i, randy

This is a picture of our Granite Bay High School's robot for the 1999 US FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) competition.  I helped design and build this robot with the students and two other engineers from NEC Electronics.  We had a great time, and our bot did very well in the national finals in Florida.  For more info and pictures check out the Granite Bay High School Robotics web page.

The US FIRST program is a great way to get students interested in robotics, and I highly recommend anyone to participate.  The idea is to pair industry professionals (engineers, typically, but anyone is welcome) with student teams.  The objective of the competition changes every year, and is revealed at the beginning of the 6-week design/build period.

Given a fixed set of parts, and a restricted list of other available materials, the teams construct a machine to compete in a remote-controlled strategy game.  For more information, visit the FIRST website.