Marion County FIRST Robotics TEAM 1051
Marion County FIRST Robotics Team 1051 (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an after-school program with emphasis on math and science. The culmination of this project is to build a robot to compete in regional FIRST event(s). All Marion County high school students are eligible to participate including public, private, on-line, and home-schooled students. Students work alongside practicing engineers and professionals in a time sensitive and highly technical competitive project. Marion County FIRST Robotics TEAM 1051 has successfully competed for the past sixteen years.
TEAM 1051 organizes mid-October for the upcoming competition season which normally begins the first Saturday of each January. Prior to the build window, students receive instruction in safety, hand and power tool usage, measurements, gear ratios, computer-aided drawing, and robot controller programing. The program allows students to be involved in a project that reflects all aspects of business. Students participate in planning, public relations, public speaking, robot design and construction, finance, logistics, and time management.
During the build portion of the project, January 6, 2018 - February 20, 2018, students meet a minimum of five times a week after school and weekends. Students normally attend a minimum of 100 hours during the build. Students are expected to participate in game strategy, design, construction, and programing. The team is registered to participate in the Palmetto Regional the first weekend of March, 2018.
A high percentage of former team members of TEAM 1051 have and are attending post-secondary institutions. Past members attending these institutions credit participation in FIRST Robotics as their deciding factor for attendance. Also, students participating in FIRST tend to pursue engineering or technical-oriented majors.