A project-based club designed to familiarize students with an understanding of electronics, software, and mechanical methods necessary to build electronic machines that can self-navigate, gather and log data, and respond to their environment with grace and elegance while reliably and productively completing tasks. Team 5171
consists of numerous student-led divisions—programming, computer-aided design, electrical, mechanical and build, game strategy, media and outreach, scouting, and more—driven by a desire to construct a working robot, and to gain invaluable real-world skills comparable to running a startup business. Topics covered include circuitry, soldering, fabrication (wood, metal, plastic), programming in a variety of languages, etc. In addition to participating in a competition, we are learning to collaborate—perhaps the most important skill gained throughout the entirety of the season—and to work closely with other teams in our region to advance the aims of FIRST
. Participation requires a time commitment outside of class.