by Su Ji C (Soph)
Competition season has begun! We have had tremendous wins at the recent Gainesville game, and are currently hoping for more success in future competitions. However, only time and dedication will tell, which could be seen in the past 6 weeks of build season by our wonderful build team. While the build team was furiously working on this year’s robot (Aerostat), another team was responsible for behind the scenes or additional work. This team is the Project Team (which I am a part of).
The project team was newly implemented by 4188 this year, due to our growing number of members. The team has a mix of veterans who cannot meet the busy schedule of build season and rookies. Although we do not specialize in the making of the robot, we are responsible for other side projects, such as the pit or field. We meet every Saturday to help out 4188, although we all have limits. I enjoy being part of this smaller team, as it has a sense of togetherness and fun, even if we do require a lot of “supervision”. As we help, we are able to learn a lot more about the team and the machinery that goes with it, and advance in our own, different way. We gain intellectual and social skills, all from working in one building from 10am to 7pm in a part of town some folks want to avoid (although it may not seem like it). One could easily say that project team is a practical way to start being active in the FIRST community, without having to experience the tremendous amount of stress the build team experiences. (Oh, and just a small appreciation note: Thank you so much for your hard work this season! Working from afterschool until sometimes midnight, 6 or 7 days a week; it’s amazing how much dedication you guys have towards the Columbus Space Program. We hope to see it all pay off during the months to come! ^^)
I hope that in the future, we would have a larger impact on the team and the robot, and that time would allow us to be more involved in FIRST. But until then, we will stick to the things we know best, whether its electronics, build, or simply organization, and help the build team in the best way we can.