The team’s build season begins in January, when students put their skills to the test. They then have 6 weeks to design, build, and program a robot. Their work schedule will be grueling, typically devoting 5 evenings a week, as well as Saturdays, to their task.
All of their hard work will pay off during competition season, though. Their goal this year is to not only qualify for the State Championship but to also earn an invitation to the World competition.
Team members are already learning a variety of skills, including:
These specialized skills that team members learn have proven valuable in obtaining internships and jobs, as well as preparing students for college. In fact, 80% of the team’s graduating seniors have gone on to STEM-related fields of study.
IRON GIANTS ROBOTICS
We are the Edwardsburg High School’s Robotics Team, the Iron Giants 5069. Robotics provides training in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM). We allow students to explore their interests in business, marketing, media, design, programming, and building. This program is hands on and student-led. We teach students life skills such as team-work, time management, responsibility, and integrity.
Every year we fund, design, build, and program a robot used to compete in tournaments run by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). The organization’s goal is to inspire young people to be leaders in science and technology. We are part of FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition), the largest and most intense FIRST competition.