No. The team is run like a small business, so we have areas such as communications, finance, marketing and so on where students can get involved and learn.
We have gloves, earplugs and safety glasses available at all times, but students are encouraged to bring their own safety glasses. Safety glasses and closed-toe shoes must be worn in the shop area and at competitions.
Fondy Fire asks each student to contribute $100 toward the team. This goes toward one team shirt, some meals, and helps pay for entry fees. No student will be turned away from the team if they are unable to meet this obligation.
The team does rely on parents and guardians to provide transportation, lodging and some meals at events.
No. All high school students in the surrounding area are eligible, as are home schooled students. The only requirement is that they attend team meetings at Moraine Park College in Fond du Lac.
Fondy Fire relies on grants and financial support from companies and organizations in our area to pay for competition entry fees, tools and materials to build the robots.
The team first met on December 2006. Our first competition was the FIRST FRC Wisconsin Regional in March 2007, which we won!
Moraine Park Technical College (MPTC) in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. We typically meet there in room B104.1.
The months of January through April is our build and competition season. During this time we typically meet Monday through Thursday evenings, and on Saturdays.
The rest of the year is our off-season. We typically meet on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and on Saturday mornings. This is when we train the students to design, build and program the robot, and attend off-season competitions.
Students are not required to attend all meetings. The team realizes that students have a lot of demands on their time, and that their school grades and family obligations are a priority. Like any other activity, the students will get more out of the program if they put more time into it.