What do donuts, dogs, and drills have in common with a robotics team? They’re the quintessential parts of the Vail Unified School District’s competitive robotics team.
The high spirited, donut loving, dog themed team is called Team 1828, or the BoxerBots. The BoxerBots belong to the international program of FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics, a program that allows students hands-on experience in infusing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with fun challenges and games.
Catch members of the BoxerBots robotics team in action with their 2016 competitive robot, “The Kurgan,” at a 3:30 p.m. presentation on Thursday (Oct. 6) at the Arizona Senior Academy. The students will explain how robotics and STEM have impacted themselves and their community.
With three consecutive spirit awards, a first place varsity robotics trophy, and awards for entrepreneurship and programming, the BoxerBots are an entirely student-run team with an ongoing mission to promote robotics participation which in turn acts as a vehicle to educate the community about the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Part of this mission is educating new members in their respective fields of interest through different sub-teams: business, media, design, programming, electronics, build, and advanced fabrication. These sub-teams have just six weeks to design, build, wire, and program a functional, competition-ready robot that can make it past the regional competition and onto the FIRST World Championships.
Impressed by last years BoxerBots presentation and grant proposal, the Arizona Senior Academy has decided to become a sponsor of the team. The Academy will make its first $1,000 donation to the team at the Oct. 6 demonstration.
Arizona Public Media (AZPM) will also be on hand filming the students for a mini-documentary they are producing.
Written by members of Team 1828 BoxerBots