quod aedificationem ex nihilo building something out of nothing...
The League of Extraordinary Roboticists (The League) evolved as a result of an exclusion policy by our local high school robotics team which precludes students from joining their robotics team until their junior or senior year. Some of us were members of a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics team and were aging out of the program. We did not want to stop participating in robotics for two years. So we approached Coach Bell and after she verified the policy....The League was born....
Aut inveniam viam aut faciam I shall either find a way or make one...
MORE ABOUT OUT MISSION STATEMENT
Diversity and Inclusion- "It has been said, when describing what Diversity and Inclusion means, 'Diversity is like having a party with a diverse group of people and inclusion is when they all dance together.'"
Our TRUE Stories:
"What do you mean you're on a robotics team, ...you're anti-stereotypical, blacks don't build robots, we play basketball and football..." (statement made by one African-American kid to an African-American team member)
uhh really not true! #Robotics is for everyone!
"Girls can't build robots!": (Statement made at different times and in different locations)
We know they can! #Robotics is for everyone!
Disability or Different Abilities: We realize the value of different perspectives and abilities..."there are many labels for people who have mental, physical, learning and emotional challenges but all too often they are negative or tend to give the impression that a person's condition is something to keep quiet about. To be labeled with such words as 'limited' or to be thought of as less capable than others ..." can be discouraging because often times it has a negative connotation. We have had and continue to have members on our team who have different abilities .
Observations: We have observed through the interactions of our FLL JR boys and girls teams, how the perceptions are different when kids are building together at a young age versus when they have not. As a result of these experiences and observations, part of our focus, as mentioned in our mission statement is to encourage participation while kids are young, then robotics becomes a normal part of life, this, hopefully will lead us to a future where perceptions are changed and those statements no longer exist such that diversity and inclusion ideas are embraced and become the norm.
Our participation in FIRST, allows team members and others to realize that FIRST is "More than Robots" it's the tool we use to create more interests in STEAM programs and fulfill our mission statement to change people's perception about who and what types of people can participate in robotics and other areas of STEAM. This is evidenced by our community service and outreach programs, our awareness campaigns, our mentorships and partnerships with other like minded individuals and organizations that are committed to exposing as may kids to robotics as possible, with a focus on encouraging young kids and underrepresented groups like girls, minorities and differently abled individuals to join.
We want to create an environment where all voices are heard and the unique talents of each person are put to use, only then will we truly be successful. Hence our commitment to monthly community outreach events, where we try to demonstrate how technology and robotics is useful, fun and cool.
--after all we're using game controllers and cell phones to program and control a robot we designed and created...
2016-2017 Season"Velocity Vortex" World Festival, St. Louis, MOApril 25 - 30th, 2017
CT FTC Battle at the Beach State Championships, Westport, CT2/18/17
ASD Determined Tigers Qualifier 2/4/17 2nd Place Winner, Inspire Award CT Mountain Matchup Qualifier 12/4/16 First Selection, Semi-Final Alliance Winner, Connect Award
2015-2016 Season"Res-Q" CT FTC Battle at the Beach State Championships, Westport, CT 3/18/16 First Selection, Semi-Final Alliance Winner, Motivate Award Finalist, Rockwell Collins Innovate Award CT Mountain Matchup Qualifier, Ridgefield CT 11/21/15 Finalist, Control Award
2014-2015 Season"Cascade Effect" CT FTC Battle at the Beach State Championships, Westport, CT 3/7/16 First Selection, Final Alliance Gator Bowl Qualier, Greenwich CT 2/21/15 Captain, Semi-Final Alliance Finalist, Connect Award
LC Shakedown, Loomis, CT 2/7/15 Winner, Control Award