous period at the beginning of each match. Once the drive team’s vision is restored, additional points can scored by placing cargo into the rocket or cargo ships and securing the cargo with a hatch panel. During this first week, our team has held decided proven by our immense progress achieved in the short period of time since the Kickoff. All six of our sub teams (upper mechanical, lower mechanical, programming, electrical, marketing and strategy) have been working hard in their select area of expertise. We are very excited to be participating in this year’s game with the support of our mentors, sponsors, district and community. To learn more about this year’s game visit
The First Week
The first week of robotics is always a bit crazy, with trying to find a strategy that works for our team, finding a Chairman’s theme, and all the new students trying to figure out how to navigate through the craziness that is the Team 3015-build season. Despite the slight chaos that is sure to ensue, everyone finds a seat at the table, a way to be heard, whether it is in upper mechanical building the robot, or in marketing writing and planning. New members have a “big brother/sister” on the team that help show them the ropes, and help guide them through their “firsts” of the team, like late nights, long days and tons of hard work. With one week down and 5 to go we certainly have our work cut out for us, but we are ready for the challenge that this year’s game brings, and we are thrilled to be able to inspire excellence in new generations of students.
Fun fact of the week
- This year 3015 has 95 high school students with 52% of these students being girls, a record high for the team.
Quote of the week
“Overcome the notion that you must be regular. It robs you of the chance to be extraordinary.”Uta Hagen