B-B-E Resistance Robotics gears up for Week Zero (VIDEO)


February 22, 2024


A view at Willmar high school's Big Red Gym on Saturday, February 24 during the robotics Week Zero scrimmage.

The Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Resistance Robotics team is in the midst of their 2024 build season in preparation for two regional competitions in March. They travel to Willmar high school this Saturday (February 24) for what is dubbed Week Zero, where the team can scrimmage other schools' robots on the competition field.

B-B-E's team is part of the nationwide network of high school robotics teams working under FIRST, which stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, a global nonprofit educational organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989.

FIRST benefits from the support of over 200 Fortune 500 companies, and its robotics competitions seek to combine the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology.

Kamen's overriding goal across the past three-plus decades is to instill "gracious professionalism" in students.

Gracious Professionalism is part of the ethos of FIRST. It's a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.

Through Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain coexist. Participants compete intensely while treating each other with respect and empathy. There is no trash talking, nor disingenuous platitudes. Knowledge, competition and empathy are comfortably blended.

The term was coined by Dr. Woodie Flowers, (1943 - 2019) Executive Advisory Board Chair Emeritus & Distinguished Advisor.

The FIRST Core Values are fundamental to FIRST and unique to its programs. They emphasize friendly sportsmanship, respect for the contributions of others, teamwork, learning, and community involvement and are part of our commitment to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion.

The 2024 robotics competition is called Crescendo, presented by Haas, orchestrating engineering skills and creative power to entertain and move the world in an exhilarating new challenge.

At the season's kick off event on January 6, over 3,500 teams tuned in remotely for the live broadcast that unveiled this year's challenge.


(HD VIDEO) At the B-B-E high school shop on Monday, February 19 as the robotics team worked on the 2024 robot ahead of Week Zero.

Working with adult mentors, students have limited time to design, build, program, and test their robots to meet the season's challenge. Once these young inventors build a robot, their teams will participate in one or more of the global 171 Regional and District events that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration, and the determination of students.

This year's robotics competition mixes science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) with the robots being designed to lift or grab circular game pieces and add them in distinct locations. This is done while working in two groups of three teams in opposing alliances on the competition floor.

The game pieces are delivered into specific locations around the competition floor in a set period of time lasting over two minutes.

The 2024 FIRST robotics competition was designed to inspire big ideas with bold action and creativity. The skills are meant to show students how they can create art and experiences that bring people together, entertain us and move us.


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