FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded by Dean Kamen. The FIRST Robotics Competition is a national contest founded in 1989. In 2011, FIRST reached well over 250,000 students. In addition, the FIRST program and its supporting universities, institutions, and corporations awarded almost fourteen million dollars in scholarships to its participants. The competitions are high tech, spectator sporting events and the result of lots of focused brainstorming, real-world teamwork, dedicated mentoring, project timelines, and deadlines. It is an opportunity for the students of Eldon to work closely with engineers and business professionals from local, national and international businesses to get a hands-on, inside look at the real-world competitive environment. The teams then compete in a spirited, no-holds-barred tournament complete with referees, cheerleaders, and time clocks. To learn more about this international program, please go to www.usfirst.org.
The Eldon Gearheads Robotics team was founded in 2014 when the school received a 21st Century grant. At this point the Gearheads consisted of two FIRST Lego League Robotics (FLL) teams. Our FLL teams have grown to incorporate 4 teams and 38 students. In the 2017-2018 school year the robotics family will expand to include a FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team at the middle school.
Students in grades (4-6) will compete in the FLL section of the FIRST programs. Starting with 7th grade, students will have the opportunity to compete in the FTC program.
(top, left to right) Conner Matthias, Jacob Arnold, Zachery Nemeth, Adysson Gerber, and Grant Bishop.
(middle, left to right) Matthew Pollet, Trevor Lovelace, Kyle Conner, Amya Brisbin, and Noah Myers.
(bottom, left to right) Cathy Roth (Coach), Taylor Mislevich (Mentor), Corey Matthias (Coach), Michael Rush (Mentor), and Kat Galarza (Coach).
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