If you’re on the team, you need to go register here: STIMS Registration. Thank you!
Team 1209 was founded in 2002 as a way to increase involvement in STEM at a school that offers no shop classes. As a veteran team, 1209 has worked diligently to spread the values of FIRST to its members, Booker T., and the community.
This previous year we had 50 students on the team. Along with that large number of students, we also encountered some financial issues. This year we expect to have even more students, and could really use your help with the funding. Read more on our GoFundMe page.
This year’s FRC game reveal:
In 2015, Team 1209 beta-tested the new FRC control system. A team of students and mentors built an electronics board, including all of the new control system elements. They then partially rebuilt our 2015 robot, to test the new control system. As we worked, we reported our progress on an online forum to allow FIRST to improve the system and fix bugs. Overall, we found that the new control system was better than the old one. This was mainly because the wiring is easier, and the components (especially the Robo-RIO) are smaller than the old components.
After completing the beta test, we helped other teams get started on the new control system by giving a presentation and demonstrating our robot at the Tulsa area kickoff event. The presentation we showed can be found here.
The Booker T. FTC teams are currently dormant due to a lack of resources and an increased focus on FRC. However, Booker T. students are invited to join BSA Explorer STEAM POST 26, which has 2 FTC teams for the 2016/2017 season. The post was started by two Robohornets, and the hope is that the ties between Booker T. and STEAM POST 26 will continue to strengthen with time. You can check out their website here.
We surveyed the members of BTW Robotics and asked what was memorable about being a part of FIRST and how it has helped them. Here are some of our favorite responses:
- “FIRST has made me love the STEM field more and want to have more involvement with STEM in my near and far future. FIRST has exposed me to skill and techniques that I hadn’t seen before and has made me love engineering more.” – Hea Pushpraj, Project Manager, Class of 2021
- “FIRST has helped me by teaching me the skills it takes to build a robot and giving me a business set of mind. I have learned that being able to market your idea to other people is important on the team and in real life.” – Jomari Gee, Class of 2019
- “You get to build cool robots and stuff. Traveling, I don’t get to do that much. And I get to meet new people at competition.” -Elyjah Armendariz, Class of 2019
- “I’ve always had an interest in engineering, but I’ve never known just how much there was to learn until joining robotics. FIRST has inspired me to explore the fields I’m interested in more in-depth.” – Isaak Mitchell, Electronics Sub Team Leader, Class of 2020
- “Joining robotics completely switched my views on my future. I fell in love with programming, computer science, and engineering, and now I want a degree in that field.” – Ben Hughes, President, Class of 2019