Vandegrift High School’s Robotics Program, Viperbots was established in 2010 in the North Austin area and has been highly successful over the past 9 years. By the end of 2016, the program had established 7 FTC teams. However, at the end of the 2017 school year, the ViperBots sponsors and ViperBots Friends and Family announced that they were finally introducing their first FRC team to the program. This was revolutionary considering that the program had been primarily focused on the FIRST Tech Challenge. We are so excited to be a part of the FIRST Robotics Competition for our third year and hope to use our experience to lay a strong foundation for future ViperBot Valor generations.
DEVELOPING CRITICAL THINKERS AND PROBLEM SOLVERS
From sub-team organization to machine learning, we strive everyday to constantly learn and improve ourselves to better our community and get ready for industry standards. By developing ourselves into critical thinkers and problem solvers, we set ourselves up to sustain our team through community engagement and expand STEM to underserved and underrepresented populations.
GUARANTEEING OUR TEAM’S SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH COMMUNITY ENGAGMENT
With these events, we hope to sustain Valor through community outreach events, including participating in the LEEF Mudstacle for two straight years and introducing FIRST to young students at the River Ridge Elementary STEM Night. By exposing younger students to FIRST, we strive to set them up for success in their desired STEM field. We also hope to keep our team sustainable by inspiring students to join FIRST at a young age and continue to the FRC program in high school. Once we guarantee team sustainability, Valor can continue to expand STEM to underserved and underrepresented populations.
EXPANDING STEM EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Through these events, Valor aspires to make STEM universal. Through participating in events, such as SACOT and NAC, we advocate to create opportunities for all students in STEM and integrate STEM into education at a national level. Once we expand STEM to underserved and underrepresented populations, we can ultimately achieve our mission to demand more STEM opportunities for young students within their high school and post high school careers, and encourage a culture that values STEM.