Silver Creek High School in Sellersburg recently launched a new robotics team through the FIRST Robotics Competition, providing students with an opportunity to engage in team-based robotics programs. The team will be competing against other schools starting in March.
The program, offered to students between the ages of 4 and 18, is an initiative by For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), a community focused on preparing young individuals for the future. By participating in the program, students have the chance to explore various fields, including engineering, design, programming, and business.
Jeff Harrell, Silver Creek High School’s math and Project Lead The Way teacher, emphasized the inclusivity of the program, stating, “You have to present your product in a business plan, so it can entail a lot of different students in the school.” Students who are interested in joining the robotics team can discuss their interests with Harrell to determine the best fit. It’s not uncommon for students to discover new areas of interest while participating in the program.
The robotics club welcomes students of all backgrounds and has no member limit, allowing the team to grow up to 100 students. Several months before the competition, the club receives a kit with materials and is tasked with designing and building a robot. Harrell explained, “Once they release it, then we have about two or two and a half months to build a robot to do whatever skill they want you to do with it.” The competitions will take place in Columbus and Washington, initially at the state level. If successful, the team could progress to regional and even national competitions.
The launch of the robotics team has sparked enthusiasm among students and staff at Silver Creek High School. Harrell expressed excitement, saying, “It’s exciting to get started. Walking in this new endeavor, we’re not sure what all it’s going to entail.”
1. What is the robotics program at Silver Creek High School?
The robotics program is a newly established team at Silver Creek High School that competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition. It offers students the chance to engage in team-based robotics programs and develop skills in engineering, design, programming, and business.
2. Who can join the robotics program?
The program is open to students between the ages of 4 and 18. It welcomes students with diverse interests and backgrounds, offering them the opportunity to explore various fields in robotics.
3. Is there a limit to the number of students who can join the robotics club?
No, there is no limit to the number of students who can join the robotics club at Silver Creek High School. The team can accommodate up to 100 students, depending on their interests and roles within the team.
4. What is the competition process for the robotics team?
Several months before the competition, the robotics club receives a kit with materials and is responsible for designing and building a robot. The team then competes against other schools at the state level, with the potential to progress to regional and national competitions if successful.