A few of our members with Woodie Flowers in the 2015-16 competition year
Our button design for "Wreaths For Woodie"
Dr. Woodie Flowers, engineer and founder of FIRST, was a big inspiration to our team since our inception in 1996. He was a firm believer in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), and most importantly, the phrase he coined Gracious Professionalism, a motto and ideology for teams of all four sectors of FIRST Robotics leagues. Without Gracious Professionalism, FIRST would not be as kind of an organization today, and teams would not have the same strength as we do with Woodie.
Our team has had several embraces with Dr. Flowers throughout our twenty-two seasons of being a FIRST team. We have met him at Worlds quite a few times, he's waved our team flag on the field, and our members have been able to talk to him, and thank him for his work in inspiring students to reach for the skies with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.
Woodie even waved our flag at Worlds in 2003, the year we won the Chairman's Award.
To celebrate Dr. Flowers' life, a group of FRC students from around the world created "Wreaths For Woodie", an organization where FIRST teams and students from all four leagues to send in a team button with a wreath or flower-like design around the button. Cybersonics FRC #103 participated in this by creating our own design and button, with the values of Dr. Woodie Flowers taking center stage.
The FIRST Community will never forget Dr. Flowers' lasting impact and legacy on not only sparking STEAM, but civility and Gracious Professionalism on us all.