We recently sent Team 1208 the following letter:
February 25, 2014
Dear Team 1208 — aka the Metool Brigade,
You have made many generous contributions to Edwardsville Technology, Team 4931, and we would like to thank you for that. You have clearly demonstrated the Gracious Professionalism that FIRST values so highly.
When we were first considering starting a team this past fall, you hosted our students and mentors (several times, in fact) and showed us how your team is structured, the basics of FRC robots, the cRIO and other electrical components, and the LabVIEW programming environment. The documentation you provided were very useful as we started our rookie team.
During the 2014 FRC Kickoff, the Metool Brigade helped multiple rookie teams, including our own, take inventory of their Kit of Parts. This was very helpful, since this was the first time many of us had seen the kinds of parts that are included in the Kits. We appreciate the time your team members took — time that you could have used to jump into the Aerial Assist design process.
Recently, in fact the weekend before bag day, you invited our team to participate in a friendly scrimmage. Our robot was barely complete, yet this was a fantastic opportunity to test our robot and to identify and fix problems. When several small parts of our robot started to fail, your team helped us fabricate replacements. You even offered driving and strategy advice. By the end of the day, our teams even completed quite a few assists, including several robot-to-robot passes and catches. Yet without the chance to use your field, we could not have tested out the functionality of our robot and would not have had much insight into what Aerial Assist will be like during competition.
Your coach, Eric Curry, stopped by our team’s build site often, giving us lots of chances to ask questions, seek advice, and get feedback on our design and build. Plus, he helped us with parts — especially valuable considering we were often far behind schedule.
In short, there’s no way we could have accomplished what we did in just a few short months without the assistance from the Metool Brigade. Your team embodies so many of the great characteristics we see and read about FIRST, and are an excellent example for us as we plan how we can reach out to other teams.
Team 4931, E’ville Tech