WE ARE APEX ROBOTICS
"Pursuing the Peak of Excellence" is more than just a motto. 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. Apex Robotics, based in Seatac, Washington, inspires young people to be 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 and asked her sister to start a team. Her sister, Stephanie Morrison, along with her husband and friends, brought FIRST Robotics to our school. Building out of a biology classroom, Apex Robotics had a very successful rookie season and strives to continue spreading STEM education and competing in the FIRST Competition.
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
invisioned 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 robot is bagged 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.