Promoting Team Spirit, Creativity, and Collaboration
My students need a color printer and a badge maker to create buttons to promote team spirit at the regional robotics events. All teams participating trade badges at the events to show support for other teams.
During the FIRST Robotics "build” season, my dedicated and talented students spend over 275 hours in the Robotics Lab, above and beyond their already-challenging school day. They build every aspect of the robot themselves, including meticulously machining all its parts in-house in our Robotics Lab.
Our Robotics team members are a very ethnically and socioeconomically diverse group of students, commuting from all boroughs of New York City for the unique opportunities available to them at our school.
They come into the lab every day brimming with ideas and tremendously excited to set to work problem-solving, building, and programming. They are highly motivated and greatly enjoy honing their technical skills through the hands-on educational opportunities afforded by our Robotics program and the Annual FIRST Robotics Challenge.
Students learn to create and assemble team buttons/badges to promote team spirit amongst the school community and with the other teams we meet and compete with at the regional events each season. Students who aren't sure about how to get involved in the team often start with our media group and learn how the team works.
By creating the badges themselves, students learn to make their team logo designs a reality, communicate their team pride, and to appreciate how things are made, even on the smallest scale.
Quite a few of our team members have learned how to use the badge maker, but making enough buttons requires more equipment such as a color printer which we hope that your help can provide for them. The students who engage in making badges are getting an opportunity to help communicate who the team is and who its members are in a practical way. The extra parts will allow the students to make enough buttons to potentially sell for some fundraising as well.
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