More than just robots
by Kyoungjoo C.
Of course, FTC isn't just about robots, but is also about the relationship between team members and the coaches. With this in mind, our team has participated in many fun activities outside of our regular work meeting times. From hosting the end of the season or graduation parties to just hanging out together at the beach, there have been some key moments that we will never forget. Even though our team blossomed from a childhood friendship, the team managed to learn more about each other this season. Important conversations like future universities or wackier discussions like relationship advice would be the focus during these meet-ups, helping us better understand each other when we are out on the robot field.
One of the first things our team did early in the season was our little pre-season beach hang out. A few weeks before the start of school, all our team members met at Spanish banks in the brisk near autumn weather. Although the weather was a disappointment, we made it work by having a picnic and playing volleyball on the cold icy sand. It was quite a sight to see for our coaches watching the robotics nerds attempt to set and volley the ball to each other, but this was the definition of fun for all of us. Eventually, our two co-captains attempted to drag us into the water, going as far as splashing water onto our perfectly dry clothes... Despite that, it was a great hangout and we were even able to introduce two new members to our team, all while getting drenched by our co-captains.
Another memorable team bonding exercise that will forever be in our hearts was our Christmas party after the first league event. After our more than satisfactory results, the whole team decided that they all deserved a party before winter break. The first league of the season had been one of our best FTC leagues EVER, and our excitement, combined with good measure of holiday cheer, led us to our decision to do something fun!. We chose to go bouldering and afterwards chip in for a little game of White Elephant.
The basics of this game are simple. You can read the rules here: How to play White Elephant Gift Exchange Game. This little game really tested our creativity on what kind of gifts could fit any of our 9 members.
Before this event, however, we indulged in some classic bouldering at a nearby facility. Just like our beach trip, it was quite an amusing sight watching each of us struggle.
Forces Our success as a team so far would never have been possible if we didn’t plan these small outings every now and then. These team bonding activities have taught us that we actually don't know each other as well as we think we do, and we continue to invest in one another friendship. I believe this characteristic is one of the many that sets us apart from the other FTC teams. Our friendship is perhaps the main force behind Forces Unknown.