On November 14th the Avon High School Robotics Team (the ÜberBots) received a generous donation from the Valley Collector Car Club. The VCCC first met with the team during the Annual TCBY Summer Fun Day that took place last summer. Interested and impressed with the students of the Robotics Team, the Valley Collector Car Club generously decided that they would sponsor the ÜberBots. The VCCC donations from their mid-July Car Show go out to various Charitable Groups that support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics just like the local robotics team. In addition to donating to STEM focused programs, the Valley Collector Car Club donates to many different charitable groups with various causes.
On the evening of November 14th, Bill Longstreet and Peter Rocco of the VCCC met with the students and their adult mentors to learn more about the team and to see a few demonstrations with some robots from earlier years. The team showed a video about 2013's robot (Cyclone) and a presentation explaining what FIRST is all about.
FIRST Robotics Competition is one of four programs meant to educate students from Grades K-12. FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.” The program started in 1989 and has spread worldwide with more and more teams joining the cause.
After answering a couple questions, the drive team showed off robots from the last two years -- Asteroid and Cyclone. The men were quite impressed by the ingenuity and complexity of design forged from merely the designs of high school students. After enjoying some refreshments, chatting with team members, and taking more than a few pictures, the team said goodnight to their new sponsors, and invited them to come and see the newest robot towards the end of the upcoming build season.