The gears never stop rolling in the robotics club.

The Fort Madison High School’s robotics club is preparing for the “FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC).” This will be FMHS’ first time participating in the global competition.

The goal of the competition is to build a 120 lb. robot that will compete in a variety of games. The gimmick is that the teams are told six weeks in advance what the type of game it will be. This gives the students only six weeks to organize, construct and program a robot to compete in the mystery sport with unknown obstacles.

By using their critical thinking skills as a team, students design, build and program the robot. In the process, students learn how to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts  (STEM), plus a healthy dose of imagination, to solve the problem.

These are the varying characteristics that draw students into the robotics club.

“I like to be able to build and learn more about robots and engineering because engineering is where my passion is,” Hailey Ridgeway says,

The robotics club typically draws in students that are interested in engineering. By providing these students with real-world skills like programming, strategic design and teamwork, it gives them ample experience for their pursues in the engineering field.

Originally Published by the Fort Madison Daily Democrat on November 8th, 2017. Written by Skyler Holtkamp. Read the Full Article at the Pen City Current