Name: Mills E. Godwin High School Robotics Association
Member since: 2007-06-10 02:56:56
Last Login: 2007-06-24 18:17:00
The Godwin Robotics Team has been participating in the International FIRST Robotics competition for the past seven years and has been an active proponent of the aspirations of FIRST. Since its inception, our team has become a burgeoning organization of dedicated students under the guidance of able teachers and mentors. The goal of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is, according to founder Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway, “…to create a world where science and technology are celebrated…. where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes….” Every year, FIRST poses the teams with an engineering problem in the form of a newly designed game. Teams have to build a robot to address the needs of the game under real-world constraints such as time, money. Essentially, robotics teams need to form small-scale student-run corporations that encompass design, hands-on building and electronics, project management, finances, marketing, and public relations. We participate in the NASA/VCU Regional competition, which is held at the VCU Seigel Center in Richmond, Virginia, and is the largest regional robotics competition in the United States. After reaching the quarterfinals of the competition in 2005, and being defeated in the semifinals by the team that went on to win the competition in 2006, we became the regional champions in the 2007 regional competition. We also participate in the Championships, which are held in Atlanta, Georgia, where we compete against teams from all over the world, including Canada, Brazil, and Israel. The goals of this organization are not only to compete, but also to spread the message of FIRST. We have participated in a multitude of events such as the TechSummit and the Greater Richmond Technology Council legislative reception, giving presentations about FIRST and our organization. The team is also active in the community. We helped organize the Robot Rumble at the State Fair of Virginia this past fall, and participated in community service events like RAPME (Richmond-Area Program for Minorities in Engineering) and Big Brother Big Sister Annual Duck Race.
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