FAQ

What is FEAR?

FEAR is the name of our robotics team. It’s an acronym that stands for “Future Engineers of American Robotics”, which is what every member of our team represents: a future engineer.

What is FIRST®?

FIRST®, which stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”, is an international organization that promotes hands-on STEM education for young adults and kids through programs such as the FIRST® Lego League and the FIRST® Robotics Competition.

What is FRC?

The FIRST® Robotics Competition, or FRC, is the league in which FEAR competes. 2019 will be our seventh season as a part of the FIRST® Robotics Competition.

In what events does FEAR Participate?

We compete in numerous outreach events to spread science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to the community. This year we are competing in the Heartland Regional and the Wisconsin Regional.

Can I still join if I’m not interested in engineering?

Yes! “Engineers” may be in the name, but FEAR is much bigger than just building robots. In fact, our “Operations” branch (those who are responsible for building the robot) makes up only half of our team; the other half is comprised of our “Communications” branch. Communications handles everything from finances to our social media presence. Everyone has something that they can contribute to the team.

How do I join?

FEAR’s “on-season” begins in September, at which time there are informational meetings about our team. Meeting dates are viewable on our Schedule page. You can contact Nicolet FEAR on our Contact page with further questions.

How do I get onto varsity?

The simple answer is to work as hard as you can for the team. Varsity refers to which team members we take to our competitions. Positions are decided by numerous factors, but in the end, the decision boils down to how team members performed during pre-season and build season.

How do I choose what projects to work on?

Student Leadership sends out surveys to all team members asking their preferences on what projects they want to work on. They do their best to assign all team members to a project that they will enjoy contributing to and can learn from.

Can I join FEAR if I’m in middle school?

You cannot join FEAR while in middle school; however, there are still plenty of ways to participate in our community. If you want to work with robots and the engineering design process, be part of a team, and gain valuable skills that you will carry into your future, we recommend that you join our FIRST® Lego League (FLL) Initial FEAR program. Visit the FLL website for more information. If you are interested in signing up, please contact Dan Savagian at savagian@nicoletfear.com.