Rembrandts STEAM Foundation is a Dutch Non-Profit organization that started as the First native Dutch robotics team, also known as Team Rembrandts. Team Rembrandts, team 4481, is a robotics team located in Eindhoven with students from Fontys University of Applied Science, Zwijsen College and Heerbeeck College. HBO, WO, MBO and High school combined all together.
Rembrandts STEAM’s vision:
- Getting kids and youngsters enthusiastic about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) by organizing learning activities and events that not only have a great technical content, but are also appealing and attractive to the target group.
As said by Dean Kamen, Co-Founder of FIRST, “To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.”
- Improving knowledge and capabilities that are essential for a future technical professional (like a critical and exploratory attitude, creative and constructive thinking skills, focus to the community and the world around yourself, the importance of significant meaningful solutions and skills to be an effective and pleasant team-player. Helping to improve societies image of Science and Technology.
- Showing the cross references between Science and Technology and other domains and that STEAM activities are an essential and indispensable element.
- Facilitating and supporting initiatives, both locally, nationally and internationally, that support the vision above.
The foundation board (stichtingsbestuur) is formed by:
- Jeroen van Gellekom
- Laurens Hoogendijk
- Martijn Huijbregts
- Gijs de Veer
2011 was the beginning of FIRST Robotics Competition for Team Rembrandts, team 4481, led by The Nasa Knights, team 122, at the FIRST Championship 2012 in St. Louis. Our founder Ron Visser was there with a FIRST Tech Challenge team and he was very interested in FIRST Robotics Competition. After asking a couple of teams if they could help, they all said: team 122, The Nasa Knights, is the way to go. So in co-operation with The Nasa Knights, Team Rembrandts was born.
In 2012 we started with our first robot for the Rebound Rumble game. This was an practice year, so we didn’t compete in an regional.
In 2013 Team Rembrandts started to compete officially in the FIRST Robotics Competition. With the robot “Rembrandt” we went to the North Carolina Regional for the game “Ultimate Ascent”. During the North Carolina Regional we won the Rookie All Star Award. The Rookie All Star Award celebrates the rookie team exemplifying a young but strong partnership effort, as well as implementing the mission of FIRST to inspire students to learn more about science and technology. And thanks to this award we were granted a place at the FIRST Championship 2013.
In our second year, 2014, we went with our robot “Nightswatch” again to the North Carolina Regional. But this time to compete in the “Aerial Assist” game. This time we won the Engineering Inspiration Award. The Engineering Inspiration Award celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school or organization and community. With the Engineering Inspiration Award we were again qualified for the FIRST Championship. During the FIRST Championship 2014 we won the Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen in the Newton division. The Imagery Award is in honor of Jack Kamen, Dean’s father, for his dedication to art and illustration and his devotion to FIRST. This award celebrates attractiveness in engineering and outstanding visual aesthetic integration of machine and team appearance.
With the game 2015 “Recycle Rush” we went to Virginia Regional. With the robot “Brick” we won the Engineering Inspiration Award again and the Finalists Award. Celebrates the Alliance that makes it to the final match of the competition. Thanks to theEngineering Inspiration Award we were qualified for the FIRST Championship 2015. During the FIRST Championship 2015 we won the Team Spirit Award sponsored by Chrysler in the Tesla Division. The Team Spirit Award sponsored by Chrysler celebrates extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit through exceptional partnership and teamwork furthering the objectives of FIRST. During the 2015 season we also competed in the CCM Mechatronics Trophy. In this competition we able to win the first price.
During the 2016 season we went with our robot “De Ruyter” to the New York City and the New York Tech Valley regional to compete in the "FIRST Stronghold" game. In the New York City Regional we won the Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox. The Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox celebrates an elegant and advantageous machine feature. During the New York Tech Valley Regional we managed to win the Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen. Also during the 2016 season we competed in the CCM Mechatronics Trophy. In the 2016 competition we were again able to win the first price.
In 2017 we went with our robot “William“ to Florida to compete in the South Florida and the Orlando regional. Competing in the "FIRST STEAMWORKS" game. At the South Florida regional we were able to get in to the semifinals. Were we got defeated after 3 nerve-ranking tiebreakers.But we got rewarded with the Industrial Design Award sponsored by General Motors. At the Orlando regional we won the Quality Award sponsored by Motorola Solutions Foundation. The winning team demonstrates these characteristics in many ways from planning through execution. Building the robot is only a part of their success and the judges recognize them as a big quality example too others. But in Orlando we, together with team 180 - S.P.A.M. & team 1744 - Robo Rays, were able to win the regional. Because of that, we won our first Winner Award. With this award we were granted a place at the FIRST Championship 2017 in St. Louis. At the championships we managed to make it to the Quarterfinal matches.
In our 6th year competing at the FIRST Robotics Competition, we went with our robot "Metric" to the Palmetto Regional and the Orlando Regional. Competing in the "FIRST POWERUP" game to defeat the boss. At the Palmetto Regional we got into the Quarterfinals, but weren't able to defeat the other alliance. Thanks to all the team members, who have been working hard on the outreach of our team, we won the Regional Chairman's Award. The Chairman's Award is the most prestigious award at FIRST, it honors the team emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. We couldn't believe that we were honored with the Chairman's Award. After the Palmetto Regional our journey went to the Orlando Regional once again. During the Orlando Regional we the Gracious Professionalism Award sponsored by Johnson & Johnson. The Gracious Professionalism Award celebrates outstanding demonstration of FIRST Core Values such as continuous Gracious Professionalism and working together both on and off the playing field. Together with Team 179 - Children of the Swamp & Team 3653 - BOTCATS we got into the finals and we won the Winner Award for the second time. With the Chairman's Award and the Winner Award we were qualified for the FIRST Championship 2018 in Detroit. During the FIRST Championship 2018 we were honored with the Engineering Inspiration Award in the Daly Division. The Engineering Inspiration Award celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s community. Inspiring others to respect science and technology requires passion, knowledge and commitment; FIRST celebrates these qualities by presenting its Engineering Inspiration Award. For winning the Engineering Inspiration Award at the FIRST Championship we got already qualified for the FIRST Championship 2019 in Detroit with NASA sponsoring our registration fee.
So in overall, Team Rembrandts has managed to win 17 awards and was even able to get qualified 5 times for the FIRST Championship since 2012.