I recently had occasion to describe the Escanaba High School FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team, the RoboMos, in a few short sentences. It came out something like this: "It's an awesome, exciting idea started by the man who invented the Segway - Let's make science and technology interesting and exciting to youth. How to do that? Let's turn it into a sport."
Team RoboMos is indeed the embodiment of what's been billed as both a "Sport of the Mind" and "Intellectual Athletics." As RoboMos and Bot Boosters enter a fund-raising and recognition-giving busy post-season, we bid goodbye to competition - but what a season it was.
As I first composed this congratulatory letter, my voice was hoarse from shouting from the stands, "Go RoboMos." The RoboMos thunderously advanced to the prestigious semi-finals at the FIRST Robotics District Competition at Niles, Mich. March 22-24. Two weeks prior, the team made it to final elimination rounds in Traverse City.
As a parent mentor, I am in awe of the hard work, creativity, innovation and team spirit displayed by over 30 youth - from 8th graders to seniors - not to mention the team's adult mentors, engineer volunteers, sponsors, teacher/coach Marie Young, parents and other mentors. (To learn more about the RoboMos and view basketball-shooting robot action go to www.wix.com/eskystudentcouncil/robomos#!).
The Escanaba High School and Engineered Machined Products sponsored Team RoboMos this season. However, the team doesn't yet have the same backing, of say, varsity football. On this note, it is vital to thank the RoboMos' sponsors, and also importantly, media outlets, for giving this growing sport important community exposure.
The work continues post-season. And the Escanaba High School FIRST Robotics Team will head into its third season of action soon. A new sport will be chosen and a new 'Bot built. But the need for money/sponsorship and volunteers continues all year long. To learn about current fund-raising events, ongoing sponsorship or other Team RoboMos opportunities, call Marie Young at 906-280-3341 or Lynn Johnson at 906-399-9242.
Lynn T. Johnson