We are the Edwardsburg High School Robotics Team, the Iron Giants 5069. Robotics provides training in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). 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 partof FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition), the largest and most intense FIRST competition.
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:
CAD, to design the robot & create 3D models of the parts
Labview, to program the robot to perform the 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.