Germans in FIRST?!?

Hi everybody!

I’m a German exchange student staying with a hostfamily in Vermont and all I can say is that I had a great time with my team here in Vermont (#885) and I’ll actually try to start a team in Germany just because I had such a good time and I’d like to participate again next year!
I’m from Dorsten in Germany which is pretty far west and a little bit north. Within one hour I can be in the “Ruhrgebiet”, on of the largest industrial areas in Germany. I hope to find a machine shop and some engineers as well as some sponsors to help us out in that area…

If there are any other German people that participated this year and will be back in Germany next year, let me know I’d like to talk to you guys!

And if you have any comments, helpoffering, anything that I should know about starting a team or anything else, post it here…

So watch out for the Germans next year,
so long, Philip

Wow! That FIRST-Flu ™ is pretty contagious… it’s nice to see that you caught it… :slight_smile:

Pretty soon FIRST will take over the wor… errrmm… everyone will love FIRST… yeah… love FIRST…

In 2000 our team had 2 foreign exchange students on the team, one from Germany and one from France…it was an interesting year

Phil -
I work for a German company - Infineon. One of our engineers, who has since returned to Bavaria, was a mentor in 2000 and 2001. He is without question the strongest FIRST supporter you will ever meet. Contact me by e-mail and I will send you his address. Maybe there is a chance that you can start a team.

[email protected]

in 01’ we had a exchange student from Denmark, Andreas and he absolutly LOVED first. Well he went back to Denmark, but before he left he had a meeting with the head honcho from BAE SYSTEMS and they made a contact with a big company in Denmark, so hopfully next year there will be a team!!!

Props To Andreas!!

*Originally posted by D.J. Fluck *
**In 2000 our team had 2 foreign exchange students on the team, one from Germany and one from France…it was an interesting year **

Do you happen to have the contact information for the German one? I’d like to talk to him maybe he’s even interested in helping me to build a team in Germany?!?
If you don’t have that information, could you ask within your team and get back to me? That would be really cool…

Thx for all your responses guys, keep 'em coming!!!

*Originally posted by PsychoPhil *
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Do you happen to have the contact information for the German one? I’d like to talk to him maybe he’s even interested in helping me to build a team in Germany?!?
If you don’t have that information, could you ask within your team and get back to me? That would be really cool…
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Ill see what I can do, i know he graduated HS last year in Germany, and the kid I knew from his host family graduated back in 2000…ehh ill give him [Host family] a call today and see if i can get some contact info for ya

Here! I’m a German exchange student too and I’m going to be at the All Stars Sports with team #448.
Looking forward to Florida.

See you in the sun!

There’s a chance my company might send me to Holland to work for a couple of years, not too far from the German border (at least by standards out here in the West). The only things I’ve been dreading about it have been the logistics of the move itself and the FIRST withdrawls. The later would be by far the bigger problem;) at least with the move it’s eventually over.

If it happens I’d be willing to help get teams started over on that side of the Pond. If nothing else I can be a service tech type guy and help answer questions. At least I’ll be in the right time zone and it would greatly reduce the withdrawl symptoms.:smiley:

Sounds cool Chris!

My email address is in my profile and irght HERE ([email protected])

Contact me as soon as you know if you are going, that would be awesome…

I’m really surprised how many people I can find in an Aerican FIRST forum to found a GERMAN team, pretty cool…

Keep going with naming more helps, people, etc…

so long, Philip

PS: 7740 SECONDS LEFT TILL I LEAVE FOR EPCOT!!!

just wanted to pump the article back up to the top of the list…, so that everybody sees it…

It is with much pleasure that “Metal In Motion” will also bring to Orlando two exchange students from Germany. It is our hope that they too will help celebrate FIRST and introduce it to our friends there. Please be sure and drop by our pit area (Team 343) and say hello to them.

A resource for the German teams-

Last spring when Team 25 was doing a demo at the ACGNJ Trenton Computer Festival we made contact with a person associated with the Institute of German Industry. At the time I wrote them a letter to suggest they get some FIRST teams going since they tended to fund similar projects in Germany. I never heard back.

If you folks have a team actually forming in Germany who can follow up with them and be a little persistant I may have a name for you to go to for funding and engineering support. See me in the pits of Team 25 this weekend.

WC:cool:

I’m an exchange student from Basel, Switzerland (about 20 minutes from the german border) all the way up here in alaska and I’m also interested in seeing how FIRST develops here in europe, and hopefully switzerland.

The first-virus is inevitable…

we also had a brazilian exchange student in our team, however he didn’t go down to seattle for the regionals (which was especially sad as the brazilian team was there…by the way, anyone from the seattle regionals, we’re team 628, HEXAGORE)

greets,
-Mike
Student on #628
Xerox Creativity Award for HEXAGORE

Hey Mike, are you going down to Florida???

If yes, come and visit me in the pits of Team 343 some time (I’ll be wearing a grren T-Shirt with Cowpants, you’ll see…)

*Originally posted by Gil Huggins *
**It is with much pleasure that “Metal In Motion” will also bring to Orlando two exchange students from Germany. It is our hope that they too will help celebrate FIRST and introduce it to our friends there. Please be sure and drop by our pit area (Team 343) and say hello to them. **

Loooooooooooool :slight_smile:

Well, I know that you guys have one German girl on your team and I guess the second german person you’re reffering to is a gest staying with you from tema 885?? That would be me, lol…
But I can try to meet myself, maybe I have some luck…
lool, thanks again for taking me and Cate down to the nationals 343… C ya guys down there tonight

So long, Phil

PS: Only 4500 seconds left to go before I leave for the airport…

nope, phil, we can’t go down to the nationals :frowning: we were elligable (since our team number is even) but at that time we didn’t have the funds and in the regionals, we made it into the quarter finals but then lost :frowning: and the design award doesn’t allow us to go either, unfortunately…however I’m eager to read how you guys are going to do down there

Hey Mike!

We’re an odd team number (885) and didn’t win any of the necessary award to qualify, so out team isn’t going to the nats either…

But Team 343 was so nice to take us down here, so we’re staying with them…

We just saw the einstein stage etc…

It’s a blast down here, unbelievable…

I’ll maybe try to post some photos from the nats on Chiefdelphi, so check back…

so long, Phil

Hi there

My name is David and I was an exchange student in Oconomowoc, WI back in 1999. This was the first year our high school participated in the FIRST competition as team No 269. We had such an awesome time, words just can’t describe it.

I was so thrilled by the competition that I tried to start a German team, too.

First off, I showed all the video documentation we had done to my class mates at school. They were in for it but the harder part of course is to get a sponsor for your team.

Luckily I live in Bochum which is right in the “Ruhrgebiet” (a district that is very industrial) with the car manufacturer Opel (part of GM) in my city.

So I collected all my videos, made a presentation and even got an appointment with the PR manager of Opel to show him what I got.

Unfurtunately I never heard from him again after the meething although he told me that he would contact me after talking to some leaders…

I don’t want to stop your enthusiasm and your motivation but keep in mind that Germany’s economy isn’t doing too well and I bet you won’t find a lot of companies (and I’m thinking about bigger ones that could most probably afford it in contrast to smaller companies) that are willing to have some engineers work for the competition and not for them… and to spend thousands of dollars (imagine… shipping, parts and whatsoever and also getting the whole team over to the US!!!).

If you still wanna try it (maybe we can get MORE (say like… 10) of us (that’s exchange students who have participated in the FIRST competition) together) just let me know… maybe we can all talk to various companies and try to get one big team going (although I imagine that would probably be really hard logistically…).

I’m gonna start working for Porsche in September. So when I have established myself there I might try to get them to start a team!

We’ll see… I hope we can get a German team going sometime in the future

hey there psychoPhil and 885!

This is team 907, our alliance did great!

Hope you can establish a team in Germany, perhaps have a european regional, then shipping wouldn’t cost as much, oh yeah, shipping was prepaid by fedex! and I still have the forms, since i’m the captain, lol, i wonder if i can use them.

-shafi out static