FIRST Robotics at MTHS
Three years ago, a number of students, faculty, and community members expressed interest in a FIRST Robotics team to be hosted at Metamora Township High School. As a result, MTHS investigated the possibility of bringing the program to the school. In the fall of 2010, a FIRST Robotics team at MTHS was just a dream, but Mr. Joe Bachman was determined to make a reality. After a year of extensive research, speeches to school board members, and collaboration with other area FIRST teams, the Metamora/Washington Area Robotics team was born.
With the support of the administration at MTHS, generous donations from sponsors, and daily contributions from mentors and students, MARS/WARS successfully built and tested its very first robot. If you are interested in discovering more about MARS/WARS FIRST Robotics or would like to find out more about how you could support the program, please contact Joe Bachman through the “Contact Us” link at the top of the page.
Benefits of FIRST Robotics:
There are over $16 million of national and local scholarships available to students who participate in FIRST Robotics. For example, Bradley University offers up to four $2,500 renewable scholarships to FIRST participants. It’s fun! It’s not every day that a person has the opportunity to build such a sophisticated device. Students involved in FIRST Robotics participate in sub-teams such as Electrical, Programming, Mechanical, and Web Design. Through FIRST, students learn time management, social skills, leadership, and teamwork abilities that employers desire of their employees.
What is FIRST Robotics?
FIRST Robotics is a worldwide event where students build a robot to compete in a competition each year. Regional competitions are held in locations such as Chicago, Purdue University, and Milwaukee.