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International Robotic Team
www.teamrembrandts.com: it is our goal to make young people enthusiastic for technology!
Team Rembrandts is an international Robotics team of Fontys University of Applied Sciences department of Engineering. The team consists of talented students recruited from Fontys UAS, but also students from other Eindhoven based schools take part. The team designs and builds its own robots for taking part in several competitions world-wide, resulting in many awards so far!
In Spring 2016 Team Rembrandts has taken part in the FIRST competition in the USA for the 3rd time.
But now, in 2019, On Kingsday, 27 April, in The Year of Rembrandt, 6393km away from home, Team Rembrandts won the FRC World Championship in Detroit! The team consisting of students from Fontys Engineering Eindhoven, Zwijsen College Veghel and Heerbeeck College Best may call itself world champion after managing to leave over 4000 other teams behind them.
During this year’s game, two alliances of three teams competed to score as many points by placing disks and balls at different locations on the field. At the end of the match, extra points were scored by elevating the robots on to platforms at different heights above the ground. The alliance that scored the most points after two and a half minutes won the match.
After the preliminary rounds in February where Team Rembrandts got to the semi-finals twice and won several awards, the team managed to qualify for the world championships. At the world championship, all the qualified teams were divided over 6 divisions. After their alliance took the win in their division, Team Rembrandts competed against the other division winners. In the end, the top two divisions would compete for the title in a best out of three round. And so it happened. Team Rembrandts ended up in the second best division which allowed them to compete for the world title against the number one division. After two nerve wrecking finals matches with one loss and one win, Team Rembrandts’ s division won the third match with a one point differences in their favour. Team Rembrandts became the first European team to win a World Championship.
This is the seventh year the team has participated in the competition and the 6th time they have qualified for the world championships. With this win they have already qualified for the 2020 world championship.
We want to thank every partner, every company, every person that has contributed to the team over the past seven years. This is a world class achievement and we couldn’ t have done it without you! Thank you and cheers to the future!
It doesn't have to be easy
Reza fled from Iran and started building a new life in the Netherlands. He began the full-time Mechanical Engineering programme about four years ago. Last month, he was among the first group of graduates from this programme. “The first year was incredibly difficult for several reasons,” says Mohammad Reza Seyedein.
“I studied mechanical engineering about ten years ago in Iran and I also had eight years of work experience. My education in Iran was more focused on practice. At Fontys there was more literature involved, which made it trickier for me. In addition, not all the literature was available in English yet because we were the first group to start the programme. We had to make do.”
In addition to the literature, there was another reason that Reza found it difficult to start studying again. “The study load was very high. I was older than most students, which sometimes made it difficult for us to work together. I also already had more work experience. It had been a while since I had studied, so my brain had to get back into study mode. Most of my classmates came straight from secondary school.”
Reza came to the Netherlands with his family. “Studying, working and having time for your family is a difficult combination, and we all had to get used to it. But I focused on what I wanted and that was my diploma from an European school. Sometimes I studied 24 hours in a row without sleep.”
His hard work has been rewarded! Reza graduated with a final mark of eight of his graduation project in the normal four-year period. “I think it's important to keep developing myself and I'm proud that I earned my diploma. I'd like to set up my own company. If that doesn't work out financially straightaway, I'll start working as an employee somewhere.”
Reza also has a tip for students who are just starting out. “It's important that you do a good job of managing your time. If you want to graduate, you have to make that your goal. Otherwise you're not going to make it. It certainly isn’t easy, but it doesn't have to be. Right?”