Mechanical M-Ayhem is a unique competition hosted at M-A that was created in 2018 with the purpose of teaching new members how to use and operate software and hardware in preparation for the actual FRC season. By the fall of 2022, the program expanded to include other schools, such as Carlmont High School's FRC Team 199, Deep Blue.
This program operates in a similar format to the actual FRC season, and participants will be awarded plaques for those who place in champion positions. The competition day was held on December 3rd, 2022, after 10+ weeks of preparation. The turnout was high, with a diverse group of members and teams participating.
Students had to assemble in teams of 6-7 and build their robot from scratch using parts provided to them. The rookies received help and guidance from experienced veterans
, making it a truly collaborative experience.
At Mechanical M-Ayhem, we emphasize the following values: collaboration, curiosity, leadership, and skillset building. This program provides students with the opportunity to apply what they have learned in a hands-on, real-world scenario. Mechanical M-Ayhem provides an environment where students can network and connect with like-minded individuals. The camaraderie that is built among the teams and participants is an invaluable experience that lasts long after the competition day is over. Not only do they work together to build and perfect their robots, but they also make new friends and forge strong bonds that can last a lifetime.
Another important aspect of the program is the opportunity for students to develop their problem-solving skills. Robotics can be a complex field, and participants are faced with a variety of challenges that require creative and innovative solutions. This provides students with the opportunity to apply critical thinking, logic, and engineering principles to real-world problems. This kind of experience is not only valuable for those who are interested in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields, but also for anyone who wants to develop their problem-solving skills and become a well-rounded individual.
Finally, Mechanical M-Ayhem is not just limited to high school students. The program also attracts a number of mentors
and volunteers from the local engineering community. This provides students with the opportunity to connect with professionals who can offer advice and guidance as they explore their future career options. Additionally, the mentors benefit from the experience as well, as they have the opportunity to give back to the community and share their knowledge and skills with the next generation of engineers.
Mechanical M-Ayhem is a truly inspiring program that provides a valuable and enriching experience for all those who participate. The skills and experience that participants gain through this program will serve them well in their future endeavors, and we look forward to continuing to host this exciting event in the years to come.