Welcome to Greendale Community Robotics!
STEM is for everyone! Greendale Robotics is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing STEM education and opportunities to students and families in our community through workshops, classes, camps, and supporting competitive robotics teams.
Greendale Robotics started with a group of six Greendale High School Students and a student from United Community Center's Middle School on a mission to spread STEM education and offer STEM activities to their community. They had worked together as a robotics team, and wanted to focus their efforts around that core. They have since offered STEM classes and workshops to hundreds of students in the greater Milwaukee area, formed a second robotics team, and shared STEM activities at dozens of local and city wide events--including at Milwaukee Bucks games, Polish Fest, community celebrations, and more.
They're excited to continue their tradition of success, but even more excited to open students' eyes to how fun and enriching Science, Technology, Engineering and Math can be!
Our goal is to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education and opportunities throughout our community and beyond. We know how important these skills are for everyone, and we know that some groups don't have the opportunities we do.
By doing things like starting new robotics teams, mentoring new Lego League and robotics teams, and bringing STEM fun and projects everywhere we can, we know we're opening doors to STEM to so many people. By creating exciting online events like STEM Sisters, and in person events like our STEM Days at Greendale Field Workshop and our Explore STEM Classes with Greendale Park and Rec, we're definitely bringing STEM opportunities to many new faces. (See a list of some of our projects here!)
It's exciting to be a community organization, because we've been able to create opportunities we never expected to be able to, and bring students into robotics that wouldn't have had the chance otherwise.
As a major part of Greendale Robotics work, our robotics teams have experienced a tremendous amount of success. In just two years, Greendale Robotics Teams have won:
1st Place Connect Award (WI State Championship 2021)
1st Place Motivate Award (WI State Championship 2022)
1st Place Motivate Award (WI State Championship 2023)
1st Place Connect Award (Knack Attack 2021)
1st Place Connect Award (Patriot Games 2022)
1st Place Motivate Award (Highlander Regional2021)
1st Place Motivate Award (Frozen Frenzy 2022)
1st Place Inspire Award (Patriot Games 2023)
1st Place Motivate Award (Frozen Frenzy 2023)
2nd Place Motivate Award (Knack Attack 2021)
2nd Place Connect Award (Highlander Regional 2021)
Winning Alliance Team (Frozen Frenzy 2022)
Semifinalist Alliance Team (Patriot Games 2022)
Semifinalist Alliance Team (Highlander Regional 2021)
Semifinalist Alliance Team (WI State Championship 2022)
Global Innovation Challenge Finalists (2021)
Global Innovation Challenge Global Runner Up (2021)
Chicago Robotics Invitational Finalist Alliance First Pick (2022)
Three of our team members were recognized with Presidential Volunteer Service Awards in 2021:
Genevieve S. (Gold)
Ava S. (Silver)
Ari S. (Bronze)
And one of our members, Ava S. was even selected as a First Tech Challenge Dean's List Finalist from Wisconsin!
This year three of our members won the Congressional App Challenge for the Wisconsin Congressional District 01:
What is the FIRST Tech Challenge?
Our teams compete in FTC, the FIRST Tech Challenge. According to the FIRST Website, FTC is:
"way more than building robots. FIRST Tech Challenge teams (up to 15 team members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format.
Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and working as a team."
What is FIRST?
FIRST, (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an international youth organization that operates the FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST LEGO League Challenge, FIRST LEGO League Explore, FIRST LEGO League Discover, and FIRST Tech Challenge competitions. (Wikipedia)
Everybody has to be able to participate in a future that they want to live for. That's what technology can do.
~ Dean Kamen, FIRST Founder
I'm so excited to have this opportunity to learn STEM skills and see them put into action!
~ Evie Skibicki, FIRST FTC Team Member