"In a free culture, you get the best of what you celebrate. We celebrate sports. We celebrate entertainment. We've got to get back to convincing young people--particularly women and minorities--that the world of science and technology is every bit as accessible, every bit as rewarding, every bit as fun, and a whole lot more likely to lead to careers than anything else they can spend their time at."
-- Dean Kamen, FIRST Founder
We are S.P.A.M.!
S.P.A.M. Robotics is a high school robotics team made up of students from the Martin County (Florida) School District -- Jensen Beach High School, Martin County High School, South Fork High School, and Clark Advanced Learning Center. Speed, Power AND Maneuverability--we are Student Programmers, Animators and Machinists. We are future engineers, teachers, designers and programmers being led by current engineers, teachers, designers and programmers.
We build robots!
S.P.A.M. competes in robotics competitions organized by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Founded in 1989, FIRST is supported by a network of Fortune 500 corporations, educational and professional institutions, foundations and individuals. In 1998, S.P.A.M. organized as FIRST Robotics Team 180 and has competed in FRC events ever since.
Each year FIRST develops a game for which FRC teams from across the world must design, build, and program their robots in SIX WEEKS to be ready to compete in athletic style competitions. The rules are strict, the resources are limited and the time is “never enough.”
We are tomorrow’s STEM leaders!
The “I” in FIRST stands for Inspiration and S.P.A.M. considers it the mission of everyone involved with the team to INSPIRE the next generation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math professionals. By giving students exposure to “real world” engineering opportunities, S.P.A.M. helps to create self-confidence and to develop communication and leadership skills.
We give back to our community!
S.P.A.M. has enjoyed the support of an entire community of education and business leaders. It is our responsibility to give back to the community by educating young people, by being good stewards of our resources, by practicing “gracious professionalism,” and by sharing our talents with others.
We have fun!!!
Most of all, S.P.A.M. is FUN. We make friends, we work hard, we combine our talents, and we change lives.
Who are we? 180!
Who are we? S.P.A.M., S.P.A.M.!
Post script: On April 28, 2012, we took our robot the distance and returned home as FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!
S – P – A – M, S.P.A.M.-S.P.A.M.-S.P.A.M.!!!