Sparky the Robot Stops By the Aware Office

This week a robotics team from the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) program introduced their robot “Sparky” to Aware.

The mission of the FIRST program is to engage students in programs that build science, engineering, technology and presentation skills. These skillsets help instill an innovative mindset while fostering self-confidence, communication and leadership techniques. In addition to creating a robot and competing in tournaments, FIRST teams must also participate in community outreach.

This week Aware was honored to have the award-winning Spark Team from the robotics program of St. Michael’s Catholic School in Prior Lake, MN, stop by to introduce their robot “Sparky” as part of their community outreach. The seventh graders shared the strategy and challenges behind creating various 3D parts for their robot using a 3D printer the school received through grants. As first year robotics students this team is already off to an amazing start by receiving 1 of 48 bids to compete at the state level and receiving the Motivate Award for good sportsmanship.

The team begins covering the strategic plan behind the development of “Sparky” the robot.

They demonstrate how components were made using a 3D printer.

The team talks about this year’s challenge (“Cascade Effect”), which you can learn more about here.

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