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Friday, July 19, 2024 at 5:20 PM

CCHS Students and their Junk Bot Receive Funds for Robotics Competition

CCHS Students and their Junk Bot Receive Funds for  Robotics Competition
Left to right: Tony Aja, Eli Burnett, Kalel Burnett, Derek Lattin, Steven Pine, Sesario Lopez, Nicholas Edie, and Isaiah Dart. Photo by CCHS Student, Emily Tenney.

Churchill County High School has announced that the Argosy Foundation has chosen to support a select few FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams from FIRST Nevada this season, including CCHS. 

The Argosy Foundation is a private family foundation that helps address needs less likely or unable to be met by government or public entities. Some of the organizations they have supported in addition to FIRST include the American Indian College Fund, BU Technology Innovation Scholars Fund, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and various farms, education, and humanities groups. Argosy states they have “taken an active role in stimulating a large and already successful component of FIRST – the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) – and helping it leverage new support.” Fortunately for CCHS robotics students, they are receiving some of that support.

The FIRST Robotics Competition combines the excitement of sports with the demanding challenges of science and technology for participating students. They must adhere to strict rules throughout the competition, work with limited resources, and manage time constraints. Teams comprised of 25 students are tasked with designing a team brand, applying advanced teamwork skills, and constructing and programming a robot capable of completing assigned tasks against top competitors. Additionally, they must raise funds for their projects. The competition aims to allow students to work in an environment that closely resembles the real world of engineering. Professional mentors generously volunteer their time and expertise to guide each team. 

Churchill County High School, the robotics class, and their creation, "The Junk Bot," will receive unrestricted funding for the season. This funding will assist in covering competition expenses and travel costs. Stephanie Kille-Reese, the CCHS Robotics FRC team advisor, expressed her satisfaction with the funding. The Argosy Foundation will soon disclose the specific funding amount and the subsequent steps. Other high school teams benefiting from FIRST funding include Galena, Elko, and Lincoln County. The FIRST regional competition is scheduled in Las Vegas in March. 

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) reports that students who engage in their program exhibit increased interest in their academic performance, enroll in higher-level courses, and pursue higher education. Its data indicates that 75% of FIRST alums become students or professionals in STEAM-related fields. FIRST was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen; for more information, check out www.firstinspires.org.