The Robotics Club at North High School, otherwise known as Team 2647, The Cyborg Mustangs is a robotics and engineering club open to all students interested in science, technology, inventing, or just curious on how things work, while collaborating as a team. The main activity our club participates in is the FIRST Robotics Competition otherwise known as FRC. To quote the FRC website - "The varsity sport for the Mind, FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to "real-world engineering" as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Students get to: Learn from professional engineers, Build and compete with a robot of their own design , Learn and use sophisticated software and hardware, and Compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments."
Even before our students participate in the Robotics competition they get to hone their technical and inventive skills, from learning how to design and sketch, using various tools, proper shop safety techniques, reading circuit diagrams, building circuits, soldering, programming, and proposing their own projects that interest them, plus many more activities.
Another big facet of our robotics/engineering club is our goal for community outreach to raise awareness about STEM (Science, Technology, Mathematics, and Engineering) and demonstrate its accessibility to our neighboring primary schools and the community. Our club achieves this by having interactive demonstrations from our previous year’s robots. Everyone is encouraged to try their hand in controlling a Frisbee throwing robot, or piloting a mobile ice chest robot as well as check out what goes into building these machines.
Although our name sake is as a robotics club one can say that this clubs purpose isn’t really to build a robot but to do the following, inspire young minds, encourage students to reach their full potential, develop a student’s organizational, team work, critical thinking skills, and to bring out a student’s self-motivation, have them experience a passion and a dedication for not just themselves but for a team and the community that supports them. We just use the robot as a reason to bring us together.