3473: Team Sprocket was created in 2011 and participates in the FIRST ® Robotics Competition (FRC) annually. FIRST inspires younger generations to pursue future careers in STEM fields by promoting innovation and professionalism through robotics competitions. Competing teams are given six weeks to design and build a robot from scratch based on the game challenge. Members of Team Sprocket acquire not only knowledge in the STEM fields but also important lifelong skills such as teamwork, leadership, and time management.
From constructing an entire program to independently running a nonprofit organization, each and every member obtains expertise to become a engineer and/or entrepreneur in the evolutionary 21st century.
3473: Team Sprocket’s mission is to create opportunities for members to go above and beyond conventional school education. To fulfill this mission, the team provides opportunities for members to explore different career paths ranging from various engineering to business fields. Members brainstorm and craft unique prototypes, attend informative and interactive workshops, and collaborate with professionals and peers who share similar interests. Our members apply and learn both engineering and business skills to successfully coordinate a team. During the experience, members proceed towards positive growth in their areas of interest as well as aid others in broadening their perspectives in future endeavors. In addition, Team Sprocket strives to meet the gold standard of “gracious professionalism” through dedication of time and effort to not only help fellow FRC teams but also inspire the community in the fields of STEM.
“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.” -Dean Kamen, Founder
Students who participate in FIRST competitions are not merely expected to be professional and innovative, but also well-rounded people with life skills including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. Students develop critical thinking and problem-solving capabilities when they are confronted with technical and financial obstacles. Therefore, an experience in a FIRST Robotics team and competition is viewed as valuable by many college scholarship programs. FIRST offers a variety of opportunities: from professional mentorship to scholarships.