Here at Saints Robotics, our vision is to empower and inspire members of all ages in our community to become involved in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics through supportive and spirited competition.
We are Saints Robotics, Team 1899, a FIRST Robotics Competition Team based out of Interlake High School in Bellevue, Washington. We strive to engage students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by allowing them to work on the construction of physical robots.
Interlake Saints Robotics strives to increase efficiency in STEM education by helping students better themselves –to challenge its members and all those it affects to learn and apply STEM skills through hands-on, mentor-guided activities, and in the process, spread interest and competence in engineering to provide opportunities for everyone impacted to change the world through areas of knowledge that they are passionate about.
An acronym we use at Saints Robotics to remember this is I.C.E.G.I.F.T.
Internal and External Team Relations
Saints Robotics is a student-led organization, which allows students to take charge of their own learning. Our egalitarian relationship between veterans and newcomers, and members and mentors, empowers students to learn and make a difference regardless of previous experience.
We are also a member of the Bellevue Alliance, along with other FRC robotics teams in Bellevue. We aim to create an environment where we can support each other and challenge each other. Feel free to check out the Bellevue Alliance Website.
Furthermore, we practice gracious professionalism — an important aspect of the FIRST Robotics Competition — where all teams treat each other with respect and lend a helping hand, even while in competition. Saints Robotics also takes this philosophy out of the competition and into the community, and aims to encourage all members to be involved in service and outreach projects.
Also be sure to check out our Podcast, Robotics Assemble, to learn more about Saints Robotics, alumni, mentors, other teams, FIRST, and the professional world!
Our team’s activities center around the FIRST Robotics Competition. Every year we receive a new game from FIRST and we as a team build a robot, to compete with, for that game during competitions. FIRST also rewards teams during competition for the work they do around their communities that help spread and promote STEM. Furthermore, FIRST reward teams for their qualities like their organization or their inclusiveness.
View our previous competition history.
As a student-led organization, we understand the importance of organization and keeping an in-depth account of all club activity. As a result, we maintain a strict record of meetings as well as finances. These are stored in a public google drive folder which is updated frequently.
Not only does the team build robots, but it also emphasizes the importance of community outreach. Every year the team organizes robotics demonstrations including ones at local elementary school STEM nights, community events and fairs, and even our own school. In addition, the team is dedicated to creating engineering focused programs for elementary schoolers and has hosted the Saints Engineering Robotics Camp, a physical camp, and the newly created Interlake Saints Online Learning Experience, a virtual camp.
In order to manage a team of over ninety students efficiently, we divide our club into five subteams: Mechanical, Control Systems, Programming, Business, and Imagery. Each of these subteams is under one of two branches: Engineering or Communications. Starting the 2020 year, a Competition Branch was added with leads of Safety, Scouting, and Drive Team for the sake of ensuring an organized approach to the competition aspect of the team.
All members can participate in any subteam of their choosing and are always encouraged to try other subteams out throughout the year. Another thing to consider is that multiple projects that we work on, including the Podcast and hosting the summer camps, have people throughout the team involved and are not necessarily a task single-handedly done by one subteam. In essence, the member joins the team. The sub-team is just a construct to help with organization.
Members use OnShape, an online design tool which aids in sharing and collaborating designs at an accelerated pace. They work together to establish a strong, enduring robot to operate during FIRST competitions because of that material’s low-cost and ecofriendly impacts.
They are then in charge of putting those pieces together, as well as modifying them in order to finish the physical robot that our team will use in competition.
Control Systems Subteam
Control Systems is the combination and unification of both the engineering and programming aspects of the robot. We focus on the power and signal delivery, cable management and most importantly RGB. Recently we have been working on developing new sensor technology and designing our very own PCBs!
Programming is the sub-team that is responsible for every piece of code that goes into the robot. The team allows its members to take computer science theory that they learn in class and apply it to real world robots.
The sub-team mostly focuses on Java, and has constructed its own framework in Java to better collaborate and innovate with the robot code. The programming sub-team also focuses on accessibility and opportunity by providing a short crash-course in Java.
The Business subteam helps our club fundraise money as well as organizes community outreach opportunities for the club. Skills that can be acquired in this subteam include business and project management as well as writing and public speaking.
Our Business subteam works with large corporations and foundations to raise funds for the team. They also work in community outreach, holding events to raise awareness about the team. Additionally, this sub-team writes grants to outside companies, which generates a large amount of funding for the robot and the team as a whole.
The Imagery subteam is one of the most crucial subteams in the team. Besides using videos and photography to promote the image of Saints Robotics to the public, Imagery has the ability to work on many other projects including recruitment videos, flyers for events, binder formatting, Chairman’s video, etc. One of the biggest projects that Imagery is currently working on is the podcast (be sure to check it out!). They also work on thinking about marketing strategies with the Business team and help create the website.
Imagery uses cameras and videos to capture and post about our team, editing those images and videos to showcase the qualities of our team. Imagery also documents public outreach events, records the progress of our robot, and produces promotional material to distribute online and to our sponsors. They also capture the enthusiasm at the FIRST robotics competitions, and contribute to the overall community.
Imagery helps to keep our club on the radar, as well as provide anything image-related our club needs. This sub-team helps to solidify what our team does, making sure that what happens in our team does not just stay in our team, but the hard work and labor of each sub-team is documented and appreciated.
The Competition Branch was established during the 2020-2021 school year to ensure there was a focused attention put on the competition aspect of the team, which plays a large role for Saints Robotics as we are an FRC team. They focus on the competition logistics, awards, and other related aspects.
While there are no specific subteams in this branch, leads use help from throughout the team as Competition incorporates the entirety of what the team does.
- Safety Captain: focuses on ensuring the team members understand the safety protocols, creates safety procedures, and works on the safety binder
- Scouting Lead: creates a platform to take notes during competitions so that the drive team can make the right decisions, establishes a schedule to ensure all members at competition are able to assist in scouting, and analyzes the data
- Drive Team Captain: manages the drive team and prepares them for competition