FIX IT 3491 is a FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It formed as an FTC team when a group of graduating FLL students wanted to continue building robots. Eight years later, the original team members have long graduated, but their legacy/team lives on. The FIX IT team has competed all over the world: China, Australia, Canada, and the United States. At those competitions, we are proud to have won awards, including the Inspire Award at the 2017 FTC World Championships in Houston.
Prior to this season, there wasn’t a local competition to attend and all the resulting travelling we do has become part of our team dynamic. Our trips are a great opportunity for team building, strategizing, planning changes to the robot, and having fun!
In our team, decisions about the engineering notebook, robot, and outreach events are primarily made by the team, with guidance from our coach. Team members are entrusted to carry out the team responsibilities, including planning and running outreach events, completing the engineering notebook, and, of course, building the robot. For these tasks, help is welcomed from the team parents (e.g. booking a facility for an outreach event) but we believe it to be important that team members design and build the robot, plan outreach presentations and primarily do the work of the team.