FIRST Robotics Team 4188
FIRST Tech Challenge Team 13933
FIRST Lego League Teams 12841, 15206, 26852, 28740, 36518, 36519, 35839, 35938, 36138, 36161, 36515, 36516, 36517
FIRST Lego League Junior Team 8349
VEX Robotics Hardaway
Columbus Space program is the initiative that covers FIRST Robotics team 4188, the new Boys & Girls Club FIRST Tech Challenge team, multiple FIRST Lego League teams, 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, and many of the others attend schools including Dartmouth, Georgia Tech (27 to date), Johns Hopkins, Auburn, SCAD, Amhurst, WPI, and Mercer. 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 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 and 2017 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. There is also a new FIRST Tech Challenge team from Boys & Girls Club joining the Columbus Space Program.
Competition season continues in week 5, with the Duluth District Event -- our first following our Chairman win in Columbus. You can watch at https://www.twitch.tv/gafirst1.