On Saturday, November 9th, from 10am-5pm, 5970 is organizing an offseason event called FIRST Chance with the goal of giving newer members- or veterans who haven’t had the chance, an opportunity to try out drive team and pit crew roles. We aim to break down some of the barriers to participating in certain roles that people face because of their gender, race, class, etc…
It will be hosted at DWFritz Automation, who has generously donated enough space for a field and pits. DWFritz is located in Wilsonville, Oregon, at 9600 Boeckman Rd. This event will be a little bit more laid back: a plywood field, no automated scoring system, but it should be a lot of fun nonetheless.
All positions must be filled by someone who either hasn’t filled that role before, or does not usually, i.e the previous year’s driver may be technician, but may not drive the robot. We want everyone to be able to try something new, so bring as many people as you can, and rotate them through if possible. If enough mentors show up, we will have a round for them to show how good a #mentorbuilt drive team can be! There will also be a mock chairman’s award interview, so it will be a good time to practice. Finally, we hope to see lots of people who are new to FIRST there, so bring all your rookies and prospective team members and show them how fun competitions can be!
FIRST Chance will be free to attend, just please bring game pieces labeled with your team number, as we don’t have a full field’s worth readily available. If you or someone you know has been a ref, FTA, or FIRST judge, we have volunteer positions that need to be filled to help the event run smoothly. If your team is interested in participating or if you want to volunteer, please contact me at email@example.com. The earlier you respond, the better for planning purposes.
Thanks, and hope to see you there!