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Team Xbot

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Published on Jun 17, 2010

The goal of team xbot is to continue to enrich their students with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), who are underprivileged minority students, and give them an opportunity that they would not receive in a public school setting. Team xbot has demonstrated significant impact on the students who participate in the program and the surrounding community in which they live.

Team xbot is a robotics competition team with the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST visit www.usfirst.org) organization. Students are recruited from Franklin High School Seattle, WA and the Seattle's inner city south end public high schools. Students work together with professional engineers to design, build, and program a 120 pound 5 feet competition robot in six short weeks. The 3D animation team creates a safety animation entry and a regional entry based on the animation award theme. Marketing, fund raising and team management keeps the team in motion.

Many of our students come from homes where little to no English is spoken, making communication with parents about team activities and accomplishments challenging. The team works dilligently within these diverse communities to share its mission and demonstrate its success with business and community leaders.

Team xbot faces many challenges greater than building a robot or competing effectively on the playing field. Creating a sustainable program that serves underprivileged and minority youth from throughout Greater Seattle has required that we adopt unique strategies for demonstrating effectiveness and the value of the FIRST program.

The team is also committed to encouraging an appreciation for the unique diversity of its members. The team annually participates in parades and traditional festivals throughout Seattle, demonstrating to children in all these communities what potential they have to make positive changes for themselves, their families and the world around them. The Soulfest Parade through Seattle's Central District and the Chinatown Parade are among the teams' favorite events.

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