We are an all-ladies FTC team from St. Paul, Minnesota. The 2017-18 season is 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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FIRST logo

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 is 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.

POSSE HAIKUS

Sabriyah Nancy

SABRIYAH

Expert engineer
Very talented at CAD
Loves Harry Potter

(Age 17)

NANCY

Wiring goddess
Obsessed with color coding
Candy connoisseur

(Age 16)

Charlotte Heeral

CHARLOTTE

Part of hardware team
Great stories about her friends
Can read coach’s mind

(Age 15)

HEERAL

Great at brainstorming
Jumps right in to lend a hand
Also enjoys golf

(Age 16)

Meghan Rose

MEGHAN

Problem-solving pro
Good at thinking on her feet
Longest ponytail

(Age 17)

ROSE

Photoshop guru
Social media maven
Collects funky socks

(Age 17)

Amelie Amy

AMELIE

Makes cool videos
Wants to live in Canada
Thinks cows are the best

(Age 17)

AMY

Like a ray of sun
Will someday be CEO
Get her autograph

(Age 17)

Mentors

MENTORS

Dynamic duo
Life’s always a party with
Coco and CoLa

(Ages undisclosed)

Stacy the robot

STACY

Full of surprises
Often disobeys orders
But we still love her

(Age 8)

POSSE PLAYLIST

Below is the Spotify playlist that we put on shuffle for every robotics meeting during the season. Open for contributions from any Posse team member, it is continuously updated and contains a wide variety of genres. Have a listen!