Keep Our Robotics Team on the Cutting Edge of Technology
Help me give my students a safe and effective laser cutter to foster their tech skills and creativity while helping them remain competitive at a national level.
This project expired on July 12, 2019.
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The students in my robotics club are some of the most intelligent, curious, creative, and caring young adults I have ever encountered. I have been coaching robotics and teaching physics for 7 years and these students are continuing to push well past my knowledge of robotics and computer programming. These students are very globally conscious and frequently discuss automation's roll in potentially solving problems like the Fukushima nuclear waste clean up and eliminating plastics in the world's oceans. They also discuss the potential for automation to permanently change our economy by replacing jobs.
These students have quickly outgrown our materials and deserve the tools and kits that will help them continue to thrive in their robotics and technical education.
I would love for them to have new materials for digitally programmable robotics and learning kits to help all of us learn more advanced robotics together. The tools requested will also allow the students to help other clubs like the maker club and Science Olympiad with their projects.
The laser cutter will be shared between the Robotics Team, Engineering Classes, Science Olympiad Team, and Maker Club. Each club has a countless number of unique needs that will be addressed by the laser cutter but the students will be able to collaborate with the common skills required for laser cutting.
All of the students involved will benefit from gaining and honing CAD skills, understanding of material properties and limitations, technical communication skills, and applications of the iterative process in making things.
These skills will help prepare students for a future that is becoming more technologically dependent. We also hope that this will attract new students to clubs that would normally not be interesting in technological extracurriculars.
Additionally, to be competitive at the national level in both of our robotic leagues (MATE Robotics and FIRST Tech Challenge) we need the ability to make custom designed structural parts. Our robotics team made it to the FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship this year which was an amazing experience but also a big wake up call about our limited abilities with stock parts. This tool will allow me to my narrative from "that's a great idea but we cannot afford those parts" to "that's a great idea, let's figure out how to make those parts!"
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