The Hazel Park School District is implementing several STEAM instructional initiatives for the 2017-2018 school year. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.
One of our short term goals is to build a strong FIRST Robotics program. FIRST was started in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen. The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) programs aim to create passion for science and technology through robotics. The FIRST program encourages Gracious Professionalism, collaborative teamwork, and sportsmanship among teams even in the face of competition. Through FIRST, students build technical skills, and foster teamwork and leadership skills.
This year, we have launched a Rookie FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team at Hazel Park High School. Starting in January, FRC students, coaches, and mentors will work together over 6 weeks to design and construct a competitive robot to meet the season’s challenge.