The Iron Giants Robotics Team promotes interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) by teaching high school students how to fund, design, build, and program a robot used in competitions.
Last year was a great year for our team. We won first place at a regional competition and were invited to attend the State competition. We received the Innovative Design Award, Industrial Safety Award, and Judges Award.
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 begins in January, when students put their skills to the test. They will 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.