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FIRST Robotics is a really fun way for you to get involved on a school team, build your leadership and technical skills, and learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). We welcome students of all levels who want to contribute to our team robot and promoting STEM in the school and community.

“According to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), of the eight million students who participate in high school athletics in the United States, less than 6 percent will compete at a collegiate level, and of that group, only a fraction will realize their goals of becoming professional athletes. In comparison, FIRST participants are two times as likely to major in science or engineering, and 89.6 percent of FIRST Alumni are currently in a STEM field as astudent or a professional.” ~ FIRST

Natalie Kalin, an engineering student in Colorado who participated in FIRST recently wrote this great must-read piece outlining 5 reasons teenagers should join FIRST.

Don’t know anything about robots or engineering?

That’s ok! We have student leaders and mentors who will help you learn and grow – and pretty soon you will be the one teaching other new members. If you like the idea of metal cutting, solving problems, working with wood, designing 3D models, and working as a team we can use your help.

We’re also looking for artists, photographers, writers and people who might like giving presentations, helping to document team activities, maintaining our social media presence, keeping our website updated, reaching out to corporate sponsors and other outreach and fundraising efforts!

Wondering about the time commitment?

The build season can get a little intimidating for scheduling, but there are many ways you might be able to contribute. If it’s your schedule holding you back, contact us to see how you might be able to to be involved. If you have a very specific interest – don’t hold back – contact us at swrobotics@gmail.com and tell us how you would like to help.

We meet all year with intense practice sessions during build season (only 6 weeks from January – mid-February) after school (usually 3-5 pm). During the 6-week build season we usually meet after school as we usually do, but we also usually meet late (until about 8 pm) on Fridays and all day on Saturdays and school release days.

See our Event Calendar for meeting times.

Join us today!

Email us at swrobotics@gmail.com to find out more about how to join us or to ask any questions you may have!

FIRST Scholarship Program

Interested in Mentoring?

FIRST robotics depends heavily on professionals to act as mentors. Our team is most active during fall when we train students and in Winter when we build the robot, develop award submissions and attend competitions.

We currently need:

  • Mechanical people who can work with newer students on basic skills
    Java programmer to work with newer students on Java basics. Experience with device programming would be great.
  • Adults who are able to be in in the shop between 3-6 one or two nights per week so we always have two adults, especially when students are using power tools.

If you’d like to share your knowledge, we’ll work with you on schedule.

Interested in Volunteering?

Volunteers hold our team together; thank you all for helping us with fundraising, publicity and outreach, business planning, logistics, team policies, and recruitment of both students and mentors (to name a couple things on a very long list).

Contact Us to Learn More

If you are interested in donating your time and experience, please contact swrobotics@gmail.com for more information and tell us what you’re interested in.

 

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