“Have we taught you anything?” ::rtm::
I am trying to do an in-depth analysis of the educational impact that FIRST has on students, and need everyone’s assistance. Feel free to answer as briefly or as extensively as possible. The results will be tabulated and posted as a white paper at the conclusion of the season.
Within many FIRST teams, there is both a “formal” and an “informal” education process. Our team holds “Leadership Training” sessions in the late summer. During the pre-season, we have mini-seminars on a wide variety of of topics: CAD, Electronics, Programming, Marketing, Database Design, etc… to allow students to try new things. During both the pre-season, and during the build season, we take the sub-team leaders through “system process engineering” training. Lastly, many of our students are also part of a Robotics Engineering class, which has a curriculum aligned to FIRST concepts. Students in those classes are required to build FTC or VEX robots as part of class projects.
My question is, and while I would love the student’s perspectives on this, I understand that many students may not be aware of exactly what we mentors are doing to them, so I open this up to all …
What have you learned from FIRST? If you could create a resume based on topics or skills you have learned, what would you say? Also, if you were asked how proficient you are, novice, beginner, intermediate, advanced, or expert - what would you say? Also, if you were to share that information, what resource would you use to help another individual learn the same concept?
Here is the format that I would like.
- Current Grade Level (if applicable):
- Topic/Skill (Be as specific as possible - don’t put “sensor” or “programming” - say “wiring a touch sensor” or “programming the PID in Labview”):
- Years of Experience:
- Proficiency (novice, beginner, intermediate, advanced, expert):
- Learning Resource (URL, Youtube video, book, expert, etc.):
I thank you in advance for your time and efforts!
… lastly, if you don’t feel comfortable posting publicly, feel free to PM with your info!