The Hope High School First Robotics Team 6186 captured third place in the recent Riceland Robotics Competition, and is seeking patrons to help supply the team for the First Robotics Competition in Little Rock in March.
Coached by HHS teacher Mark Reed, the robotics team takes the Hope district’s sciences and technology programs into applicable fields in engineering, computer science, medicine, design and military careers as future opportunities for team members.
“The majority of our team members are in the ninth and tenth grades, and only one student had ever built a robot before this year,” Reed said. “Despite their lack of experience, these students advocated for a chance to build and compete in the field of robotics.”
The 13 team members plan to compete in Little Rock in March, but are concentrating upon taking their competitive design and application skills to a new level. But, to accomplish that, Reed said the team needs to raise some funding.
“In order to be successful, we are looking to raise funds through private donations and acquire specialized skills required to build larger and more sophisticated robots,” he said. “Our budget is very limited, and we have applied for $4,000 in grants related to First Robotics.”
Monetary donations may be tax deductible, Reed said. But, the team welcomes donations of volunteer expertise, as well, he pointed out.
“Additionally, we are hoping to find supporters that can help provide experience in the fields of hydraulics, pneumatics, and precision metal working,” Reed said. “Any donation of money, time or expertise would go a long way in preparing us for competition, and helping us build skills we need for future careers.”
Reed said the HHS team is the first such team in Southwest Arkansas.
“Our current team represents what we hope the rest of our school can achieve in science, technology, engineering and math if they are only given the chance to compete at the same level of other schools,” he said.
Team members include Tristan Martin, Benjamin Knight, Gervon Pennington, Hannah McCorkel, Ernesto Delarosa, Laith Zimmer, Johnny Luna, Dalton Hulett, Madison Powell, Daniel Dyer, Katlyn Harbin, Shawn Chism, and coaches Mark Reed and Tine Nicholson.