Who are the SOTABots?
The SOTABots are a Washington robotics team combining nontraditional High School students from Tacoma School of the Arts (SOTA) and Tacoma Science and Math Institute (SAMi). Every year, we have six weeks to design and build a robot. We are not given a kit, just the game manual, a size and weight requirement. We must review the game manual and determine the best way to play the game, score points and work well with other bots that will vary in capabilities. Robotics is a great way for students to get involved in their community and learn business skills that they can later apply to real life situations. To get involved with our community we serve meals to families of patients at Mary Bridge and bring one of our smaller robots into Mary Bridge for the children to play with. Each student involved in FIRST Robotics will learn and build teamwork skills, how to work under pressure, goal setting, problem solving and how to run an efficient and successful business.
What is FIRST?
FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a program founded by Dean Kamen to inspire students to be leaders in science and technology, innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership in students as well as build science, engineering, technology and problem solving skills. To learn more about the FIRST organization, click here.
The SOTABot’s mission is to create and sustain a cohesive student-led team that encourages gracious professionalism and values individual diversity and collaboration. Team members learn problem solving skills as they design and construct a high-performing robot to compete with other teams from around the world. Members also promote an appreciation of STEM careers and service to others through volunteer work in the broader community.