Are you interested in starting a robotics program?

SMART (Team #3930) is here to help you start a high school FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team or a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Team for ages 9-14.

Our FRC students and mentors offer guidance and help,as well as school and community robot demonstrations. Our team can train your newly formed FRC team in the fall of the year for the upcoming season. We offer both VEX and FRC training at our school in the fall at no cost to you. We will guide you through the process of building a robot, but more importantly how to setup and run a successful FRC program in your school. We can assist with team management; grant writing, and fundraising solutions.  We also offer online conferencing for schools at great distances and can help any size school get started, but we are very adept at supporting small rural schools like us. Any school can and should have an FRC Team! We also have experience supporting beginning FLL teams in elementary and middle schools. Our LEGO League summer day camp is available to students for very little cost for students who can travel to our school.

Program Options:

FIRST LEGO League (FLL): Start up costs about $500. LEGO League introduces 9-14 year old students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface.  Students get to design, build, test, and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® kits. They apply real-world math and science concepts and research challenges facing today’s scientists. Finally, they learn critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills, as well as participate in tournaments and celebrations.

FIRST Robotic Competition (FRC): FRC is “a varsity sport for the mind,” FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. Under strict rules, with limited time and resources, teams of 40 or more students raise funds, design a team “brand,” and hone teamwork skills to build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each team builds a 24” by 36” robot, which can stand as tall as 88” and weigh 150 pounds, then competes on fields that are the size of a gym floor.

The VEX Robotics: Start up cost Less than $1000. The VEX robotics system offers students an exciting platform for learning about areas rich with career opportunities spanning science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). These are just a few of the many fields students can explore by creating with VEX Robotics technology. Beyond science and engineering principles, a VEX Robotics project encourages teamwork, leadership and problem solving among groups.

So how can we help you?

 Spruce Mountain Area Robotic Teams (SMART)

33 Community Drive

Jay, Maine 04239

Dan Lemieux Lead FRC Mentor 207-215-7404 dlemieux@rsu73.org

Rob Taylor Lead FLL Mentor / Associate FRC Mentor

207-491-1137 rtaylor@rsu73.org

SMART Web page: http://www.SMART3930.com