FIRST is a robotics competition founded by inventor Dean Kamen (the Segway). FIRST, an acronym for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” is an international phenomenon, which pairs high schools with corporate engineering sponsors to build a robot which will compete in a sport-like event. The goal of the program is to give students hands-on experience working with adult professionals in the fields in which they are mentoring.
FIRST Robotics Team 4984, Bullseye, is Rancho Christian High School's competitive robotics team. Team Bullseye began competition in the 2013-2014 school year, and has experienced exponential growth and competitive success each year and has become a marquee program in the high school.
Led by Program Director, Mr. Mike Majewski, and a group of dedicated team mentors, the team kicks off their season in January when FIRST releases each year’s game and guidelines. That announcement starts the 6 ½ week “build season” where our team designs, builds, programs, and practices driving a fully functioning robot. It truly is “the hardest fun” ever! During build season, the team is building daily, after school, from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm, and Saturdays from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
During the fall, the team works on skill building in preparation for the frantic build season, including preparations in the 500 sq. ft. RCS Robotics Lab, award submissions, and team building. Meetings are typically one day from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm during the fall. Additional meetings may occur as designated by mentor/student availability and interest.
Team Bullseye typically participates in two Regional Competitions per season. In the past we have attended events in: San Diego, Palm Desert, Las Vegas, Boise, and Hawii. Students are responsible for their own travel expenses, however fundraising opportunities are provided.
Should the team qualify for World Championships at one of our Regionals, or make it through the backup selection process, a select contingent of students, generally upper division students will go to the World Championship in Houston, TX in April.