Building a fully functioning robot is the goal of the Robotics Team. Led by co-captains seniors Elisa Howard and Sydney Kim, the team hopes to participate in one of the regional FIRST Tech Challenge competitions.
Elisa and Sydney established the Robotics Team last year to provide students the opportunity to apply their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in an interactive and collaborative manner outside of the classroom.
Student-led robotics teams who attend the FIRST Tech Challenge are “challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format,” according to firstinspires.org. Sydney discussed her enthusiasm to participate in the competition.
“We’ve only been a team for one year, so I think it will be a rewarding experience for us to go to the competition and meet other students and teachers who are passionate about robotics and technology,” Sydney said.
Elisa spoke about the many ways in which students can benefit from participating in technology and programming extracurriculars, especially in team environments like the Robotics Team.
“Programming is an important part of the high school experience, and Robotics provides a unique opportunity for students to apply their knowledge to a challenging project,” Elisa said. “For those who do not have experience programming, Robotics is a great way to learn and develop an appreciation for coding. Team members become familiar with new technology while enjoying the hands-on experience of building a multifunctional robot.”
Featured Image by Sydney Gallop ’20