GMC Robotics Team

The New FIRST Robotics Team at GMC is Recruiting Members…Do you want to be a Trailer-Blazer?

STEM-based learning activities are booming in the Greer/Greenville/Spartanburg area, and robotics is an AWESOME way for Students to be introduced to technology and other STEM-related disciplines, but where do you go?  FIRST® Robotics is a good place to start and “it’s as close to real-world engineering as a Student can get.

 

Update: Want more information???

The Robotics Team Leadership will have a table set up at GMC’s Open House. They will be available to parents and students to answer any questions for those whom are interested.

 

What is FIRST?

FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international organization for kids K-12 that believes robotics is about “more than robots.” Of course Students learn about engineering principles such as designing, building, and testing while making their robots, but also about life/career skills like teamwork, innovation, communication, basic business principles, and time management. Participants even have access to college scholarships.

Finding a FIRST® Robotics Team

Well you don’t need to go very far.  Greer Middle College Charter High School will be fielding its own FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) Team at the start of the 2017-2018 School year.  The GMC Trailer-Blazers name pays homage to the schools “roots” and the schools other Sports/Academic Teams.  We will compete with other FTC Teams in the southeast and possibly nationwide.

More than Science, Engineering, Technology, or Math…

Initially, the Team will be guided by two Coaches and Teacher Mentors.  Any interested Parents are encouraged to offer their time and support, though it is not a requirement if your Student decides joins the Team. 

Other skills beyond STEM are also needed.  Art, Journalism, and English are also important skills needed to ensure Team success.  Students with art skills can help with logo, website graphics and t-shirts designs; Students interested in accounting/business can work on real-life budgets, Students with writing skills can work on marketing materials and media releases. Students will also actively seek out other support opportunities.  The Team has already received support from Amazon’s GSP1 Fulfillment center, but will continually look for help and support from other local companies to help see their project ideas realized.

Ultimately, this challenge is more than just an engineering task. The team is expected to set their own deadlines, write their own documentation, do their own marketing, and fund-raise. Although the Students run the process of creation and execution of ideas, Adult Coaches and Teacher Mentors will help guide the Students and remove barriers.

The True Spirit of Teamwork

Teamwork doesn’t stop with the Team, their Mentors or the Coaches. FIRST® has a theme of cooperation and it makes sure that “Gracious Professionalism” is embodied by all the Teams, so in the spirit of cooperation, the Team can ask other Teams for ideas and vice versa.  All the FIRST® Teams want to see everyone do well. It’s competitive, but we’re all doing this to learn.

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