Winnovation is one of more than 2,800 robotics teams around the world competing in a unique varsity Sport for the Mind deisgned to help high-school-aged young people discover how interesting and rewarding STEM is. For more information about Winnovation FRC Team 1625 visit click here or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook: click here Twitter: click here
At its core, the team’s goal is to design a robot to play a game, but in reality the program provides hands-on opportunity for students to apply theoretical concepts learned in school (math, science, industrial education all have direct impact) while:
- Analyzing a complex game-based problem
- Designing a 120-pound robot to solve the problem
- Building the robot from scratch including designing and machining the parts
- Programming the robot using advanced computer and electrical methods
- Developing and managing a budget for time and materials
- Meeting with and presenting to corporations and organizations who provide funding and in-kind support
While the official robotics season – build and competition – runs January – April, Winnovation has a year-round calendar of events that include competition, community service, STEM education, and fun. Since our rookie year, 2004, Winnovation has continued to be very successful at competition, qualifying for World Championships seven times with a win-loss-tie record of 207-86-10. While we are proud of our achievements, the robot’s win-loss record is not the most satisfying accomplishment. We celebrate the impact that Winnovation has had on the 100+ students who have been a part of the program over the past ten years. These students are now studying science and technology at a number of top schools and are employed by top companies including IBM, Innovation First, John Deere, LinkedIn, Spirit Air Systems, and UTC, Woodward.
While the impact on individuals in our rural northwestern Illinois community is important, the power of FIRST to influence the broader community is much greater than just playing with robots. Compared to their peers, FIRST alumni are:
- Significantly more likely to attend college
- 3x more likely to major in engineering
- 4x more likely to pursue a career in Engineering.
- 2.5x more likely to volunteer in the community
- Female FIRST Alumni are 4x (400%) more likely to pursue Technology and Engineering majors in college
- Minority FIRST Alumni are 2x (200%) more likely to pursue Technology and Engineering majors in college