2016 New York City Regional, Rookie Inspiration Award
In its first year, the club started its journey with great drive and determination and competed in FIRST Robotics Competition Off-Season 2015 hosted by the Fikret Yüksel Foundation at Ulker Sports Arena. Here, RC Roboteam was one of the most passionate teams in Turkey, later representing Turkey in the FIRST Robotics Competition 2016 New York City Regional which took place at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. In New York City Regional, RC Roboteam was awarded the Rookie Inspiration Award, an award given to a rookie team that had an outstanding success for their respect, and creating the appreciation for both engineering and engineers within their school and their community.
Our team worked really hard to transfer the knowledge it gained. For this, we had different projects. We focused on science and technology education with our Inspirational STEM Projects with children, our partnership with Social Maker Lab, and Aydın Community Involvement Project. Unfortunately, we also recognized the major gender gap when it comes to the technology field, so we wanted to change things by inspiring young females all around Turkey to get involved in technology. So we motivated and helped a group of young girls to compete in Technovation in a project called Women in STEM.
2016 November Turkish Offseason, Entrepreneurship Award
At the beginning of 2016-2017 school year, our team has collaborated with Sainte Pulcherie to form SPARC. We had experience from last year and were able to build nicely-performing robots successfully. Besides this, our aim was to spread our STEM and Robotics knowledge to other schools in Turkey. By gathering 80 students from 10 different schools around Turkey, we developed a comprehensive business plan to achieve our team objective, spreading our STEM and Robotics knowledge, and help the creation of new Robotics teams around Turkey. We started the SPARC spirit, which has become a self-sustaining program. The rookie teams which were formed by our mighty support are now helping other students from different places around Turkey to create their own Robotics teams. We won the Entrepreneurship Award for the successful self-sustaining program we created. We are delighted by the success of the new teams we formed, and we are honored by their successful entry to the world of STEM and Robotics.
2017 Orange County Regional, Judge’s Award
Orange County Regional was the second time we were participating in a competition as the team SPARC. This time we had more students in our team each willing to participate and improve the team. In a limited amount of time, we became more than a team, a family.
2017 Orange County Regional, Dean’s List Award
In the following year, our team from Robert College combined strengths with Lycee Sainte-Pulcherie with a name called SPARC. SPARC participated in Turkish Offseason and won the Entrepreneurship award. This was very important as the team was given 5000 dollars for all of its efforts in the Regional Competition. SPARC then traveled to Orange County Regional and not only won the Judges’ Award but also had a student, Alara Değirmenci from Robert College, to be selected as Dean’s List Finalist.
As a result of our team’s efforts and performance in the Offseason, we were given a merit recognition, which we appreciated deeply.
2017 Istanbul Offseason
By working cooperatively with other Turkish teams and learning as much as we’ve thought, as Robert College Robotics Team, we decided to start our own team with the name of ARC. This year we participated in Turkish Offseason again. It was saddening that we weren’t able to get any awards; however, our robot performed magnificently throughout the competition. We had some technical difficulties, but our team managed to place as the 3rd best team out of 51. We also managed to get the most match points out of all the teams that competed.
2018 Istanbul Regional, Imagery Award
Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen celebrates attractiveness in engineering and outstanding visual aesthetic integration of machine and team appearance in the competition. With our pink pit area and sweatshirts, we attracted a lot of attention throughout the Regional. As our pink dragon mascot meets with other teams and our robot Mr. Pink competed in the matches, we showed people that pink is not only a color but an attitude, winning the Imagery Award for our outstanding visual appearance.
2018 Istanbul Regional, Finalist Award
Finalist Award recognizes the Alliance competing in the final match of the Regional. With our highly performing robot and talented drive team, we became the eight team at the end of the qualification matches. After alliance selection, we made it to the final match of the competition, winning the Finalist Award.
2018 Istanbul Regional, Wildcard Award
As we were in the Finalist Alliance, we were also selected for one of the Wild Cards of the Regional, receiving the right to compete in the FIRST World Championship in Houston. Wild Card Award is our key for Championship and now we are getting ready to compete in Houston