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"Ferradermis", FIRST Robotics Team 6574, was first envisioned over the Summer of 2016 and became reality when the 2016/17 school year began. Laura Masbruch, the Whitewater High School programming and computer science teacher, worked with high school students Roberto Soto and Justin Brantmeier to bring the team together during the Fall. By the following Spring the team had completed a build season and competed at their first competition: the Seven Rivers FRC regional in La Crosse Wisconsin. The team participated in a number of community events outside of build season, including the Christmas parade, Fourth of July parade, and a booth at the city fair.
The team's name is based on the Latin stem word for iron, "ferrum," and the technical term for skin, "dermis," combined to represent the phrase "ironskin."
At the end of year new student leaders were chosen for both the team and divisions. Roberto Soto, Justin Brantmeier, and Jacob Lee chose Zach Brantmeier, Cassi Hoxie, and Hailey Prager to take over as team leaders, and senior members of each group had successors chosen for the 2018 season.
Ferradermis operates through Whitewater High School and has been funded through grants and funds from businesses and local donors, and membership is free of charge to the students who participate. Team mentors include community members, parents, and teachers, as well as members of the UW-Madison Wisconsin Robotics team and Ferradermis alumni. For information about the team's mentors or a list of members, visit the Team Roster page.
Ferradermis is divided into a number of sub-teams or divisions:
The Mechanical Team (led by Hailey Prager), works with the physical design and construction of the robot, including fabricating parts and assembling components.
The Electrical Team (led by Declin Anderson and Colin Chenoweth) is concerned with the technological aspects of the robot, including the wiring and connection of other electrical components.
The Strategy Team (led by Bennett Miles and Gwynne Sahyun) handles competition aspects of the design, such as scoring effectiveness of strategies or build goals, and competition-time responsibilities like developing game plans for matches and scouting other teams.
The Programming Team (led by Jacob Korf and Zach Brantmeier) deals with writing the robot's code, controlling its behavior and input devices, and managing the software aspects of the various devices included in the robot.
Team members are not restricted to being involved in a single division, and they are free to be involved with multiple aspects of the robot's development. In addition to these primary groups, other smaller teams exist for individuals or groups that want to be involved in more specific aspects of the team. These include:
The Business Team (led by Dalton Chenoweth as Business Manager), which handles fundraising, finances, and other business-related aspects of team management.
The CAD Team (led by Wesley Salverson and Danny Soto), which handles computer-aided design of parts, assemblies, and game objects.
The Social Media Team, which manages the team's public presence and social media accounts.
The Safety Team (led by Cassi Hoxie as Safety Captain), which ensures all members are upholding proper safety practices and rules.