FIRST Robotics Team 4188
FIRST Lego League Team 40037
VEX Robotics Hardaway
Columbus Space program is the initiative that covers FIRST Robotics team 4188, a CSP FIRST Lego League team, the VEX Robotics team at Hardaway High School, the DREAMS high altitude balloon science, and the NASA CubeSat program in Columbus, GA
FIRST Robotics Competition has been a way for our team members to excel in engineering, CAD, business, and leadership. The assistance it has provided for the college acceptance of our alumni is significant and undeniable. Since our start, thirteen of our own team members have been accepted into MIT; pluus many of the others attend schools including Dartmouth, Georgia Tech (27 to date), Johns Hopkins, Auburn, SCAD, Amhurst, WPI, Georgia, Mercer and UCF. The majority of our alumni have chosen to major in STEM fields such as Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or Computer Science (97% in fact). FIRST Team 4188 has also launched several careers, including internship with Google and SpaceX.
From the mentoring of Boy Scouts, Brownie Scouts, and multiple FIRST Lego League teams, to demonstrating our robot’s abilities at local elementary schools, we have aspired to change the mindset of today’s youth to appreciate STEM and other academic fields in the same way that other areas like sports are popular today. We also interested our own peers in STEM through an attendance of over 100 people to our mechanical engineering, CAD, and programming workshops at the start of the season as well as helping to implement advanced placement STEM classes at some of our schools, such as: AP Computer Science, AP Physics C: Mechanics, and AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism.
Since 2016, the Columbus Space Program and the Muscogee County School District have launched multiple FLL teams across the community, to include our own CSP Space Cadets. The demand to date has been great, due to the "Field Trip" to the Columbus Qualifier during the 2016 - 2018 seasons and various open houses and news stories. FIRST expanded to 20 new schools across Columbus, and team 4188 has added students from three additional high schools (Brookstone, Hardaway, and Auburn), as well as adding the VEX team from Hardaway to the program.
The team has finished our 2018 season and are wrapping up 2018, to include work with our new FLL team and training for a new FRC season. We've started preparing for the Destination: Deep Space year. We just finished DREAMS-29 launch in support of six FLL teams from across the U.S. Prior to the end of 2018, we have an FLL competition for the Space Cadets and for mentored teams around the Columbus area. Come out December 1 to CSU and watch these supported teams.