FIRST Robotics Team 4188
FIRST Lego League Teams 256, 26541, 25968, 25969, 28740, 26190, 26852, 28663, 15206, 26394, 28639
FIRST Lego League Junior Team 8349
Columbus Space program is the initiative that covers FIRST Robotics team 4188, multiple FIRST Lego League teams, 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, and many of the others attend schools including Dartmouth, Georgia Tech (27 to date), Johns Hopkins, Auburn, SCAD, Amhurst, and Mercer. The majority of our alumni have chosen to major in STEM fields such as Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or Computer Science. 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 B, AP Physics C: Mechanics, and AP Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism.
In 2016, the Columbus Space Program in conjunction with the Muscogee County School District has launched multiple FLL teams across the community. The demand to date has been great, due to the "Field Trip" to the Columbus Qualifier during the 2016 season 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 Jordan), as well as adding two VEX teams from Hardaway and Carver to the program.
August brings a new school year. This means that we have lots of activities coming, including DREAMS-26 (Eclipse to the Edge of Space) and DREAMS-27 for a middle of the night launch. We will be starting a new robotics year, with recruitment and FLL/FTC mentorship training, and planning for outreach programs and for the GRITS tournament in October. Stay tuned to learn where we are every week.