The Bionic Zebras 313

Welcome!

Welcome to the official website of FIRST Robotics Competition Team 313: The Bionic Zebras!

What is FIRST?
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an organization founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Not only do they learn about how robots function, they also learn important skills that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

There are four programs in FIRST:
1. Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL) involving children from ages 6 to 9.
2. FIRST LEGO League (FLL) involving children from ages 9 to 14.
3. FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) involving high-schoolers.
4. FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) involving high-schoolers.

The Bionic Zebras, Team 313 is an FTC team. Currently, we are celebrating our 20th anniversary. Older than most other FIRST teams. Also older than the students on the team. Our team was founded in late 1998, and we first competed in 1999 which was also the debut of team 313, the Bionic Zebras. In 2006, as a result of merging with another school in our district, we became the “Bionic Union.” In 2013 we reverted to “Bionic Zebras” and it’s stayed that way since. In spite of tremendous odds, our team keeps competing year after year. Most of our mentors are alumni of the team, continuing to forge the Spirit of FIRST.

About

Founded by Mr. John Vuchovich and Mr. Scott Simons in 1998 (and now mentored by Joshua Barnett and Karl Heinrich), The Bionic Zebras have been helping students explore the wonders of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), and encourages them to pursue their further studies and career within a technological field.

To put it in the words of Dean Kamen (a co-founder of FIRST Robotics), "To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders."

This team consists of six individual sub-teams, each having their own role in making every season a success.

Sponsors



Benefits/Merits

Albert Einstein Level: $5,000 or above
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Logo featured in all Team facilities
Plant a tree in your name
Receive a plaque with a Team photo
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Invitation to the Team's Annual Picnic
Team VIP Status
Opportunity to Drive Robot
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Bumper Sticker
Logo on Pit Banner
Receive Team T-Shirt
Logo on T-Shirt
Logo on Robot
Logo featured in Business Plan
Isaac Newton Level: $2,500 - $4,999
Receive a plaque with Team photo
Logo featured on all Team vehicles
Invitation to the Team's Annual Picnic
Team VIP Status
Opportunity to drive Robot
Logo on our Flag
Bumper Sticker
Logo on Pit Banner
Receive Team T-Shirt
Logo on T-Shirt
Logo on Robot
Logo featured in Business Plan
Nikola Tesla Level: $1,000 - $2,499
Invitation to the Team's Annual Picnic
Team VIP Status
Opportunity to Drive Robot
Logo on Flag
Bumper Sticker
Logo on Pit Banner
Receive Team T-Shirt
Logo on T-Shirt
Logo on Robot
Logo featured in Business Plan
Benjamin Franklin Level: $500 - $999
Opportunity to Drive Robot
Logo on our Flag
Bumper Sticker
Logo on Pit Banner
Receive Team T-Shirt
Logo on T-Shirt
Logo on Robot
Logo featured in Business Plan
Leonardo da Vinci Level: $250 - $499
Bumper Sticker
Logo on Pit Banner
Receive Team T-Shirt
Logo on T-Shirt
Logo on Robot
Logo featured in Business Plan
Alexander Graham-Bell Level: $1 - $249
Logo on T-Shirt
Logo on Robot
Logo featured in Business Plan

Announcements

List of Subteams:

Build:
Build Team spends their time in the workshop learning about and using tools, putting together electrical components and other technology specific to FIRST, and building automated systems based on the design. All in all, this sub-team is responsible for every mechanical aspect of the robot.

Design:
Design Team consists of a group of students who theorize and prototype their ideas for the robot. This sub-team is responsible for presenting a final design (or multiple) to the team. CADD (Computer-Aided-Drafting-and-Design) is a tool used extensively throughout the design and planning process.

Information Technology:
Information Technology not only programs and automates the entire robot, but works to maintain a website as well. Students who reside with IT learn in-depth electronics, how to program in HTML and CSS as well as C++, and how to use FIRST-Specific Programming Libraries. This sub-team works closely with Design Team to ensure that the ideal control systems are constructed inside of the program.

Safety:
While we try to keep injuries to a minimum, accidents do happen. Safety Team is here to treat injuries when they occur, and enforce safety procedures to prevent future accidents. Students on this team learn how to treat wounds, and how to care for an injured person.

Business:
Business Team manages the entire team's bank account, and is in charge of contacting other businesses about acquiring sponsorship. Any time there is a need or want to spend team funds, it goes through Business Team, who can in turn allow or deny it.

Public Relations
Public Relations is in charge of making an image for our team and a positive relationship with our community. This sub-team creates media content for the website, makes posters, and organizes team-wide volunteering events in an effort to give back to the community.

Resources


General


Programming


Mechanical/Electrical

Contact Us:

The most efficient way to contact us is through our primary business email. An alternate contact is our Chief Executive of Information Technology and Design. For social media, check out our Twitter and Facebook pages.

Business Email: frcteam313@gmail.com

Coach Phone Number(Donnie Castaldini ): (313)407-7711
Lead Mentor Phone Number(Josh Barnett): (734)502-3871
Alternate Lead Mentor Phone Number(Karl Heinrich): (734)629-6508