What is FIRST?
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international organization founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen. FIRST aims to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that teach well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
Team 470 envisions a world where young men and women will be successful in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and manufacturing.
Who are we?
Alpha Omega Robotics Team 470 was born in 1999. Our first FRC competition was in 2000. We are a team of students, parents, engineers, and community volunteers based at Ypsilanti Community High School in Ypsilanti, Michigan, who are all people that believe in the FIRST message. Our students come from New Tech High School, ECA, and other Ypsilanti High School Learning Communities. Our team aims to educate our school, our community, and the world around us about the value of science, technology, engineering math,and manufacturing. So we educate our students with real world skills they will be needing not only for the team but also in the future.
Ypsilanti Community Robotics
After the consolidation of the Ypsilanti and Willow Run school districts in 2013, both FIRST teams, 66, The Flyers and 470, Alpha Omega Robotics, felt that it would be best if we did not combine the teams, but remain two separate teams. After much debate about how this could be done, the mentors of both teams came up with the idea of Ypsilanti Community Robotics, named after the new school district. This is an umbrella organization for the two FRC teams and any FTC or FLL teams that will be started in the Ypsilanti Community Schools district.
Ypsilanti New Tech
Ypsilanti New Tech is a small learning community that pushes their students to use 21st century learning skills to solve problems and then apply those skills to real world situations. At New Tech two subjects are integrated into one class, complimenting each other and providing deeper learning. An example would be the mix of English and History; different subjects but alike in many ways. By doing this students are provided with new techniques that will help them in the future, for example, collaboration, oral communication, work ethic and more. To top that off, here it is the custom to have each student take a leadership role at some point in their high school career so they learn what it is like to lead a team. Ypsilanti New Tech's innovative way of teaching is a part of the growing culture, changing the way students learn. A better future is on the way.