About the Team
Buzz Robotics is based out of Enfield, Connecticut, consisting of students from Enfield High School. Buzz is one of over 3,800 teams throughout the world that compete in the annual FIRST Robotics Competition program.
The team, formed in 1996 with industry partner Collins Aerospace (formerly UTC Aerospace Systems), has competed and won numerous awards at the regional and national competitions, most notably the FIRST Chairman's Award in 2002.
The team typically consists of 20-30 student members and 20 or more mentors, and runs a once weekly meeting schedule from September to December, and a daily meeting schedule from Kickoff in early January to the conclusion of the last competition.
The Buzz students are also active in spreading the vision of FIRST by supporting diverse community outreach programs. The team not only promotes math and science through the robotics program, but it builds self-esteem, community awareness, and teaches the benefits of teamwork through gracious professionalism.
The Buzz Robotics team is sponsored by Collins Aerospace, a Division of United Technologies, Enfield Public Schools, Peerless Tool & Machine Co., and NASA. To learn more about our sponsors, please visit the sponsors section.
Buzz is not just a robot, it is a team and also a family.
For more information about our robot, visit our Team History page.
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) is an international youth organization that operates the FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Lego League Jr., FIRST LEGO League Jr. Discovery Edition, and FIRST Tech Challenge competitions. Founded by Dean Kamen and Woodie Flowers in 1989, its expressed goal is to develop ways to inspire students in engineering and technology fields. Its philosophy is expressed by the organization as coopertition and gracious professionalism.
FIRST seeks to promote a philosophy of teamwork and collaboration among engineers and encourages competing teams to remain friendly, helping each other out when necessary. Terms frequently applied to this ethos are Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition; terms coined by Woodie Flowers and Kamen that support respect towards one's competitors and integrity in one's actions. The concept of Gracious Professionalism grew from a robotics class that Flowers taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Within the FRC branch of FIRST, which is designed to inspire high school students to become engineers by giving them real world experience working with engineers to develop a robot, students learn a multitude of skills and experience working in many different fields of engineering, including electrical and mechanical engineering, programming, business, design, and so much more.
Though the competitive goal of the season is to score points and rank high enough to attend the World Championship, the program's core dives so much deeper. FIRST teaches students that the qualities that will help them succeed are "more than robots", and include cooperation despite differences, working around obstacles, gracious professionalism and coopertition, maturity, and creative thinking, along with countless other valuable skills not offered by typical high school programs.