FRC 4188, Columbus Space Program

From Columbus, GA, USA

Columbus Space Program is the initiative that covers FIRST Robotics team 4188, multiple FTC and FLL teams, Hardaway HS's Vex Team, as well as our fully developed DREAMS and other space programs.

Description

The Columbus Space Program isn't about just robots. We believe that robotics is the new space race. Like the space program was the inspiration to Generation X, robotics can be its equivalent to the next generation. CSP believes that robotics shouldn't be limited to kids who can do it after school. We believe that every student should get the opportunity to be part of the robotics generation. The first step is to raise awareness and to create opportunities and overcome intimidation. Our programs are created and developed to meet students where they are in the STEM cycle. For awareness, we go to demos where we share our programs with kids in the community and tell them how to find a team or start a team. We created the Tech It Out challenge to take awareness to the next level and to share the engineering process as well as to help overcome intimidation in the TEACHERS in town. Because we know that girls need support to become strong and courageous, we've begun the #BuildBraveGirls campaign and program. This program will highlight girls who are brave in our program and others, as well as offer opportunities to learn skills and increase confidence in girls through a Master Class camp. And, we're expanding to younger students by spotlighting brave girls and women and encouraging them to "fail boldly". In addition to regular local appearances and demos, the team visits our sponsors to learn more about their processes and to share our program with their employees. The DREAMS program and the NASA Educator Astronaut Teachers are regular collaborators, with our team sharing our processes and projects with both the NEAT teachers and other Teachers in Space programs. As a result, there are high-altitude balloon programs across America and even in Australia. We're even working with a group in Brazil and with team 254 to share ideas and technology best practices. The 2017 eclipse launch included collaboration with all of the previous organizations with which we've worked, as well as a new collaboration with the Georgia Governor's Honors Program. The Tech It Out challenge has resulted in tangible results beyond inspiration. After the 2016 Challenge, the Columbus went from 0 FLL teams to 20! Not only that, seventy percent returned for a second year in 2017. The Columbus Space Program had 12 FLL teams that we mentored in the 2016 - 2017 season, and with sponsor Charbroil, we are full sponsors of six Title I teams in 2017.



Links

Team Website The Blue Alliance Entry


Team Program(s)

Tech It Out

More Than Just a Field Trip

DREAMS

Doing Research at Extreme Altitudes by Motivated Students

5s

THE HIDDEN SECRET TO SUCCESS

Tech It Out

What a great opportunity for a field trip! Students and teachers from schools in Harris and Muscogee County and Fort Benning are invited to attend the Columbus event. But it's more than a field trip.
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DREAMS

The focus of the DREAMS program is science and engineering with an emphasis on educational experiences. But... everyone loves the pictures!
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5s

5S was implemented within CSP in 2016, with the purpose of providing a safer work environment for our students and mentors. We were inspired by sponsor ONEDA and decided to full out.
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