We are FIRST Robotics Team 4203, better known as RoboKronos!
We are the founding high school STEM (Science, Engineering, and Math) team in our county. We recently competed at the 2017 New York Tech Valley Regional at RPI in Troy, New York, March 16-18!
Our team, formed in late 2011, is made up of high school students from Otsego County, NY. We call the Oneonta High School/Middle School home. We welcome new members with various skills, and aim for a mix of boys/girls in grades 9 through 12.
We are guided by Oneonta High School and the international non-profit FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), and aided by local volunteer professional mentors. We enjoy the support of our community, and participate in charitable and educational events. We also host a popular summer LEGO camp for middle schoolers. We always appreciate new sponsors!
At the 2012 Finger Lakes Regional Competition in Rochester, NY, we won the "Rookie All-Star" Award, which qualified us to go to the FIRST World Championship in St. Louis, MO, and compete alongside top international teams.
In 2013 we were semi-finalists at the Finger Lakes Regional FIRST Robotics Competition at RIT. After placing fourth heading into the final day of competition, we had the honor of selecting alliance teams for semi-final rounds.
In 2014 we were awarded two honors at the inaugural FIRST NY Tech Valley Regional Robotics Competition at RPI in Troy, NY. Our team won an Imagery Award, for our Greek-themed pit murals, mascot costumes, and robot "chariot." And team captain Chase Thomas was named a Dean's List Finalist by judges, sending him to the FIRST World Robotics Championship in St Louis to represent our team, city, and region.
Just recently in 2017, we won the Tech Valley Regional Team Spirit award. We were given this award for our particular involvement in our school district as well as our community. We were commended for utilizing the Oneonta High School newspaper, The Echo, as a method of communication with the student body. In combination with this, we were also recognized for our involvement in the general community, such as a our annual participation in the CanStruction event.
The FIRST Robotics Competition is an international high school robotics competition organized by FIRST, which aims to inspire youth interest in science and technology. Each year, teams compete to build robots can play that year's game. The friendly competition is all about inspiring youth to create, collaborate, and innovate.
FIRST was founded in 1989 by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen and MIT professor Woodie Flowers. Last year, over 7,000 FIRST teams, and 68,000 youths, participated worldwide.
Each January, teams get a standard kit of parts and game details at an internationally simulcast “kickoff” event. Teams then have six weeks to build a competitive robot with the help of volunteer mentors and sponsors. The robot must be able operate by pre-written code as well as by remote control, to accomplish pre-set tasks, which are different each year.
FIRST competitions have been the subject of PBS and CNN documentaries, and kickoff simulcasts feature celebrities. Recent years have featured NASA astronauts, former Presidents Clinton and Bush, recording artist Will.i.am, and comedian Stephen Colbert.
We look forward to a very exciting season next year!
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FIRST was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway and portable diabetes pump, among other innovations. FIRST hosts the FIRST Robotics Competition, called "The Varsity Sport for the Mind." FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology.
Under strict rules and time limits, teams are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform game tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to "real-world engineering" as a student can get.
“FIRST is more than robots. The robots are a vehicle for students to learn important life skills,” says Kamen. "Kids often come in not knowing what to expect, of the program or themselves. They leave, even after the first season, with a vision, with confidence, and with a sense that they can create their own future.”
Through FIRST, students get to:
- Learn from volunteer professional engineers,
- Build and compete with a robot of their own design,
- Learn and use sophisticated software and hardware,
- Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments,
- Earn a place in the World Championship,
- Qualify for over $19 million in college scholarships.