About ARC #6014
Our team has its roots in RC Roboteam, established in 2015. In 2015, we participated in Turkish Offseason and New York City Regional and won the Rookie Inspiration award in the New York City Regional. A year after, we expanded and became a new team SPaRC: A joint team consisting of Lycee Sainte-Pulcherie and Robert College. The teams united to make the best use of their strengths. As SPaRC, we participated in Turkish Offseason. We were given Entrepreneurship award, 5000 dollar to be used in our efforts for Regional competition.At Orange County Regional we won the Judges’ Award. Also, Alara Değirmenci from Robert College was selected as FIRST Dean’s List Finalist. 2016 was again a successful. In 2017, we, as Robert College Robotics Club, decided that we gained enough experience of working cooperatively and aspiring other Turkish teams with our devotion to robotics. That was the start of the current team: ARC.
What is FRC?
The FIRST Robotics Competition is one of four robotics competition programs organized by FIRST, the other three being FIRST Lego League Jr., FIRST Lego League, and the FIRST Tech Challenge.
The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is an international high school robotics competition. Each year, teams of high school students, coaches, and mentors work during a six-week period to build game-playing robots that weigh up to 120 pounds (54 kg). Robots complete tasks such as scoring balls into goals, flying discs into goals, inner tubes onto racks, hanging on bars, and balancing robots on balance beams. The game, along with the required set of tasks, changes annually. While teams are given a standard set of parts, they are also allowed a budget and are encouraged to buy or make specialized parts.
FIRST Robotics Competition has a unique culture, built around two values. “Gracious Professionalism” embraces the competition inherent in the program, but rejects trash talk and chest-thumping, instead embracing empathy and respect for other teams. “Coopertition” emphasizes that teams can cooperate and compete at the same time. The goal of the program is to inspire students to be science and technology leaders.
What is FIRST?
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology by inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen, with inspiration and assistance from physicist and MIT professor emeritus Woodie Flowers. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.For more information, visit: https://www.firstinspires.org/
As the ARC, we believe that technology is the magic of the modern world, and the magicians of this century will be the ones who shape the future. Hence, our main purpose is to inspire and train the magicians of the future, by building science, engineering, and technology skills that inspire innovation while nourishing curiosity, creativity, perseverance, risk taking, openness, self confidence, communication, and leadership.
- Creating innovative projects in our club in technological and scientific areas, especially robotics;
- Exhibiting our robots and projects in competitions both national and international;
- Representing our country and our high school Robert College in the best way possible;
- Giving high school students ideas about their future by introducing them to engineering.
From our little maker-spaces in our schools, by taking advantage of the uniting power of social media, we have been communicating with FRC Teams from all around the world. Our well rounded use of various social media platforms, whether it is Facebook or Instagram, has enabled constant access to collaboration with other teams regardless of the thousands of miles between our schools. As our team is comprised of many different schools, we all had different accounts on social media. Now we have combined our forces to reach an even bigger audience.
Through social media we have been able to:
- Receive and offer help to different FRC teams from all over the world during and after the build season.
- Keep our sponsors and fans up to date on what we are up to everyday by sharing our progress on various platforms.
- Reach more than 400 people through each Instagram post.
We also believe that the friends we made during the competitions and FRC events are essential. We are constantly in touch with the teams we had made friends with during the Kickoff, Offseason and NYC Regional. We are using the FRC Turkey WhatsApp group which we’ve created with other teams in order to communicate with the other teams.
We have been using the blessings the 21st century media offers us to the fullest, as it has provided us unlimited access to contact other teams to collaborate!
In order to reach our community in the best ways possible and be active in every aspect of the society, we constantly come up with new projects! From planning community involvement projects to organizing hackathons our team intends to spread our innovative spirit as much as possible. The community involvement projects give us unique opportunities to influence children’s lives and welcome them into the tomorrow’s world