We share our main goal with the founder of FIRST, Dean Kamen, which is to, “put engineering, science, technology into a format of healthy, fun competition, we can attract all sorts of kids that might not see the kind of activity we do as accessible or rewarding.” Achieving this goal will help future leaders reach success in these areas and give our country a prosperous future.
To realize these goals, our team encourages commitment, teamwork, and the education of members. We also advocate hard work in order to do well in FIRST Robotics Competition Events. We believe that competition allows us to learn from our mistakes and understand the ideas of others. With strong goals and views for the future, Team 1403 certainly has made a huge impact in educating the youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and will continue doing so. Members of each of our sub-teams are expected to work together in building the best robot which completes the required tasks. Through hard work and dedication, every team hopes to win competitions and eventually visit the White House to show their hard work to the nation’s current leader
We also look to inspire the younger generation to develop genuine interests in science and technology using various outreach events where we demonstrate engineering to students and children. At these events, we share the joys of learning about science and technology by letting children play with VEX robots we have built. We also educate parents and community members about the message of FIRST.
Giving Back to Our Local Community
We provide our community with resources and education, inspiring new members and mentors to join our mission. Each year we spread STEM to our community at large by advertising our team in events such as in the Science and Invention Convention held at Montgomery High School and mentoring our middle school FLL teams. We work to market our team to the younger members of our community by holding annual exhibitions at our town’s Fall Festival, Science Fair, and local library where children play with our VEX robots and learn about our First Robotics Competition Team.
We use Fall Festival, which is Montgomery’s annual community day where children and families enjoy activities and a Halloween Parade, to show off our robot and educate the public on FIRST and our team. We spread the message of STEM to younger members of the community through outreach events such as hands on demonstrations of our smaller VEX robots. During the summer, we volunteer annually at the Summer Enrichment Robotics Program, which is a 3 week program for students from grades 2-8. The counselors, who volunteer, are team members and teach the students basics in both construction and programming while providing a safe and fun environment. These young students become inspired that many of them join our team once they reach high school. Additionally, we work with children ages 5-14 with developmental disabilities at the Rock Brook School Parent Night Out. With our VEX robots, we teach the students engineering basics and give them a hands-on while forming new friendships.
Board of Education & Township Committee Presentation
To ensure continued community support, we hold annual presentations for our township’s Board of Education as well as our Township Committee. In 2015, our Mayor presented us with a resolution detailing our team’s accomplishments and thanking us for our work. Our presentations and success as a team have resulted in the creation of robotics classes at both our town’s middle and high schools. At the middle school level, robotics is a required cycle course that all the students take. More advanced courses can be taken in high school in various engineering fields.