Five Fast Facts with FIRST Team 5430 - Pirate Robolution
Pittsburg High School - Pittsburg, California

Bishop-Wisecarver Group is sponsoring four high school groups in the 2017 FIRST competitions. Today, we catch up with Julio Garcia, 12th grade, CEO of the Pirate Robolution team. We asked Julio to give a one word response to each of the terms below followed by a short explanation. Take a few moments to read about the hard work and lessons learned by these incredible students!

  1. FIRST Challenge 2017
    — This year's game was a struggle to wrap our heads around. The new rules and game mechanics were time consuming and challenging to design for.

  2. Team
    — This year's team had an influx of rookies and it was the first time some of them had ever experienced something like FIRST. It was difficult, but they adjusted and persevered through it!

  3. Strengths
    — If at any point the team got off task, or needed help, our mentors would help put us on the right path, and keep us on track. They would add on to our ideas and inspire us to continue.

  4. Challenges
    — Managing the time and keeping up the constant pressure to finish the robot within the Build Season of 6 weeks was by far our toughest challenge.

  5. Goals
    — The main point to this robotics program is to get something out of it. The experience of being on a competitive team, using tools you've never used before, designing and building a robot that will compete in a competition - these are all life skills that will come in handy later in life.

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