Titan Robotics Club is a non-profit, entirely student and mentor run organization. Thus,
a majority of our funding comes from grants, donations, and our mentors. All of this contributes
to our continued participation in the program FIRST.
FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a program
dedicated around raising awareness about technology and other technical skills such as science
and mathematics. It spreads these values through competitions held every year around the globe.
There are four levels of FIRST, from Jr. First Lego League for Elementary School, First Lego
League (FLL) for middle school, First Tech Challenge (FTC) for high school, and First Robotics
Competition (FRC) for high school as well. Teams are required to build a robot in a set amount
of time to complete a certain challenge presented by FIRST. Once the build season ends, robots
are taken to these competitions where they go head-to-head, employing unique strategies and
mechanisms to come out on top. Those that win their regionals (local competitions) continue
on to the world championship in St. Louis. Schools from around the globe host robotics teams,
including our own.
The International School of Bellevue does not have a shop or technology related class.
However, our robotics team fills this need by teaching students these technical skills. We
provide an interactive way to use knowledge learned in science and mathematics classes in real-
world situations. Although it may seem as if robotics is focused around using these technical
skills, there are many other parts. Our success is partly based off of the business plan and
leadership that the student government provides. By building strong relationships with our
sponsors, we give our members a window to the business world.
Our robot this year contained a shooting mechanism capable of scoring basketballs in all
four hoops on the field. Balancing on the bridge with allies was made possible by our thinner
length. Overall, the robot was mechanically sound and consistently scored points during the
autonomous and teleoperated periods. This culminated in our victory at the regional competition
and we are advancing to the world championship in St. Louis. Many prestigious colleges and
intellectual minds will be present at the championship, giving the students a chance to learn
about the business world and their future. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event that we are proud to
let our students participate in.