Making Fall Matter


Linking Engineering and Philanthropy (LEAP) is an off season event for FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams designed to get students to apply their engineering skills to real-world problems in their communities. Over the course of a three month competition beginning in September, teams research, design, and prototype a solution to a given humanitarian problem provided by a partnering nonprofit. As FIRST likes to say, “It’s more than just robots.” 


The annual BunnyBots competition is a cornerstone of the FRC preseason for teams in the PNW. The Flaming Chickens believe that the best way to learn about a robot is to build a robot; BunnyBots provides a 12-week build season in the fall to help make FIRST more of a year-round activity. Learning necessary skills in the fall, when the stakes are lower and time more relaxed, is a great way to get ready for the heat of build season.  The result is a less chaotic build season with robots built more by students and less by mentors, with full participation by first-year members.  For many students, this is their first experience making a FRC-quality robot, and our team is no exception to the rule! Here are a few of examples of the robots we built for past BunnyBots competitions.

2018 Programming Contest

This year Catlin Gabel Students organized and ran a programming contest to support students interested in programing in the Oregon area expose programmers to FIRST.

Girls' Generation: 

Girl’s Generation is a FRC completion style event we founded and used to host that works to empower girls participating in FIRST.