A local FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team, Rohming Robots, has earned a top award at the South Super-Regional Championship which was held in Athens, GA, March 8-10. The team is a 4-H project club focused on robotics and has earned the top judged award in South Carolina for the past three years. This is Rohming Robots first year to win an award at the Super-Regional level (72 teams from across 15 Southeastern states). The team earned top honors for the Think Award which recognizes the team that best reflects the journey they took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season. It is the first time in South Super-Regional history that a South Carolina team has advanced to the World Championship via a judged award. The next stop for this team is the World Championship in Houston, TX, April 18-21st.
Rohming Robots is not a team that roams aimlessly, but one that journeys purposefully. They use SMART goals and team/project management tools like any good business to press forward toward their mission and vision. "Rohming Robot's mission is to encourage students to learn new skills and grow in their understanding of science and technology while inspiring others. We are committed to doing our best, refusing to give up, and learning from our mistakes, our mentors, and each other." Just last week, the team spent time encouraging state legislators to take action on elevating hands-on STEM activities like robotics in the state as part of the Inaugural STEM Education Day at the SC Capitol organized by South Carolina's Coalition for Math and Science (SCCMS).
The club's vision is, "to use our accomplishments to inspire teens and the community to resist the fear of failing by trying new endeavors." Team members do all they can to encourage other teens to step out of their comfort zones and to change they way they look at failing. It is a necessary path toward success to fail along the way. and it is not to be feared. Rohming Robots invites teens to "join the resistance" and crush the fear that keeps them from pursuing their interests.
Check out the team's website or facebook page for information on their GoFundMe campaign or how you can help support these talented and hard-working student leaders.