FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 3044 is one of Ballston Spa High School’s varsity teams, and our sport is building robots. We are located in Ballston Spa, New York. Our mission is to educate, inspire, and develop students for success in the 21st century through hands-on activities centered primarily around STEM subjects. We also try to have a positive impact on our community through a variety of activities. We engage our students in activities that are both fun and cognitively stimulating. Our team was founded in 2008 and over the past 10 years, has quadrupled in size, and spirit. Today we have 41 students and 37 mentors.
Our team set a variety of goals for the FIRST Power Up season, some of which include producing a robot that performs well at competitions, organizing a team that fosters self confidence, effective communication skills, leadership and gracious professionalism, and to attend the world championship held in Detroit. In addition to striving toward these goals, our team continues to support our high school by collecting donations for students in need; our outreach extends outside of our school community to supporting our military through Adopt a Soldier and purchasing diapers to support the Haiti based program, Keep Kids Klean.
In the 10 years that we have been a team, 0xBe4 has had many different achievements, two of our biggest having been a regional competition at WPI in 2013 and winning Chairman’s award at the New York Tech Valley Regional in 2017. In addition to these we have won multiple other awards such as the Team Spirit Award on a multitude of occasions, as well as the Industrial Safety Award and the Industrial Design Award.
Over the past 10 years we have demonstrated the impact and value of STEM education and the FIRST program at over 40 different events across 18 different venus. From expos at GE and GLOBALFOUNDRIES, to showcases at Chamber of Commerce events from Clifton Park to Saratoga Springs. We have also performed demos at local parks and run a Lego academy summer camp in August.
A successful season for Team 3044 relies on a stable financial plan; our total income is projected to be $34,500. We are very fortunate to have support (financial and use of facilities) from our school district. About half of total support is from corporate sponsors, such as Ballston Spa National Bank and Bechtel, while the other half comes from team fundraisers. This money is put to use for robot parts, registration fees, and transportation to competitions.
As for the future, team 3044 plans on increasing our number of members and mentors, strengthening our relationship with our community and sponsors and having more fun!