We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.”
Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,“ hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded 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. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.
FRC Team 4468
Team 4468 began in 2013 after working with the North Atlanta Warbotz Team 3694 for the 2011 season on their minbot. Because of our well established programs, which were as much as a decade old at the time, we earned our ticket to FIRST Championship with the Rookie All-Star Award at the Peachtree Regional.
Johnson STEM Activity Center
Dr. Lonnie Johnson’s latest development in the STEM education field is the Johnson STEM Activity Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing access and education to undeserved communities through STEM. The 10,000 square feet space at Johnson Research and Development that currently houses the JRD alliance of FIRST teams as well as DE Atlanta will grow into the ultimate STEM gym, with many tools and resources to support the activities planned for JSAC.
DE is a Georgia FIRST program designed to help improve the level of preparedness and competition among FIRST teams in Georgia by providing access to resources and practice fields. DE Atlanta houses one of the five full size FRC practice fields in Georgia, as well as fields for FTC and FLL competitions. The home teams of Johnson STEM Activity Center host scrimmages and support fellow teams throughout the season as they visit to use the field.