By FRC Team 399: Eagle Robotics
Eagle Robotics, FRC Team 399, gathered on January 4 at Lancaster High School to view the release of this season’s new game, Aerial Assist.
The event was attended by over 50 team members, numerous mentors, and visiting alumni. After weeks of updating and preparing their shop for this day, the team was raring to go.
Planning for the six-week build season began immediately afterwards, with team members breaking up into groups and brainstorming design ideas.
Aerial Assist involves working on an alliance, passing inflatable exercise balls from one end of the playing field to a goal on the other side. Teamwork is key to scoring well, something Team 399 is well acquainted with.
Eagle Robotics is well known for their involvement in the Antelope Valley community.
This fall, they mentored several FLL (FIRST Lego League) teams and held the High Desert Lego Tournament, a non-qualifying FLL practice competition. They also made holiday cards for heroes, volunteered at Grace Resource Center making and distributing Thanksgiving baskets, held a blood drive, and collected over 600 pounds of food for the homeless.
The team values the community and works hard to make an impact and promote STEM. One STEM program, called Eaglets, is designed for eighth grade students interested in joining the team in high school. Eaglets is currently accepting applications. Students will work alongside team members Saturday mornings during the build season to give them a taste of what the team does.
Those interested can get more information on the team website at www.team399.org.
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Editor’s Note: Eagle Robotics is seeking financial donations to help buy tools to equip a workshop for the students. The funds will also be used to offset travel costs for the many students who cannot afford to travel. The group has created an online fundraiser titled “Help us Build a Great Engineer.” For more information on this fundraiser or to make a donation, click here.