Team 4509, the "Mechanical Bulls", is a FIRST Robotics team based at Lanier High School in Sugar Hill, GA. We have some roots and connections to Team 1771 from North Gwinnett, and hope to collaborate with them, as well as other GCPS teams.
What is first?
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, FIRST, created a FIRST Robotics Competition program, which is the ultimate robotics competition, the "superbowl of the mind", for high school. FIRST is all about "Inspiration" and learning. Winning competitions is cool, but learning and loving engineering is even cooler. And there's $50 million in scholarships!!
The mission of the Lanier Robotics team is to positively influence our community through the applications of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). We hope to accomplish this by supporting our cluster of schools beginning at the Elementary school level, through the middle school level, and all the way up to the high school. We volunteer our time helping young kids apply technology and computational thinking to LEGOs at the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) hosted at the high school. We also collaborate with the middle school's TWIST program. We also show support for our women interested in STEM careers by creating clubs such as Women Programming Code (WPC). In addition, we will be hosting camps during the fall at our high school to show kids that technology and engineering can be cool. At Lanier, we hope to create an environment that focuses on the newcomer, and to develop a community feel.
Our primary mentors for the team will be Mike Reilly, John Becker, and Brad Malta, but we are a foremost student-run team because we believe the most important skills to be learned by high schoolers include leadership and responsibility.