PHS ROBOTIC:Team 5126 EMP Electromagnetic Panthers

FIRST Robotics Competition is a STEM initiative to provide high school students real world application of Business, Engineering, Programming, and Electronics. FIRST is an acronym "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology" It is a a youth organization founded by Dean Kamen. This program takes the theoretically learning of the class room and makes students apply it by building a robot to accomplish a set of tasks in a game setting. The students are given the task on the first Saturday of the January, and then must build the robot in 6 weeks.


PHS team number is 5126 and is named EMP (Electromagnetic Panthers). The team was founded in the 2013-2014 school year. In 2015-2016, we saw our numbers rise from 12 students to over 30. We have made huge strides in recruiting female members by increasing our female numbers by over 4 times the amount from the first two years combined.


Part of FIRST robotics is showing gracious professionalism. Teams are encourage to work with other schools. The competition is the fun part of the program, but it is under the premise that we help the other teams and show high character at all times. The purpose of the program is to learn the skills necessary to succeed in Business, Technology, and Engineering. We are not here just to beat other teams. Our community is built on the concept of collaboration and networking among other teams.


For the 2016-2017 school year, we are looking to going to more than one regional competition. We plan to improve our T-shirt cannon that we use at school events. If we can increase our numbers, and have students improve their skills in the desired area the wish to pursue, we will consider our year a success. Our highest goal is to perform well enough at a regional to earn a spot to compete at the world competition.


In the past we have run fundraisers and found business partners to help pay for the cost of the program. This past year, Musselman & Hall Contracts, Edleman & Thompson, The law office of Jane Francis, Regal Plastic, Rosie B's Tax service, AFC Wealth Mangement, and other contributors have helped support us with monetary and material donations. While these donations help pay the cost of one regional we need more sponsors for a second competition.

Deadline: 5/1/2017

Contact Information
Name: Daniel Henson
Title: Main Instructor/Robotics Coach
School: Park Hill South High School
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Grant Information
Amount Requested: $18375
Budget Details: In order to provide our students the opportunity to compete, we have to pay a registration fee of $5,000 per regional. We would like to attend 2 regional events this year. One of these competition would be out of town, so we would have to raise money to pay for travel and lodging for the 3 day-long event. We are estimating that the total cost of the two events would be about $12,500.   To build the robot we need aluminum, motors, electronic components, and numerous other supplies. We have some parts that can be reused from year to year, but are still in needs of replacement parts for items that wear out or break over time. We also need to improve our supply of tools and tool storage. We need soldiering iron, portable air compressor, a heavy gauge wire crimper, battery tester, and many hand tools. We are allow to use up to $4,000 in parts on the robot and not limited on the amount for tools.
Discipline Area(s):
Industrial Technology
Grade Level(s) Impacted:

Funding: 51%

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