Kicking off the 2013 build season

L to R: Bailey P, Jaryth H, Jared O, Kaden K

L to R: Bailey P, Jaryth H, Jared O, Kaden K

Team 957 has many personalities, as well as talents, and –sometimes- overwhelming creativity.  This is whyI know that come time for regionals we’ll do great as a team! At Kickoff, the gathering of people with the same interests was amazing. The chatter of people who barely know each other talking shop was mind blowing. It helped me realize how much of an impact FIRST really had on these kid’s lives.

Kickoff was best described by team president Kevin T. “Fun, and super exciting, and pretty much determines how you’re going to live for the next six weeks.” We will be focused on creating a robot that can pick up, shoot disks, and climb a pyramid.

L to R: Truman T, Savannah VW

L to R: Truman T, Savannah VW

We have our work cut out for us. Yet the progress we have made is astonishing, we already have a strategy and robot priorities. You could see the wheels moving in everybody’s head. The ideas were brilliant.  I’m thankful to be working with such dedicated people.

I’m so happy to start this next six weeks with people who love what they’re doing, and are doing what they love. To me that is more important than winning regionals, but if anyone asks I’d say we have a good chance at that too.

Author Caitlin M. Photos by Chris N. Originally published OregonFirst.org