The branch of science and technology concerned with the design, building, and use of engines, machines, and structures.
Definitions from Oxford Languages
The Oxford dictionary defines art as the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
The abstract science of number, quantity, and space. Mathematics may be studied in its own right ( pure mathematics ), or as it is applied to other disciplines such as physics and engineering ( applied mathematics).
The program’s goals are to provide students with a positive experience as member of a development team focused on using science, technology, Engineering, and mathematics to build a robot for FIRST competition. Building a robot from scratch challenges students to work together using STEAM skills as well as interpersonal skills, and it is expected that students learn to work together for the common good of the team.
STEAM Experience and Skills
Our team members gain valuable hands-on experience in things like electrical wiring and soldering, pneumatics, proper tool use and safety, parts fabrication, Computer Assisted Drafting & Design, 3D Printing, the use of machines like water jet cutters, CNC machines, and drill presses, coding and software, business and marketing, web design and graphic design, public speaking, leadership and more.
SWARM encourages self driven skills such as goal setting, and follow through; as well as learning to work and communicate with a wide variety of personalities. students who take advantage of the many skills needed to successfully design and build a robot will leave with invaluable knowledge, life skills, and so much more to aid them in the future.
How do we STEAM?
We joined the mechanical team because… we were interested in robotics. robots are cool; and we were interested in creating them using construction skills with our friends.
We joined the software team because… we like software because it can help me in the future. we enjoy programing and solving problems. many of us were in FLL when we were younger. we love robotics. robots are cool, and we wanted to learn to code them. we are good at it.
We joined the electrical team because…we wanted to learn about electricity and we wanted to build using technological thinking skills.
We joined the Media team because… "I recently joined photography."
"a friend on the team told me about robotics and I found it fascinating... he mentioned that they needed more media people and I thought " yeah I can do that. I'm good with photos and social media stuff.""