Robotics is a hands-on, innovative and fun program designed to engage students in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) while developing the social and emotional skills needed for teamwork and collaboration. The focus is on getting students excited about acquiring skills that will help them in college and the workforce. 

In the last five years, our robotics teams have achieved so many accolades. Aspen High School sent 3 teams to the FIRST Tech Challenge robotics state championship at Mountain Range High School in Denver. Aspen Middle School had four teams advance to the First Lego League State Championships. The Black Forest team at AHS placed 1st overall in state competitions 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.

We are thrilled to support this program in our schools, not just for the awards that some teams go on to win, but for the important life skills that are developed in students throughout a season of intense collaboration: teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, leadership, and resilience.

Years of robotics education in the school district
# students in robotics or exploratory classes
Average # hours logged per high school robotics team member this year


At AEF, we want to ensure that this program never gets cut from the school budget. We NEED your help. For the last seven years, we have supported the growing FIRST Robotics programs now available in all schools. Whether you are passionate about innovation, engineering or engaging girls in STEM, PARTNER with us as we raise up future science and technology leaders. Give to our endowment – if we reach $750,000, we will be able to provide robotics to all future generations!


“Students become builders, engineers and problem solvers while learning programming skills and fostering creativity. They struggle through conflicts, deal with failure, learn about problems in the community, and then take part in a public exhibition. I have had students tell me it was the most significant experience in middle school, and many have gone on to engineering and other STEM programs because they realized their passion for the subject.”

Caroline Hanson, Aspen Middle School Enrichment Coordinator and STEM Teacher

“It’s not just about learning to engineer and program. There are so many life skills that go into this. We all get attached to our own ideas for the robot. When there are disagreements, we have learned to reflect and remember that we are working together for a common goal.”

Tatum Johnson, AHS student


The needs of the robotics program include:

  • More material and parts to build and repair robots
  • Travel and registration fees for tournaments
  • Additional staff to support program growth