I teach science at Freeport High School and also coach Robotics, chess, and tennis. Across the board I have seen students and their families struggling more and more financially. Our community is a struggling community.
So, our staff (including me) is trying hard to connect to students and help them develop into responsible citizens during the day but also after school by offering activities that help them see the world and set goals.
A great opportunity for my students is FIRST. We have a team of students and mentors that participate in the FIRST Robotics competition. Each year, a new theme is revealed and students plan, design, and build a robot meeting the given requirements and then participate in a competition. This year we again will go to Peoria and we are in need of better parts, cameras, and electronic devices and are trying to raise money to do so.
The parts are essential parts for the robot the students have begun to build. The deadline is February 20th, 2018. Students are part of the FIRST robotics competition and will gain in depth experience in electronics, programming, design, and learn 21st century skills.
The motors are used for the drive wheels to propel the robot.
The PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) Perforated Sheet will be used for mounting the electronics and electrical system to the robot. The Greartisan gearbox is used to increase the torque and slow down the motor shaft, and will be used with the motors
Students are setting goals, gaining confidence, and getting prepared for possibly entering a STEM career, as former student members have gone into engineering and are looking back with pride to their time in the Freeport Robotics program.
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