Pursuing the Peak of Excellence.
We are Apex Robotics.
"Pursuing the Peak of Excellence" is more than just a motto. It's a call to action. It's a battle-cry. It's the passion that lives inside of every one of Apex's members. Apex Robotics' mission is to provide all students an avenue to explore and refine their God-given talents and passions in engineering through a highly competitive robotics model. We seek to inspire young people to become science and technology leaders through exciting mentor based programs that build skills and inspire innovation while fostering well rounded life capabilities including self confidence and leadership.
Apex Robotics was founded in 2015 by a student who sensed the interest in STEM at Seattle Chrisitan in SeaTac, Washington and asked her sister to start a team. Her sister, Stephanie Morrison, along with her husband and friends, brought FIRST Robotics to our region. Building out of a biology classroom, we have become increasingly involved in the FRC community as we strive to live out our mission statement to the best of our ability.
Our first season in 2016 was rough, but it taught us a lot about what involvement in a competition as intense as FIRST entails. As we grown and developed, our student and mentor base has expanded, and with it our scope of influence. Through events like Peak Performance, founded in 2016, and by cooperation with other local teams, we have helped move STEM education in our community forward in a big way.
FIRST Robotics stands for "For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology." FIRST started in 1989 when Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway as well as many other technologies, saw a lack of science and technology in popular culture. He envisioned a world where sports were not limited to physical activity, but also included creativity. Inspired, Kamen started the U.S. FIRST program. In 1992, the program held its first season. Students were tasked with building a robot to compete in that year's game.
These early games varied quite a bit, but after 25 years the competition has firmer ground rules. In January, the game is released, and students have 6 weeks to design and build a robot to compete. After that time the team is no longer allowed to work on the robot, and the next eight weeks are competitions. The program starts at the local level and slowly builds up to two World Championships in April.
FIRST is a program that not only inspires students to be involved with STEM but also teaches valuable skills, like teamwork and confidence. To learn more about FIRST, click the button to the right or go to www.firstinspires.com.
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