2010 Team 2705
In March 2008, David Steen and his father went to the inaugural FIRST Robotics competition in Minnesota just to see the message of FIRST. In the past, the Steen family visited a Battle Bots competitions, and expected FRC to be something similar. When they got to the Minnesota Regional they were surprised by the massive audience cheering on teams – ten times the number at Battle Bots. They watched for a good three hours on Saturday; the last day of competition. They watched the finals, impressed by each team’s enthusiasm, energy, and passion for their robot, no matter how small the school.
After the competition, David’s father suggested that the International School of Minnesota should start a FIRST team. Initially, David thought it would be extremely difficult to get enough team members, but later to his surprise, the team had outpouring of support. To gain administrative support he began with Dr. Rod Fisher, head of the science department, who was instrumental in its creation. Mrs. Sue Berg, the school director at the time, thought that it was a great idea for the school to participate in an activity that involves so many different areas of interest, such as engineering, programming, marketing, and others. In the fall of 2008, the team began with 15 team members – 12% of the International School of Minnesota’s high school student body.