Team 3932 the Dirty Mechanics, of Boca Raton, FL, are a pretty class act with some pretty cool projects underway, including spearheading a petition in the service of Dean’s Homework, to support the Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act benefitting FIRST.
The Dirty Mechanics, from Boca Raton, Florida are a community team organized as the Boca Raton 4-H Science and Technology Club. In our 6th year of competition, we have grown from one school to six high schools and home schools with 42 team members, tripling in size and more than doubling girls on our team. Our mentors inspire teens to use what they have learned in school STEM classes to the real world nuts and bolts of building competitive robots!
Team 3932 demonstrates robots at community events to help raise awareness as well as to recruit members, volunteers at FIRST LEGO League events and mentors FIRST LEGO League teams, and is working to expand FIRST to Africa and The Bahamas. Our local community service project is Boca Helping Hands, a food bank and charity where we volunteer to collect and distribute food.
We have reached over 110,000 with the FIRST message by marching and demonstrating our robots in the Boca Raton Holiday parade to the delight of the crowds, winning 3rd place in 2013 and having four robots 2016. We have also demonstrated robots and presented the FIRST message to over 4000+ at local school, community, FLL, sponsor, and 4-H events.
One of our sponsors, St. Andrews School, has been inspired to build a robotics program as part of their Vision2020 strategic plan and built experiential learning classrooms. With the help of our sponsor Citrix Systems, we started and provided two FLL kits for two FLL teams at the YIST School in Agogo, Ghana. Using Citrix “GoToMeeting” videoconferencing, we mentored Ghana students in real time to build a running Lego robot. Through another mentor, we are inspiring a school in the Bahamas to start a FRC team next year! 3932 is working to produce a series of Bumper tutorial videos to assist FRC teams and has set up a petition for the Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act to support FIRST.
In our few short years, we were on the winning alliance at the 2016 & 2014 South Florida Regionals and participated in the Archimedes Division (2016) and Curie Division ( 2014) Championships, won Florida State 2014 Outstanding FRC Supporter Award, two Judges Awards, Daily Safety Awards, and Highest Rookie Seed and Rookie Inspiration Award.
97% of our alumni have gone on to higher education, 90% are enrolled in STEAM fields and have received over $570,000+ in FIRST, 4-H, Rotary scholarships and grants.
We’re going to repeat the Dirty Mechanics metrics here: “97% of our alumni have gone on to higher education, 90% are enrolled in STEAM fields and have received over $570,000+ in FIRST, 4-H, Rotary scholarships and grants.”
FIRST is #morethanrobots. It’s #thefuture. Come see the Dirty Mechanics in action at the 19th Annual Orlando Regional, and look for their table on the 2nd floor of the CFE Arena, in the exhibition hall, to sign the petition supporting the Christa McAuliffe Commemorative Coin Act. Do it! (Did we mention the Petition? It’s HERE.)