We’ve been very fortunate for the last 9 months to have had access to a great build site, with a large open area for testing the robot, several workbenches for fabrication, plenty of storage, and an air conditioned and heated office. The robot we built and competed with won several awards last year, and our students got some very valuable real-world design, engineering, fabrication, programming, marketing and business experience. We also spend quite a bit of time reaching out to the community to share our passion and encourage more students to get involved in STEM activities and to consider STEM-related careers.
But the facility owners now need the extra space, so we’re on the lookout for a new location for our team of 20 high school students to build robots to compete in FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). And since our parent organization, Edwardsville Robotics Club, is starting a new FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team for students in 6th-12th grade, we’d love to have a facility large enough for both teams (about 25-30 students and 10 mentors).
Do you have or know about a facility that we might use? Please let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or send us a tweet @frc4931. By the way, Edwardsville Robotics Club is a 501(c)(3) charity, so any in-kind donations are tax deductible!
And please spread the word!