Robotics is a hands-on, innovative and fun program designed to engage students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) while developing social/emotional skills for teamwork and collaboration. The focus is on getting students excited about acquiring skills that will help them in college and the workforce.
This past year, Aspen High School sent 3 teams to the FIRST Tech Challenge robotics state championship at Mountain Range High School in Denver. The top 31 Colorado teams competed and our AHS teams excelled. Robo Yetis placed 13th overall and the Backcountry team placed 15th overall and 2nd for the Collins Aerospace Innovate award. The Black Forest team placed 1st overall and qualified for the Worlds competition. This is the first time that an Aspen team has won an overall robotics competition at the state level. These experiences are life-changing for our students.
Robotics is also offered in the elementary and middle schools. Aspen Middle School students compete in the FIRST Lego League and was represented at states by two teams who advanced from the regional competition. Those two eighth grade teams placed in the top 20 in the state, and Black Forest 2.0 won the first place trophy for Inspiration and Gracious Professionalism. We are so proud of them.
Despite the challenges with Covid, our Robotics teams are progressing and preparing for this year’s rounds of competition. We are sure they will be very successful! Stay tuned…