The mission of the Walton Robotics Team is to help students develop personal and professional skills, inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and promote STEM as fun, rewarding, and a pathway to a brighter future.

 

Walton Robotics has been spreading STEM since 2009.  We are a high school robotics team from Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia. We love to talk STEM with our classmates, community, and the world.

Our team has created a five-year plan, comprised of five broad goals, and within each of these is a subset of goals. To achieve our major goals, we must first accomplish all of the sub goals within that major goal. The major goals and sub goals are listed below:

1. Intergrating STEM into pop culture

  • Have STEM topics featured on radio and television
  • Have FIRST tournaments televised
  • Have our mascot, Walt, featured on a Coke can and/or appear in a commercial
  • Get FIRST the same amount of recognition as Major League Sports
  • Have our T-shirt Cannon/Soccer Bot featured at a major sporting event

2. Expanding DE(Destination Einstein)

  • Replicate worldwide
  • Obtain a permanent build space and permanent funding
  • Prepare and distribute a DE operations manual
  • Support sustainable growth of FIRST teams
  • Grow in number of DE sites (we have gone from 1 to 4)
  • Grow in number of teams that participate (we have grown from hosting 8 to hosting 60 teams at DE)

3. Enhancing STEM education in underserved areas

  • Support sustainable growth of FIRST teams in underserved areas
  • Camps(Brazil)
  • Products: Walt STEM toolbox

4. Promoting the FIRST mission via the Walton Brand

  • Have a comprehensive and cost-effective communications plan
  • Have Walt become a widely recognized character worldwide
  • Host a STEM academy
  • Host more events at Walton High School (We have hosted an offseason competition, GRITS, along with multiple FLL Tournaments)

5. Becoming a recognized leader in all aspects of FIRST

  • Play on Einstein Field at World Championships
  • Develop CAD models of our robot parts that others can use
  • Go to World Championships every year
  • Present another seminar at Worlds (We have already presented Walt’s STEM Toolbox)
  • Win Chairman’s at Worlds
  • Present a seminar at a relevant national conference
  • Support GeorgiaFIRST efforts to get permanent funding for robotics programs and coaches
  • Continue to earn awards at competitions
  • Create a comprehensive business plan for the team each year
  • Continue to assist other teams

We welcome your feedback and suggestions. Use our Contact Us page to tell us what we’re doing right or what we can improve on.