Foundation for Community Driven Innovation (FCDI) board members and FIRST alumni met yesterday at Electro Mechanical Solutions (EMS) in Odessa, to inspect AMRoCs FIRST Robotics Competition field construction project. After assembling fields for six ROBOTICONs and several Orlando Regionals the EMS-built field is a truly a field of dreams! The seasoned professionals at EMS are master craftspeople whose expertise clearly shows in the beautiful design and manufacturing that has gone into the field.
Just a half dozen people easily assembled side panels and a drive station, with pieces fitting interchangeably, and smoothly, and locking securely. There are a few more elements to manufacture, plus the road crates to store and transport the field as needed, but by the time ROBOTICON 2018 rolls round in September, this beautiful field will be ready!
It’s especially exciting to us that FIRST alumni are involved in the build. Vishal Vellody, an alum of FIRST Robotics Competition team 5276, the Edgar Allan Ohms of Pasco County Libraries, is working as an apprentice at the manufacturing facility and helping with the construction of the field, and Ryder Fitzpatrick, an alum of FIRST Tech Challenge team 2845, Team Duct Tape, and currently interning at SOFWERX, has been helping CAD parts for the field.
We’re looking forward to showcasing this centerpiece of AMRoC, along with FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST LEGO League resources for Tampa Bay students, and some exciting educational and training opportunities for FIRST alumni and other young adults interested in exploring trades.