4-H Ocosta Wild Robotocats

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What we represent:                            

Our mission is to produce a positive foundation encouraging teamwork, self-confidence, and ingenuity through mentorship; incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

The 4-H Ocosta Wild Robotocats combine the positive learning foundation of 4-H, with the goals of FIRST, to teach and inspire youth in becoming science and technology leaders.

As a 4-H club, we create a positive environment by focusing on the strengths of youth and providing positive ways for youth to meet their four basic needs; belonging, mastery, independence, and generosity. The mission of 4-H is to empower youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.  The vision is a world in which youth and adults learn, grow and work together as catalysts for positive change.

We incorporate STEM into our organization by participating in the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). In FRC’s words; “The varsity Sport for the Mind™” FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, limited resources, and time limits, teams of . . .  students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors.  It’s as close to "real-world engineering" as a student can get. 

 

 Through the program, students are able to:

  • Design, build, and compete with a robot.
  • Further their education outside of the typical classroom setting, with freedom to explore areas that interest them.
  • Explore career paths in fields like: engineering, computer programming, business management, and more.
  • Participate in leadership and teamwork opportunities
  • Qualify for over $25 million in scholarship opportunities

 

Team Statistics:

  • Students take leadership roles within the organization; voting for their own board members, they work with mentors in making decisions that determine the team’s goals and operation.
  • Students have logged over 3600 in the past year. They are extremely dedicated, working to grow the team and spread the vision of FIRST and 4-H.
  • Mentors and other volunteers logged over 1500 hours in the past year plus an estimated 3500 unlogged hours. Working closely with the youth, they help to inspire each student to reach their full potential.

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