The Iron Giants Robotics Team promotes interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) by teaching high school students how to design, build, and program a robot. Last year we had another great season. We were able to win our first Regional competition, which is hard since Michigan is the most competitive state.

The team also obtained the district’s first 3D printer, which students used to design and produce parts for their robot.

The team’s build season will begin in January, when students put their skills to the test. They will have 6 weeks to design and build a robot; and ready it for competition. 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 Championships in St. Louis in April. 

Team members are already learning a variety of skills, including:

  • CAD, to design the robot & create 3D models of the parts
  • Labview, to program the robot to perform required tasks
  • Wood and metal fabrication, to build the robot
  • Marketing, to raise money for parts and competition fees, and promote the team to businesses and the community

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.