FIRST Robotics Team 4188
FIRST Lego League Team 40037
VEX Robotics Hardaway Team 8616
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; plus 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 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 FIRST teams across the community, to include our own CSP Space Cadets. The demand to date has been great, due in part to the "Field Trip" to the Columbus Qualifier (Tech It Out) during the 2016 - 2018 seasons and various open houses and news stories. FIRST has expanded to 53 teams across the Columbus area, 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 2019 Destination: Deep Space is fully in progress, and CSP has competed at our district tournaments. Next, we will be competing in the PCH State District Championships. We'll preparing for our 30th DREAMS launch right after that.