About Team 3100 - The Lightning Turtles

We’re a 6-yr old, 25 student coed team, open to all, with 5 divisions that students can join (one to many) to learn real-world design (CAD), programming, fabricating, electrical & mechanical engineering and business/media skills in the pursuit of building a competition-ready robot.

The program is an after-school based team program designed to teach students real-world technology-based and problem-solving skills. The program uses a combination of
mentor-provided expertise as well as guidance, rules and competitions provided by the international FIRST program.

The FIRST program – in it’s 13th year – provides exceptional opportunities and over $50M in college scholarships otherwise inaccessible outside of FIRST.

The Henry Sibley Robotics Team includes six industry mentors recruited from 3M, Ecolab, Best Buy and Mayo Clinic.

Impact on Our Members

Impact is demonstrated by scored performance of the team in the design, build and execution of their robot and in meeting their goal to reach regional and ultimately the World Championships.

Impact is also measured by several of  the core FIRST values – Gracious Professionalism & Coopertition.

With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process. They avoid treating anyone like losers.  No chest thumping tough talk, but no sticky-sweet platitudes either. Knowledge,
competition, and empathy are comfortably blended.

In the long run, Gracious Professionalism is part of pursuing a meaningful life. One can add to society and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing one has acted with integrity and sensitivity.

Coopertition produces innovation. At FIRST, Coopertition is displaying unqualified kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition. Coopertition is founded on the concept and a philosophy that teams can and should help and cooperate with each other even as they compete.

Coopertition involves learning from teammates. It is teaching teammates. It is learning from Mentors. And it is managing and being managed. Coopertition means competing always, but assisting and enabling others when you can.

Each team is made up of both new and veteran students, and it’s veterans and youth captains that give back and train the new team members to be future leaders (captains and division leads) on the team. All these are evidence of impact – far beyond the scores and awards achieved for building a highly competitive robot.