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Welcome!

Welcome to the official website of Falcon Engineering and Design Solutions, Team 201 - The FEDS, a FIRST Robotics team from Rochester High School, in Rochester Hills, Michigan.

Interested in joining the FEDS? Do you want to be an Agent of Change? Here is everything you need to apply to the team!

 

Application Steps

Find all important documents at feds201.com/documents. 

Read the ByLaws and Handbook.
Complete the online application by 9/5.
Pay the RCS Club Fee ($30) on the RCS enrichment website by 9/15.
View the team calendar on the website; note important dates. 
Parents and students attend mandatory parent meeting on Thursday, 9/12, 7-9PM, RHS, Media Center, where you will pay the $201 team fee, checks to RCS. *Note the RCS club fee and team fee must be paid separately.

 

STIMS

FIRST requires all youth team members to register as a member of a specific FIRST team via www.firstinspires.org. The student will create a user account and provide the parent/guardian email address. Our team number is 201 and the program is FRC. The parent should receive an email to complete the registration and electronically sign the FIRST Consent and Release Form. 

Additional Team 201 forms can be found on our website. All of these steps must be completed by 9/15. Mentors will be available to help you with this at the parent orientation. 


Fall Schedule

The team will meet every Thursday from 6-9PM in the robotics wing of the school, near the Chemistry classrooms.

Parents are encouraged to attend if available. Some Saturdays are also scheduled. See the full schedule hereIf a student is unable to attend a scheduled meeting, they are required to email ahead to feds201atttendance@gmail.com.

Attendance is considered when evaluating students to qualify for travel to competitions with the team. 


In addition to regular meetings, each new freshman student must fulfill a minimum of 15 outreach hours, sponsored by our team, by the end of 2019, to remain in good standing. Returning students are required to complete 25 team outreach hours, at least two fundraisers, by the end of 2019. 

 

Member Expectations 

  • Members must maintain academic eligibility as per school policy, wear their team approved apparel at events, complete required outreach hours, abide by the RCS Code of Conduct and the Acceptable Use for Technology Agreement at all times, communicate their transportation needs in a timely manner, and will notify team leadership when they will be absent from required activities via feds201attendance@gmail.com

  • Members are expected to sign up for the team Remind 101 by texting @feds201 to 81010; monitor an active student/parent email account and sign up for the Discord app (FEDS 201 group). 

  • Members are expected to operate in accordance to the FIRST principle of Gracious Professionalism: respecting everyone and the community, committing to fierce competition and mutual gain at the same time, but treating everyone with kindness and respect in the process. 

Safety 

Our team is committed to safety and follows the FIRST model of safety precautions as listed in the Team Handbook. 

 

Parent/Guardian Responsibilities 

Parents/guardians are encouraged to become team mentors (technical or non-technical) and/or volunteers. No mentors/volunteers = no robotics team. All of our existing mentors have full-time jobs so we all need to pitch in to make this run well. The estimated per student parent volunteer commitment for the upcoming season is roughly 4 hours each. You will have an opportunity to sign up for volunteer slots during orientation.

 

Mission

 The mission of the FEDS is to share knowledge and enthusiasm about STEM-related fields, cultivating future leaders in engineering, business, technology and the arts. We aim to provide a life changing experience, and the opportunity to learn many skills that will stay with students throughout their lives, from networking with other teams and building meaningful relationships with community stakeholders to designing and building a robot of the highest quality, resilience and visual aesthetics. The FEDS value the FIRST robotics principles of gracious professionalism, coopertition and diversity.

History

Since 1998, the team has provided an environment for high school students to experience hands-on activities with guidance from professional mentors. These activities include computer-aided design, electronic layout, mechanical construction, animation, programming, as well as public relations. Over the course of the 6 week build season, students are guided throughout the product development life cycle, while taking leadership roles on different subteams. 


 

 

 


       

Special thanks to all our sponsors:

GM Research and Development, FCA Foundation, TARDEC, NDEPOakland University - School of Engineering and Computer Science, DURA Automotive, Genisys Credit Union, Chet's Rent-AllDassault Systèmes Solidworks Div., ABB Robotics, Continental, Gestamp, Silver Ink, Bosch, Rochester High School and the State of Michigan

Without the help of our generous sponsors, dedicated mentors and parents, FIRST would not exist in our school. Thank you!