We strongly believe in the benefits of the FIRST programs as they have been able to spark interest in engineering and science in our own community. We would love to demo our robot for those at the Maker Faire, as this would be an amazing opportunity for our students to share their excitement for science, technology, engineering, and math with the Faire's attendees! For our exhibit, we will bring our previous season's robot for demonstrations and viewing as several toys the team has adapted to benefit members of the local community who are in need of assistive technology.
Roaring Riptide: FIRST Robotics Competition Team #4118, was founded in 2011 at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School in Gainesville, Florida. The team is made up of a diverse group of students that are challenged each year to design and build a robot in six weeks that can compete in an international competition. Mentors help guide the students through the engineering design process in order to help the students with the design and fabrication of the robot. The team strives to inspire young people to be leaders by engaging them in exciting hands-on programs that build STEM expertise and encourage innovation. This is accomplished by teaching students that learning in fields traditionally perceived as “difficult” can be fun in the right environment. The students also work towards raising awareness and excitement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with local and national outreach efforts so that others may have similar opportunities. This outreach fosters the acquisition of well-rounded life skills including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.