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General Information

Mission Statement:

To engage students in hands-on applications of STEM concepts, universal skills, and critical thinking through robotics while practicing FIRST principles both in and out of the STEM community.

Welcome to robotics! The Mountlake Terrace High School Robotics Club (MTHSRC) facilitates, organizes, and participates in two different STEM competitions developed by international organizations, FIRST® and VEX. At Mountlake Terrace High School, we build robots to compete nationally, as well as support STEM education in our community. Students from Mountlake Terrace High School and others are encouraged to join VEX Robotics Competition as soon as the school year starts. Then, these students are given the choice to transition to build on a larger team with a larger, more complex robot through FIRST® Robotics Competition. In both programs, each student is taken into the world of STEM and given a place to learn, apply, and teach new skills.

VEX Robotics Competition

VEX is a program made up of multiple competition levels. MTHSRC participates in the VEX Robotics Competition, a competition for middle and high school students. Participants design a robot using the metal VEX construction platform in order to solve an engineering challenge, presented in the form of a game. Matches are in two vs. two format, and students use programming, building, and communication skills to be successful.

http://www.vexrobotics.com/vexedr/competition/
Advisor: Bryan Smelcer - smelcerb997@edmonds.wednet.edu
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2 pm to 4 pm | First Meeting: September 19th, 2 pm, Room 133

FIRST® Robotics Competition

In January, the largest and most complex high school robotics competition begins. The FIRST® Robotics Competition is a six-week build season to design, build, a test a robot from scratch. Teams are given the bare necessities and a rule book then, left on their own to innovate a new solution to the challenge. FIRST® Robotics Competition typically contains a fair amount advanced fabrication, complex design, critical thinking, amazing creativity, and demanding competition. Kick-off, where we are introduced to the game, will be held on Saturday, January 6th, 2018 We have continued to grow as a team and would like your help as a student, mentor, or simply parent volunteer.

http://firstwa.org  | http://firstinspires.org
Advisors: Scott Davidson - scottd@mcneel.com Crystal Edwards - roboticsmths@gmail.com
Preseason Meetings: Tuesday and Thursday, 6pm - 8pm
Build Season: Monday-Thursday, 5:45 pm - 9 pm Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm

Dessert Auction Fundraiser

Time and Location TBD

Our annual fundraiser, coordinated with other schools within the Edmonds School District. The money raised benefits all the robotics teams in the district. To make the fundraiser successful, the club contributes items for auction baskets and sell tickets. Also, members are going to be asked to volunteer.

Outreach Events

Throughout the school year, team members may have opportunities to help reach out to our community at various events. These events are completely optional but can be fun learning experiences. MTHSRC has previously:

    • Helped out at multiple elementary school Science Nights
    • Volunteered at Food Lifeline
    • Presented and driven robots at the ESD STEM Expo
    • Participated in the Future of Flight’s Family STEM Night

    Please remember, it's not just robots. We highly encourage students to volunteer with the robotics club.

    Jerseys

    For VEX, each team has their own unique “theme”, including a color scheme, oftentimes cheers, and mascot. Team spirit is a huge part of any robotics club, so MTHSRC loves to go above and beyond! For this reason, we always design t-shirts for each of our teams. Students can purchase these jerseys once they are on a specific team. We expect jerseys to cost around $20. While completely optional, they’re a great way to show off team spirit at competitions, around school, and anywhere in between!

    Grades and More

    In accordance with our bylaws, members must remain in good standing with regard to payment of fees, if any, and have a valid ASB card, as well as hold a grade of C- or above to travel or compete with any of our teams.

    Parent Participation

    Parents are more than welcome to join the fun. There are several ways parents can volunteer in our organization:

      • Mentor for our FRC team,
      • Help organize events such as the Annual Auction,
      • Volunteer to chaperone students to various events,
      • Take sponsorship packets to work and connect the club to potential sponsors,
      • And of course, support students by showing up to competitions and cheering for their teams!

      To get involved, email any of the student officers, advisors, mentors, or go to first1778.org/contact.

      Communication

      The club primarily communicates to its members through emails. Please make sure to sign up for emails from us, using a working email (students will already have their school emails signed up, but please also let us know the email that you will check most often). This is our way of letting both parents and students know of important dates, reminders, and other critical information about robotics. You can sign up at goo.gl/Hn2AWk.

      We also have a website!  There you can find our calendar, leadership team minutes, any major news, pictures of events, and a handy dandy contact form that will email the leadership team. Check it out at first1778.org! Also, our Leadership Team meets every Friday at 2 p.m. in Room 135. All students are welcome to sit in or bring ideas to the meetings. We love to have input from students.

      You can contact us through out website at first1778.org/contact or email any of us.

      Student Officers:
      Mark Takatsuka, President - takatmar000@edmonds15.org
      Eugene Seubert,  Vice President - seubeeug000@edmonds15.org
      Cade Jackson, Secretary - jackscad000@edmonds15.org
      Andrew Hay, Treasurer - hayand001@edmonds15.org

       

      Advisors and Mentors:
      Scott Davidson, Head Coach - scottd@mcneel.com
      Crystal Edwards, Head Coach - roboticsmths@gmail.com
      Bryan Smelcer, VEX Advisor - smelcerb997@edmonds.wednet.edu