The Greenwood Robotics program is a chance for students from the Greenwood Gear-LogoSchool Corporation to transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.

Many students from the Greenwood Community School Corporation attended the 1st Annual Community Career and Education Forum for students at Endress+Hauser.  After attending the forum, several Greenwood students and administrators were eager to establish a program that would allow Greenwood students to compete in in an event that combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology.  Led by Mr. Campbell from GMS, several mentors from Greenwood volunteered to spear head the Greenwood FIRST Tech Challenge program (The Green MACHINE!).  Students from grades 7-12 can attend practices. Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based program that teach science, engineering, and technology skills.   We hope to inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.  In short, The Green MACHINE! is growing good people, by manufacturing robots!

1 “Everyone seems to know that one needs a solid background in mathematics and the physical sciences in order to be an engineer. Professional engineers draw upon this knowledge every day in their professional life as they set out to design, create, invent, innovate and solve problems. Yet, there is an important piece of what could be considered “pre-engineering” missing from the public’s consciousness, and that is to have students that aspire to be engineers study technology during their K-12 education.”FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) has set out to change this!

FIRST Tech Challenge!

Guided by adult mentors and their own imaginations, students solve real-world engineering challenges, develop important life skills, and learn to make positive contributions to society.  Students also learn to business plan, advertise, and reach out to the community in FTC Robotics. During a FIRST Tech Challenge tournament, students will use a LEGO MINDSTORMS® Invention system as well as a Pitsco Tetrix kit to demonstrate 21st Century Learning Skills such as: Life and Career Skills, Learning and Innovation Skills, and Information, Media and Technology Skills.  They do this while displaying “Gracious Professionalism TM.”

If you would like more information on the Green MACHINE please contact us.  If you would like to consider sponsoring our team, please visit our sponsor page.  If you would like to join the team visit the join page.

 


  1. Janosz, David.  “Engineers of the Future.” http://www.nj.com/opinion/times/editorials/index.ssf?/base/news-0/117267870262890.xml&coll=5. 2010 New Jersey On-Line LLC., 28 February 2007. Web. 2 September 2010