Yooper TroopersFIRST Team 4988Cedarville High School2019 Plan
Team and program summary
Our vision is to see lives inspired and transformed through the use of knowledge and hands-on projects based on science and technology. The mission of Yooper Troopers is to, “positively impact students and community members by immersing them into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through FIRST Robotics to help them see the positive outcomes and benefits of STEM”. This will be realized through Gracious Professionalism® and cooperation among FIRST Robotics teams, sponsors, mentors, businesses, and community members.
This year the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) class at Cedarville High School operates under a “Project Based Learning” format where we learn through projects that are related to ourselves and our community. Our first year in FIRST robotics competition was in the 2013-2014 season. Our school and students are located in a very rural area. Cedarville Schools is one building that fits grades k-12. There are less than 300 kids in the entire school. The graduating class this year is 27 students.
Currently, our team has two teacher mentors who teach in high school. One of those teachers is a math teacher who also has an educational background in computer science and programming. The other teacher is a science teacher with a background in physical science. We have also acquired other parent/community mentors with the following areas of expertise: electrical contracting, welding/fabrication, machining, computer programming, and accounting. Currently, we are pursuing additional mentors and sponsors from our community and beyond.
Short Term Goals:
Our goals for this year are quite simple. It is to build a robot that can compete and cooperate with other robots at the highest level possible, and have fun while doing it. We also want to gain as much knowledge as possible, by partnering with businesses and mentors. This knowledge and experience will help our team members in their pursuit of further education and STEM-related career opportunities. Another goal is to make gracious professionalism and coopertition® part of the basic foundations of our team culture.
Long Term Goals:
Our future plan is to grow in student, mentor, and sponsor membership and involve the community by increasing awareness of Cedarville’s first robotics team. We also have a goal to increase student’s knowledge, skills, and understanding of STEM and FIRST (Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Likewise, our team deems it important for the community to gain knowledge and interact with our FIRST robotics team. We plan to increase awareness and participation through having an online presence, community projects, and outreach beyond our local community. This would not only help FIRST by increasing awareness of their organization, but it will help people see the positive outcomes of this program.
What is FIRST?
FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”. It was founded in 1989 by U.S. entrepreneur and inventor Dean Kamen with a goal to “transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.” His mission is “to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.”
Impact on our Community and Society
Community Events:We have done many public demonstrations of our robots to the public from events at the public library to after-school events in the cafeteria, we are trying to raise awareness of the robotics program and get more people interested in it. We also annually participate in Cedarville's Fourth of July festivities and parade. Last year we even did a demonstration at the local headstart by showing the kids how to use Lego robots letting them play with them. Last spring, our team demonstrated the robot at our middle school honors banquet so that parents and students could get an understanding of what FIRST is about. We also had several events that we participated in last summer. Some members of Yooper Troopers had a display booth at Frog Fest (a local environmental festival) displaying a drone (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) and to show how the R.O.V. (Remote Operated Vehicle) was used to monitor invasive weed growth within the Les Cheneaux Islands. Our team is excited to continue to be involved in these community activities to promote FIRST Robotics. We also demonstrated our robot to our Middle School summer students of 2014. In addition, a demonstration was open to the community during the school year. Tourism, in Cedarville, is a central focus of the economy, and many residents are summer residents. Many of these summer residents, while not here during most of the school year are still involved in community outreach and school activities. Therefore, summer events will be very important to reach these people concerning our team and FIRST Robotics. Summer of 2014 consisted of being in the parade with the robot from last year. Down at the football field demonstrations were held. Afterward, anyone who wanted to was allowed to drive it for a short time. Meanwhile, we passed out contact information and sponsor letters to raise awareness.
We are planning on presenting our robot to the community in an effort to acquire more sponsors and mentors for our team in the future. We also hope to gain the interest of other students who would like to participate in FIRST. Members of the Yooper Troopers work with and are associated with the businesses in our town and plan to contact those businesses and organizations in an effort to form partnerships with them.
Now that we are fairly established in the FIRST robotics program we are communicating and cooperating with other Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan teams. For example, we are collaborating with the Brimley Deceptors. Our team has also worked with teams from Escanaba, Gladstone, Petoskey, and South Lyon. We even did a joint demonstration with the Sault Saint Marie Instigators