SPORK

Students Providing Outreach in Robotic Kinship

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Team SPORK strives to support FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and involve high school students in their communities. The team creates these opportunities for students to explore science and technology through annual robotics competitions.


Structure

Team SPORK is operated like a small business, and is comprised of different divisions specializing in diverse areas.

The Engineering divisions include Mechanical, Electrical, Programming, Design & Build. The Operations divisions include Media, which creates promotional items, handles the social media, writes press releases and programs/maintains our website; Finance, which raises funds; Public Relations/Outreach, which spreads FIRSTs message of Gracious Professionalism; and Documentation, which documents the teams efforts.

Team SPORK requires its members to join one Engineering and one Operations division each year so members experience the many sides of the robotics team. As a well-rounded team, SPORK’s multi-faceted members give back to the community by organizing demonstrations of the team’s robot at local school events that develop the interest in science and technology in young minds by showing them its innovations.

To learn more about how our team is structured, please visit our Team Structure page.

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SPORK leadership thanking our sponsors

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Team SPORK shooting T-shirts T-Shirt Cannon at a Pine Lake Football game
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Team SPORK volunteering with E2D to give away hundreds of computers

Outreach

Outreach is a vital part of our team. We often host or attend events that endorse the FIRST message of Gracious Professionalism. Along with that we promote the idea of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). The both of these encourage students to pursue fields in those areas.  Some of our most recent events have been our volunteering with Ada Jenkins, an after school aid program that both tutors and watches children for those who need it, and also we recently attended the  on February 3rd.  These are just a few of an enormous amount of events we participate in annually.  In the case that you would like to hear a little more about our Outreach program feel free to visit our Outreach page here to get a better idea of what we do.

History

Founded in 2009, Team SPORK saw great success in our rookie year. With our robot, Bubbles, we were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend the FRC World Championship in Atlanta, G.A. Since our debut, our team has participated in six other FRC challenges varying from FIRST Ultimate Ascent to the most recent game, FIRST STEAMworks.

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Bubbles, Rookie Year of 2010

Sponsors

Team SPORK is a non-profit organization that depends on the support of its community. We are grateful to our many Sponsors who generously invest into the future of all of our students. Without them we wouldn’t even be able to host a website, or even come close to affording a robot