By piloting FIRST S.T.E.P. for three years, Team 329 has been able to perfect this program and make it available to FRC teams. Throughout these years, our team has formed an unbreakable bond and relationship with Team 1156. The late nights at the lab, bus rides to competition, and eating dinner together every night made our two teams more than just 2 FRC teams trying to support one another and show cooperation. Rather, we became more of a family, proving the ability FIRST has to bring people from two different parts of the world together under one common interest. Team 329 hopes that this program will allow other teams to have the same experience we had!
Team 1156's Experiences
Are you looking forward to this year’s (2017 season) collaborations with team 329?
"Yes, as soon as some collaboration begins, we are sure to enjoy it. We have learned so much with Team 329. It is a pleasure to compete with such a well structured team."
Describe your experience as a high school student at Patchogue- Medford.
"Staying in an American school was an incredible experience. The structure of American schools is completely different those of Brazil. Seeing how Team 329 was able to learn STEM skills in school was incredible."
Describe your experience last year (2016 season) regarding our S.T.E.P. program.
"Our team members felt like we were a part of the 329 family during the S.T.E.P. program. We knew a different culture and lived so many unforgettable experiences."
Describe your most significant memory with Team 329.
"The most significant memory I have with Team 329 is a huge example of Gracious Professionalism. When Kevin, their lead mentor, saw that we were working on a broken part at the end of the day, he offered to machine a new one for us overnight. They didn't know whether we would play with them or against them, and he still gave up so much of his time for us. Fortunately, they picked us for the eliminations and we won the regional together, starting a history of partnership between our teams. "
How did this (FIRST S.T.E.P.) help you financially?
"This program saved us over $2,000 in accommodations and food. With the increase of the dollar currency, without Team 329's help, we wouldn't be able to participate at 2 regionals. Thank you Team 329!"
What did this initiative mean to you?
"The S.T.EP. program means much more than just assistance financially. All of our experiences learning about another culture by living in their houses and participating in classes with 329 members was really the true meaning of FIRST spirit and much more."
What effect did our team have at the SBPLI regional?
"Team 329 provides batteries and tools that we cannot bring on the plane. We owe our regional wins to the Mohawks and their will to help us."
the Mohawks Team 329
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