We are an all-ladies FTC team from St. Paul, Minnesota. The 2017-18 season will be our 4th year in the program and we also participated in FIRST LEGO League (FLL) for 5 years.

FIRST® Tech Challenge teams (10+ members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to play a floor game in an alliance format.” More information can be found at www.firstinspires.org.

FIRST ROBOTICS

FIRST is a nonprofit organization that has international robotics programs for students from kindergarten up through senior year of high school. These programs have inspired us and made a huge impact on our and our mentors’ lives. It’s #morethanrobots — not only do we learn engineering skills and documentation, but we learn how to give a presentation, speak to adults, create a solid brand, and share our passion, and more. We don’t know where we would be without it.

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POSSE FAQ

Where are you from?

We’re a neighborhood (not school-supported) team from St. Paul, Minnesota.

How did you get started in FIRST robotics?

Our (now) coach was volunteered for the local elementary school FLL program by his wife. A couple of years later, his own daughter was old enough to join the program, so she called up a few friends and started an all-girls team. We kept the same core members over the years and eventually became the lovely group of gals that we are today.

How long have you been doing this?

Our team first started in 2009 with FLL, so the 2017-18 season will be our ninth. We’ve been in FTC for four of those nine seasons.

Have you ever traveled as a team?

Yes! We have traveled several times to compete. Check out the travel tag on our blog.

Do any of you want to become engineers?

Definitely. FIRST has impacted all of our career paths, whether it be towards STEM fields or something else. Sabriyah and Nancy are both interested in becoming engineers. Amy is heading towards a successful career in marketing and/or entrepreneurship, which she says was directly inspired by the annual research project in FLL. Rose has also found a love for marketing, as well as graphic design, coding, and website-building (guess who’s typing this right now?). These are only a few examples — so even though not all of us aspire to become engineers, FIRST has made all of us interested in jobs that we never would have pursued before.

Why are none of you wearing ponytails?

Excellent question! Although we used to all wear ponytails to every event, over the years, our team name has become more of a symbol for our all-girls-ness. Also, none of us really like wearing ponytails (except for, ironically, the team member with the shortest hair).

Who is Stacy?

Stacy is our robot, named after a character in a skit we made for the 2012 FLL research project. We also have a 3D printer named Tracy, a demo robot named Nina, and another (mostly stripped) robot named Jane.

TEAM BIOGRAPHIES

Sabriyah Nancy

SABRIYAH

Expert at engineering and cold calling sponsors. Would one day like to parlay her robotics experience into a career in engineering. (Age 16)

NANCY

Another of the team’s engineering extraordinaires. Has an obsession with color-coding and is the master of staying on task. (Age 16)

Charlotte Heeral

CHARLOTTE

Part of the Posse’s hardware team. (Age 15)

HEERAL

Part of the Posse’s hardware team. (Age 16)

Meghan Rose

MEGHAN

Our pragmatic problem‐solving programmer. Can be relied on to think on her feet when problems arise during competitions. Has the longest ponytail on the team. (Age 17)

ROSE

Photoshop guru and social media
maven. Hobbies include graphic design, cats, and wondering how she ended up with so many brilliant friends. She is very proud of her funky sock collection. (Age 16)

Amelie Amy

AMELIE

Creative force of the team, passionate about all forms of digital art from filmmaking to photography. Her favorite country is Canada, where she hopes to live one day. (Age 17)

AMY

Talents lie in business, marketing, and presentation. Future entrepreneur and award-winning DECA participant. Always keeps the team going with her optimism… even when things are going terribly wrong. (Age 17)

Mentors

MENTORS

The legendary Coco (co-coach) and CoLa (coach Lam) are a dynamic duo with an amazingly high tolerance for Posse shenanigans. Life is always a party whenever they’re around.

Stacy the robot

STACY

Stacy is stubborn and sometimes temperamental, but we love her anyway. She was named after a character from our 2012 FLL skit.