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 year there were 81 middle school students, who worked on project teams to build and program robots and present unique solutions for the 2018-19 FIRST LEGO League competition.  The teams won multiple awards at regionals, and three advanced to the state championships in Denver. At the high school level, 17 students acquired project management, CAD, mechanical engineering, and java coding skills to design, build and operate robots for competition. Both teams won multiple awards at regional and state competitions, and one advanced to the world competition in Houston, Texas.

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