Hello, and welcome to the preseason of the 2016-2017 FIRST Robotics Competition season! We hope you’re just as excited as we are to dive into the sport for the mind this winter and to witness the progress that occurs within FIRST robotics in the coming months!
Now, allow us to introduce ourselves: we’re SMR Vault. You may recognize us from the update series we created last season, but for those not familiar with us, or for those who haven’t been introduced to our history and our mission, we’d love to fill you in!
SMR Vault (“Smoky Mountains Robotics Vault”) was established last season as a side project of Blount County Robotics. Its premise was simple: to serve as an information hub for East Tennessee robotics teams. As a starting point, we began collecting video content from teams in East Tennessee and compiling them into weekly update videos during the build season. The goal of this series was to allow robotics teams to observe the strategies and techniques of others, thus facilitating the spread of ideas and enhancing communication within our area.
Today, we are proud of the connectivity we’ve set out to establish, and we plan to ambitiously pursue the following mission in the coming year:
** “Our mission is to enhance the connectivity of and serve as an information hub to the robotics community and to provide real-world experience in marketing, journalism, and media production for students in East Tennessee and throughout the country.” **
We see this endeavor as a unique way to embrace FIRST’s concept of “coopertition,” or the synthesis of cooperation and competition. As a mentor from Blount County Robotics once pointed out, “you never see football teams exchanging playbooks with each other, but with FIRST, that’s basically what’s happening.” SMR Vault is a new medium for this exchange, and we look forward to seeing all teams work together through this to advance the innovation that FIRST has set out to inspire.
If your team is interested in appearing in future videos, or for any other business inquiries, feel free to contact us at [email protected]. Also, check out our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoT85r_bOpepcwN1V1_TSoA, and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @SMRVault