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Robot Unicorns

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology

Wheeler Robotics is competing in the FIRST® Robotics Competition for our third year. FIRST®, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is a nonprofit public charity. Its innovative programs focus on motivating young people to pursue educational and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

As students at the Wheeler School in Providence, RI, we spend six weeks in January and February constructing and programming a robot that will be able to play this year’s game, Ultimate Ascent. We'll have the chance to earn our wings at the Boston Regional competition in March, and may earn a spot at this year's Championship event in St. Louis, MO, at the end of April.

We’ve had our ups and downs in the past three years, making great partnerships with other local teams and Brown University, right next door. This year we were able to use CAD while designing our robot, thanks to the software donated by Solid Works. Rainbow Dash can score in the low goal, climb to the first level, and look good while doing it.

Our FIRST history features a Rookie All-Star win at WPI in 2011 and the Imagery Award in Boston last year. Our own Oliver Graff, now a senior, was a Dean’s List Finalist in 2012. Wheeler Robotics alumni are currently studying engineering at Brown, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, and Purdue. We plan to send even more graduates to great schools in 2013!

As a primarily student-run team, we have a business plan with projections for two years. Thanks to a NASA Sustaining Grant, we have plans to connect with local sponsors and keep our team together for the future.