This month at the Brandywine Hundred Library in Wilmington, DE, you can see a display put together by FTC Team 8528 that promotes FIRST, First State Robotics, and FIRST Tech Challenge. Students from Rhyme Know Reason wanted an effective way to show their community the fun, unique culture of FIRST. They pulled together trophies, their Engineering Notebook, and a poster from the 2014-2015 season to give those unfamiliar with FTC an idea of what they do as a robotics team.
In order to show the unique culture of FIRST, the team also chose to display buttons collected from teams all over the world. Trading buttons is a huge part of FTC events. Designing and distributing buttons gives teams a chance to express their team identity and get their name out to advertise their team. Some teams use buttons as a way to promote a special project or event. Most buttons are two-inch diameter metal pins covered in paper, but some teams make buttons out of laser-cut wood or even 3D-printed parts.
The display will be up through the month of January. Rhyme Know Reason thanks the Brandywine Hundred Library for giving them this opportunity.