Robots 4 Rookies
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$3,150.00 goal
Campaign ends on November 11, 2022 Campaign ended on November 11, 2022

Grade: 9th

Teacher Name: Chrissi Hunter

Purpose and Rationale:

Competitive Robotics, called FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC for short), is exploding at New Tech!  We want to expand this amazing opportunity to the freshmen on our campus.  We currently support two robotic teams of 15 each consisting of sophomores, juniors and seniors.  A new FTC freshmen team needs a variety of parts to build the robots, tools for assembling and plastic to create 3D custom parts.  A CISD Ed Foundation grant will provide batteries, control hubs, wiring, motors, wheels and much more.  

Learners LOVE applying what they are learning in their math, science and computer programming classes.  They are excited to explore new passions and demonstrate their learning.  The competitive nature of this program teaches critical thinking, creativity, agency, communication, collaboration and teamwork.

Strategy:

Our competition begins in mid-September each year with a new challenge.  We meet after school on Wednesdays to collaborate, brainstorm ideas, program, fundraise, document our progress, and build robots.  This is a learner led club that would like to expand to support the freshmen class.  We are hoping to add 15 more positions this coming year in order to compete.  Our reach will extend from around 30 learners to over 45 learners engaged in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) activities.  This is a priceless opportunity for students to be able to gain real world experience in a fun way.

We have three pool play events that offer over 5 matches.  We then have a tournament that will determine if we will be able to advance to the Regional Competition.  If we place, then we will qualify for State Competition, National Competition and World Competition.  Last year we placed 17th in the Regional Competition for North Texas.  There are over 150 teams competing in the North Texas Region.

External Resources: 

We partner with several local companies such as Anamia’s and Jabo Ace Hardware for fundraising opportunities.  We also partner with local engineers and programmers.  One of our mentors is a Java Programmer, Mr. Breidenbach.  His children went to Coppell ISD schools and he is excited to give back to the community.  

Evaluation Summary:

This is truly a priceless experience for learners.  We would love to expand the number of students to over 45.  The robotics club is truly an exemplar for project-based learning and real world applications.

Estimated Completion Date: March 2023

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