Frequently Asked Questions

Membership

Who can join Delta Prime Robotics?


DPR is open to high school age students in RSU2.




Is the team Co-Ed?


Yes! Robots don’t care what you are!




How do I join?


Use the Contact form to get in contact with our Lead Mentor to find out more.




What qualifications do I need to join the team?


Do you want to work hard in a collaborative and supportive team environment? That’s it. (It also helps if you like robots, but not required!) Everyone has their own particular skills and interests, but the team is made of all of ours together.




What if I can’t participate year-round?


Not a problem, contact our Lead Mentor to talk about how you can find a way to participate.




Does it cost anything to join or be a member?


Nope.




Can younger kids join?


The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) which Delta Prime is part of is for high school aged students. There are other leagues for younger age groups like FIRST LEGO League, FIRST LEGO League Jr, and VEX Robotics with various teams around the area. Feel free to contact us if you would like help finding the right kind of team for you. We do also support an FLL Jr team for grades K-4 in Richmond, and would love to help get others up and running as well. Please contact us to get in touch!





The Team

What does the team do?


Building robots for competition is just a part of what we do, there’s a lot of work that goes on to support that. We do community outreach and fundraising to support the team, host robotics competitions for other leagues, learn from each other about how to safely use the various tools in the workshop, help other groups that are getting started, and more!




What roles are there on the team?


There are opportunities for practically anyone. Of course there are builders who construct the robot, programmers who create the software to drive the robot, a drive team that actually pilots the robot in competitions, but we also have a social media and web design team, CNC programmers, tool operators, artists and crafters, business-minded people, and more! If you are interested in any of these things but are worried you don’t have the experience or knowledge to try, just remember the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: DON’T PANIC. You can learn here!




How often does the team meet?


Typically we meet weekly on Thursday nights from about 6:30 to ~8:00, year ‘round. During the build season, more often. Competitions mainly take place in early Spring and are usually two full days on a Saturday and Sunday (sometimes Friday and Saturday), all around New England. The team typically competes in two regular season events, which are qualifiers for New England District Championships and World Championships. The competition schedule is set far in advance.




What happens at team meetings?


We go over team business like fundraising and outreach, planning for the build season, organizing the team to go to competitions, and of course, design, build, program, and drive robots! Our meetings are held at our build site which is a fully functional robotics workshop with machinery and tools needed for fabricating robot parts.




Does the team have a “season”?


Short answer: Yes. Long answer: No. The official build and competition season takes place from January through April, but the team has work to do year round, and we also compete in “off-season” events as well. You can learn more about the league we compete in at the FIRST Robotics Website.




What is FIRST Robotics?


From the FIRST website: FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. FIRST is More Than Robots. FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21st century work-life skills. https://www.firstinspires.org/




What is the significance of the number 4473 in the team name?


Team numbers are assigned consecutively by FIRST, so we were the 4473rd team to register (2012). There are teams all over the world and the current highest numbers are getting close to 8000.




Does Delta Prime mean something?


Our founding member, Colt Seigars, came up with the name. In Greek, the 4th letter is Delta (Δ). 73 is a prime number (according to Sheldon Cooper of Big Bang Theory- the best number. His explanation here: So we could have been Delta Delta Prime, but that seemed excessive. Our logo includes the Δ, a robotic hand that ties it to our sponsor REM, and a prime symbol (′ ) that is the thumb.




How do competitions work?


This is a short question with a really long answer. We are part of the New England District, so we compete at District Events which are about 2 ½ days long. Each year we must design a robot to play a different game that is created at FIRST Headquarters. There’s a lot of information on the games and competitions at the FIRST website. https://www.firstinspires.org/




Are there coaches?


Yes, there is a team of adult “mentors” for the team with various specialties from art, to programming, to design, safety, and fabrication. We welcome new mentors to join the team, and have a group of non-engineering mentors (NEMOs) that are also an essential part of the team.




Is this a school team?


Yes and no. We are affiliated with RSU2 and recognized as an official club. There is a faculty advisor at Hall-Dale, but the team operates independently from the RSU. The team’s costs are fully funded through local sponsors and fundraising, and operates financially under the umbrella of REM a 501(c)(3) non-profit grass-roots community organization from Waterville, Maine. The team has no paid staff and is run purely on a volunteer basis.




What if I have more questions?


You can use the Contact form to get in contact with our Lead Mentor.




How can I sponsor the team?


Visit our Sponsors page to learn more about sponsorship opportunities and contact the Mentors.