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Etowah HS Robotics Team Receives Donations

Posted On: Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Robotics Team

The Etowah Electric Eagles Robotics Competition Team #6341 has received generous donations from community members totaling over $1,900!  These donations will help fund technology equipment for compeition events.   

It is unlikely that you will find any industry or academic field that has not been positively or negatively transformed by science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Due to this shift, a cornerstone of education is to provide a pertinent, STEM-based education. The benefits of this project to students include imparting them with the inspiration and motivation to pursue STEM fields with greater purpose; our students will remain relevant in the STEM-based 21st-century workforce. For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) is an international organization whose mission is to "inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership." It accomplishes this by engaging "kids in kindergarten through high school in exciting, mentor-based, research and robotics programs that help them become science and technology leaders, as well as well-rounded contributors to society." Teams compete internationally with robots built and designed in a six week build season. With the guidance of coaches, the team is tasked with building the most competitive 120-pound robot from a kit of FIRST-provided parts and any other additional materials. During the six-week robot build season, the team will face many obstacles. During this crucial period, members will learn how to best approach such challenging scenarios, which have the potential of creating impasses. This project prepares individuals to become productive members of the 21st century work force, which must collaboratively engineer solutions to tough situations daily. Promoting collaborative student immersion in the fields of computer programming, marketing, design, construction, public relations and digital media, this project will develop critical thinking and team-based problem-solving skills.

To donate, please contact Dr. Brian Heglund at brian.heglund@cherokeek12.net

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