Hello I’m Sarah, and this my first year on FIRST Robotics team 1024, the Kil-A-Bytes. Since I have joined the team, I have learned many new skills like building, communication, and data collecting. In robotics I was put up to the task of learning scouting. At first I thought that scouting wasn’t for me, but I was persuaded that this job was one of the best ways for me to contribute to the team.

When I started looking at scouting I found that the team wanted to use a program called Tableau, which is provided for free to every FIRST Robotics team. This program helps people organize their data into charts and graphs, so everyone can decipher the information. Come to find out, my mom uses Tableau for her job! I have asked her for help teach me how to use this program, and along the way, I’m learning how to build up my own data collecting skills for the team.

The tasks that I need to work on include identifying the man variables (what you want to measure) in the game. I also learned about writing down your variables and all possible ways to get them. Another task I need to work on is creating a format (scouting sheet) for the data. The most important thing I learned so far is that scouts need to understand the game and all of the components very well, because if you don’t you will never know where to start.

I can’t wait to try scouting in the 2017 FIRST Robotics competition, Steamworks! I also wish good luck to all teams!

-Sarah, Sophomore