STEEL Ridge Robotics was founded in August of 2016 by our head coach, Jeff Brink. The year before he had been inspired to look into FRC when a graduating senior who had recently moved to Ridgefield had told his class "Every high school student should be on a robotics team". This strong of a statement encouraged Mr. Brink to check out an off season event and apply for grants. On August 1st he heard back from Diamler about a large grant, and STEEL Ridge was born.
In the years following our rookie year we have grown immensely, with our first year team size at 9 total members, having about 25 by our fourth year. This growth has kept us heavily focused on ingraining FIRST's guiding principles into all of our members and securing the team's future.
As a club, we go by the principles of STEEL; we are Strong leaders who persevere through hardship and accept difficult challenges. We are Trustworthy and dependable to each other, we trust one another and build positive relationships based on such. Our work is Effective and we strive to reach our goals and make every minute count. We are Empowering to one another and create a supportive, safe environment for all. Lastly, we provide Leadership and guidance to others through our journey using aspects of both STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) and STEEL (Strong, Trustworthy, Effective, Empowering, Leadership). On a base level, we work all year round to build robots that compete in challenges against other teams across the globe. FIRST Robotics Competition, the organizer of said challenges, gives us a new game challenge each year that we must create a robot for. Using 3-D designs, Electrical engineering, Programming, and Mechanical engineering, we design our own robot to compete against teams from other schools who’ve essentially made their own robots as well. Our goal is to compete and have fun in these brand new games and persevere through tough challenges; to make changes and help our community and environment; to be ourselves and to learn the importance of teamwork. Our team has worked very hard to continue meeting through the struggles of COVID-19, and we’ve been able to meet twice a week trying to keep members engaged in the club. Unfortunately, we have not been able to participate in our competitions as usual, however FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) has made a new change to how we will compete this year and so we have been working towards our goal for this year’s competition. This year is our 5th year competing in FIRST as a robotics team!
Team picture of 2019!
Cameron Bosell working with a machine in the shop
Audrey Breitengross and Olivia drilling holes
Rookie Eli and Max chillin at Competition
Team members put together Pneumatic wheels
Mr. Stryker helps out on the field!