They're learning more than programming and building robots. They're learning how important it is to give back to the community
WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- They are lifting their education to new heights and helping some younger, budding scientists to do the same.
The FIRST Robotics team at Wilson High School Northwest DC has two main goals to achieve to get to them this years national competition in April.
First, "The Mighty Tigers" need to build a robot that can catapult exercise balls into hoops 20 yards away..
Wilson senior, Sohrab Pasikhani describes their robot like this,
"It'll have two nuematic pistons attached to two arms, it will push out the arms at and angle so it goes right over the ball and comes right back, it's able to chuck the ball out of the robot "
Their second goal, help to ignite a passion for engineering and math in the kids at nearby Janney elementary school as well.
They do that by introducing a smaller version of their robots, made with Legos. The high school students teach 5 and 6th graders basic programming and building techniques.
This community outreach is the Chairman's award portion of the FIRST Robotics competition, it's something students like Nico Colaizzi really take to heart.
"It just gets the knowledge and interest in robotics to kids in the area and adults to get involved in the programs"
Not to say adults aren't already involved in fact "The Mighty Tigers" get a lot of help according to AP Physics teacher Angela Benjamin.
"We have the parent component, we have the mentors, we have the engineers who come an help us, we have the coach and we have all the kids with the skills they are bringing"
That and a little luck and they could come home with some hardware at a regional competition in Lubbock, Texas, the first week in March.
Then, it's off to another regional match the last week in March at George Mason University in Virginia.
The hope of course those two stops will launch the team to the national finals in St Louis in April. GOOD LUCK!