2630A Alpha Encore Submission - Dedication to STEM Robotics Mentoring
Our Team is dedicated to STEM Mentoring. Each team member has over 100 volunteer hours mentoring robotics. For four years, we set up VEX tournaments, served as tournament volunteers, mentored teams, and presented at yearly STEM nights for middle and elementary schools. Our school had no robotics in 8th grade so Andrew, Connor and I started a team. The team grew from 18 to 30 students per year. We were all selected for the Neuqua robotics team 2360A. Ksheetij joined in 9th and Micah in 10th. Our three senior teams 2360 H, N, and Z all qualified for 2020 Fantasy Worlds. Due to the pandemic, we have had online school since March 2020 and Neuqua robotics was unable to meet as no clubs were allowed. In January 2020, we were Tournament Champions at the Mt. Carmel. We never had a chance to qualify for Worlds since the 2020 Illinois State Tournament was canceled the night before. Our team 2630A qualified for the Illinois State Championship for two years, 2020 and 2021. We are currently 288th in the world for skills. Our skills score is 171 (with a 65 autonomous and 106 driver). Over 4 years our team has shown our dedication to robotics by mentoring young students and showcased resilience as a team to overcome many challenges. We believe we deserve to have the opportunity to attend the 2021 Worlds.