Who is Holland CHAOS?
We are a group of high school students from Holland High School and Black River Schools who use teamwork as a strength to bring us together through challenges . One of our greatest abilities is to survive on pizza and soda alone during our 6 week winter build season. We are composed of potential engineers, athletes and the quiet kids from the back of the classroom who share a passion for creating opportunities for our future, because robotics is more than just robots.
In addition to the diverse students that compose our team, we have an equally eclectic support group of parents and mentors. They are who guide and encourage us to become better leaders, students and friends.
As a team, we would like to invite students, parents, and potential mentors alike to add to our tradition of excellence and our community.
What is a FIRST robotics competition (FRC) team?
An FRC team is a group of high school students that are given a challenge and 6 weeks to complete said challenge. The challenge changes every year. The challenge for 2013 was Ultimate Ascent. For 2014 the robot challenge was Aerial Assist. Simply follow the link for more information about each game. During the 6 week build time, we have rules that govern the dimensions, weight limit and amount of money. All without blue prints to follow. The only materials we are given is a kit of parts at kick off which is the moment that every team finds out what the challenge is.
What is the outcome of being on a team?
Being on a first robotics team is a very rewarding experience. You receive an amazing hands on experience. FIRST offers over $20,000,000 in scholarships, and opens many doors. For example, one of our students received an interview with a software development company due to his time on with FIRST. Also, another student received an internship from one of our many amazing sponsors.
The benefits and experiences of being involved with a FRC team range from personal to professional. These experiences offer challenges, struggles and learning unmatched by other activities offered through school.