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August 22, 2014

Robotics team needs volunteers

The Scorpions Robotics team named their robot, Scoop Da Whoop. Anyone interested in becoming a coach, mentor or sponsor should attend a meeting 3:30-4:15 p.m., Aug. 21 in the OPS Conference Room, Bldg. 1642.

Last year, the Desert High School Scorpion Robotics team was launched and the team competed in the FIRST Tech Challenge, a worldwide competition for middle school and high school students.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an organization dedicated to providing students the opportunity to work together toward a common goal while learning professionalism, engineering, and business.

This is accomplished in a competition format where student teams design and build a robot over the course of the school year and compete against other schools across America, and all over the world. In its inaugural year, the Desert High Scorpion Robotics team advanced through the L.A. Regional Tournament and earned a spot at the Western United States Super Regional Championship Tournament, placing in the top eight percent for U.S. teams.

These students are amazing individuals, but even so, much of that success would not have been possible without the support of volunteer coaches and mentors. We are in need of volunteers to help the students learn technical skills in math, science, engineering, business, marketing, graphic design, and manufacturing. Students also learn life skills like teamwork, goal setting and time management.

If you are interested in being a coach, mentor or sponsor of the team, an informational meeting will be held 3:30-4:15 p.m., Aug. 21 in the OPS Conference Room in Bldg. 1642, 416th Flight Test Squadron. Call Capt. Jake Debevec at 661-277-2673. If you are interested, but unable to attend, you can contact Andrew Whitten at andrew.whitten@us.af.mil.




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