DARC Robotics is extremely involved in the community as an organization. They are not only involved with the community, but with other BEST competition teams as well.

DARC Outreach

 

Decatur Austin Robotics Coalition

Providing technical advice to Chris Wilson (Polaris) for the new Athens/Tanner BEST Team

FEMALE DARC members MENTOR A MONTHLY gems (Girls excelling in math and science) Club for selected 3rd-5th grade girls at Frances Nugester Elementary. They have sponsored a new GEMS Club for 2nd graders at Ben Davis ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AS WELL.

Decatur city schools robotics expo (sponsored, set up, and participated)

Decatur City Schools Superintendent Dr. Brigman and his staff from the central office held their October meeting in the DARC Robot Shop to highlight "Project-based learning at its best"

  • Setting up a demonstration booth at the Decatur City Schools 5th grade Careers Around Decatur Day
  • Leadership meeting with the Chick-Fil-A Cow
  • Rotary Club Demonstrations
  • Spoke at the Business Council of Alabama Annual luncheon in Montgomery. DARC was awarded "BEST of the BEST" Award.
  • Opened team playing field for other BEST teams to come practice

2016

Breakfast for the TVB hub at Kick-Off

Mall Day Munchies

DARC members are mentors for elementary school lego robotics teams. dARC has established lego clubs in all twelve decatur city schools elementary schools. They have also established acte competition teams at all three middle schools.

Other 2016 DARC Outreach included:

2016 was a great year for DARC Outreach!

2015

DARC supplies each team at Tennessee Valley BEST with a pit safety bag containing band-aids, hand sanitizer, Kleenex, alcohol swabs, etc.

 

DARC students Claire Crane and Camille Elmore are piloting a Jr. GEMS Club (Girls Excelling in Math and Science at Francis Nungester Elementary School for 24 third, fourth, and fifth grade girls.

2014

DARC’s Outreach involved ice, water, buckets, donations, and a challenge.

 

For DARC’s first meeting this year all the members gathered at the E-Center to collect donations for the ALS Foundation, and proceeded to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. It was given to DARC by team member Dylan Osborn, and afterwards DARC challenged all of the other Tennessee Valley BEST teams.

2013

DARC withheld three major accomplishments within the 2013 Outreach.

 

The first outreach project is “The Old State Bank Project”. Brady Dial, an engineer, will explain briefly about this amazing outreach project:

The second outreach project is an amazing one. In this 2013 season, BEST Operations constructed blankets for veterans. Everyone had a helping hand, and DARC is more than proud of this outreach project. Therefore, DARC sends out a special thanks for those who have served our country! We truly love and appreciate you!

As for the third outreach project, DARC donated “LEGO Mindstorm Robotics” kits  to local elementary students!

2012

DARC is proud of its history not only for its excellence in robotics, but also for its contributions to the community outside of the competition. 2012 continues that history in many areas. DMR, or Decatur Middle Robotics, proved to be a great way to introduce middle school students to science and engineering, and our team has once again given them space in the workshop to enter their own robot into the BEST competition for 2012. We provided five graphing calculators for general use in the classrooms at Decatur and Austin high schools to those We invited all three local elementary school robotics teams to introduce them to the competition and to generate interest in robotics and in DARC. We are also proud to have donated all 24 pounds of pennies supplied with our BEST consumables kit to the Susan B. Komen breast cancer research foundation in honor of our former CEO’s mother, Patricia Mitchell. Members of our team also helped to mentor members of the Leon Sheffield elementary robotics club for their entries in the ACTE competition. DARC has presented its work to several influential groups, such as Rotary club, Lions, and Decatur City Schools showcase of excellence. DARC is continuing to reach out to make an impact on the community in the year 2012.

2011

2011 was a busy year for DARC’s outreach programs, with several commendable accomplishments. One of our proudest accomplishments was the formation of DMR, or Decatur Middle Robotics. This program is intended for current eighth graders and provides workspace and resources for their own entry in the BEST competition. This program is a great way of introducing upcoming freshmen to robotics competition and the responsibilities included. At DARC, we consider education to be very important for motivating young learners to achieve their goals. Sarah Grace Mitchell and Carrie Hill, both DARC members, led a fundraiser to send a class of fifth graders to space camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. This program is a great example of how DARC is not only interested in success in competition, but also in inspiring future generations as well. Another outreach by our team was our cat and dog food drive for the local animal shelter. We collected bagged and canned pet food at our workshop and donated almost three hundred pounds of food for the pets. We were involved in several political events this year, including attending the ribbon cutting for Calhoun’s new robotics technology park, mentions by Mayor Don Stanford and Senator Arthur Orr, and an entry into Alabama’s archives. We are proud to offer our practice field to any team interested in practicing on it, and encourage our competitors to achieve. Overall, DARC participated in several events that positively affected the community in the year 2011.

2010

Since its inception, DARC has been leading the way for Robotics practices while displaying good sportsmanship and character. Just as was done in prior years, we provided table displays for the Decatur Business Luncheon and Retired Teachers Luncheon that was held at Austin High School in May. We also opened our doors at the Entrepreneurial Center in October of 2010 for an Open-House so that members of the local community could visit and see what we have done in addition to what we are currently working on. DARC also created an infomercial, of sorts, to advertise this year’s game. Throughout the infomercial, we incorporated several members of the community and school system.

 

In order to continue making BEST an enjoyable learning experience, DARC has acted to help other teams in competition. On Kick-Off Day for Tennessee Valley BEST, we provided breakfast and trinket bags for the other teams. For this upcoming 2010 competition, DARC has worked with our local hub to implement two new traditions: the Spirit Stick Competition and the Safety Competition. To encourage teams to adopt safe practices, we provided each team with a set of safety glasses for use in their shops. Since not all teams have the resources to construct their own practice field, DARC has made their field at the Decatur Entrepreneurial Center open to other teams before Game Day. Also, when Oak Park Middle School’s robotics team had to withdraw from the competition, DARC took several team members in so they could continue with the competition and gain valuable experience to be put into use the following year.

 

Decatur City Schools and DARC both work to provide opportunities for our students to gain valuable experience in multiple career fields, specifically engineering. Both Decatur and Austin High Schools are Engineering Academy Initiative designated schools. This Academy was implemented in 2008, and the current seniors will be the first to complete the four-year Academy at the end of this 2010-2011 school year. In October of 2010, the DARC team members went through Six Sigma training with Brent Bibbee from BASF in Huntsville. Six Sigma is a real-world method utilized by companies to improve the quality of production. DARC has also solicited and placed engineering information in the Austin and Decatur High Guidance Offices from state colleges and universities.

 

 

2009

DARC continues to be heavily involved in our local community for the 2009 season. In May of this year, DARC provided table displays for the Decatur Business luncheon held at Austin High School. We also regularly sent team members to area elementary schools to introduce younger students to engineering and our team. Most recently, team members visited Austinville Elementary in Decatur as a reward for the school’s students with high SAT scores. Additionally, we held a demonstration for International Rotary Organization representatives from Brazil as well as presenting our program to Decatur’s Rotary Club. What’s more, DARC recently served as an exhibitor for the 2009 Space and Missile Defense Student Day.

 

Before Kick-off for Tennessee Valley BEST, we hosted an Open House for the community and teams that were new to BEST in order to offer our assistance as well as to allow newer teams to view a working booth in addition robots from past years. At kick-off, DARC provided breakfast for all teams and supplied two working robots to be used at future kick-offs. Also, for the 2009 competition season, DARC continued the tradition of building a full-size, working playing field in our expansive workshop generously donated by the City of Decatur. This field was opened up to other teams in the Tennessee Valley BEST Hub who desired to test their robot on a working competition field, which was instrumental for the 2009 competition due to the complexity of establishing the systems required to communicate with the field. These systems were essential to many teams for their overall game strategy. DARC was happy to provide a working field for other teams to practice and test on before competition.

 

 

2008

Since its inception, DARC has carried on the traditions of involving our program in the community established at both Decatur High Robotics and Austin High Robotics. Among the first of these is when we gathered materials and provided working robots for Teacher/Mentor Workshop held at Auburn University. DARC has also increased awareness of the BEST competition, as shown when we solicited parent and student interest in this program at Athens Middle School and Oak Park Middle School. This, along with when we visit and work with elementary schools and pre-schools, is representative of our tradition of local school outreach. Also, DARC sub-contracted to the Special Needs students at Austin High School to make their promotional buttons last year. However, our outreach is not limited to those immediately around us. We have hosted a Pre-Kick Off workshop for Excalibur and The Way Home School in Madison. Also, In August 2008, DARC hosted Faith Christian Academy for Pre-Kick Off team building activity. We have also hosted Athens Middle School Team and Sponsor for a visit to the Decatur Business Incubator.

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DARC Robotics is extremely involved in the community as an organization. They are not only involved with the community, but with other BEST competition teams as well.

DARC Outreach

DARC members are mentors for elementary school lego robotics teams. dARC has established lego clubs in all twelve decatur city schools elementary schools. They have also established acte competition teams at all three middle schools.

FEMALE DARC members MENTOR A MONTHLY gems (Girls excelling in math and science) Club for selected 3rd-5th grade girls at Frances Nugester Elementary. They have sponsored a new GEMS Club for 2nd graders at Ben Davis ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AS WELL.

  • Setting up a demonstration booth at the Decatur City Schools 5th grade Careers Around Decatur Day
  • Leadership meeting with the Chick-Fil-A Cow
  • Rotary Club Demonstrations
  • Spoke at the Business Council of Alabama Annual luncheon in Montgomery. DARC was awarded "BEST of the BEST" Award.
  • Opened team playing field for other BEST teams to come practice

Providing technical advice to Chris Wilson (Polaris) for the new Athens/Tanner BEST Team

Decatur City Schools Superintendent Dr. Brigman and his staff from the central office held their October meeting in the DARC Robot Shop to highlight "Project-based learning at its best"

DARC is proud of its history not only for its excellence in robotics, but also for its contributions to the community outside of the competition. 2012 continues that history in many areas. DMR, or Decatur Middle Robotics, proved to be a great way to introduce middle school students to science and engineering, and our team has once again given them space in the workshop to enter their own robot into the BEST competition for 2012. We provided five graphing calculators for general use in the classrooms at Decatur and Austin high schools to those We invited all three local elementary school robotics teams to introduce them to the competition and to generate interest in robotics and in DARC. We are also proud to have donated all 24 pounds of pennies supplied with our BEST consumables kit to the Susan B. Komen breast cancer research foundation in honor of our former CEO’s mother, Patricia Mitchell. Members of our team also helped to mentor members of the Leon Sheffield elementary robotics club for their entries in the ACTE competition. DARC has presented its work to several influential groups, such as Rotary club, Lions, and Decatur City Schools showcase of excellence. DARC is continuing to reach out to make an impact on the community in the year 2012.

2011 was a busy year for DARC’s outreach programs, with several commendable accomplishments. One of our proudest accomplishments was the formation of DMR, or Decatur Middle Robotics. This program is intended for current eighth graders and provides workspace and resources for their own entry in the BEST competition. This program is a great way of introducing upcoming freshmen to robotics competition and the responsibilities included. At DARC, we consider education to be very important for motivating young learners to achieve their goals. Sarah Grace Mitchell and Carrie Hill, both DARC members, led a fundraiser to send a class of fifth graders to space camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. This program is a great example of how DARC is not only interested in success in competition, but also in inspiring future generations as well. Another outreach by our team was our cat and dog food drive for the local animal shelter. We collected bagged and canned pet food at our workshop and donated almost three hundred pounds of food for the pets. We were involved in several political events this year, including attending the ribbon cutting for Calhoun’s new robotics technology park, mentions by Mayor Don Stanford and Senator Arthur Orr, and an entry into Alabama’s archives. We are proud to offer our practice field to any team interested in practicing on it, and encourage our competitors to achieve. Overall, DARC participated in several events that positively affected the community in the year 2011.

Since its inception, DARC has been leading the way for Robotics practices while displaying good sportsmanship and character. Just as was done in prior years, we provided table displays for the Decatur Business Luncheon and Retired Teachers Luncheon that was held at Austin High School in May. We also opened our doors at the Entrepreneurial Center in October of 2010 for an Open-House so that members of the local community could visit and see what we have done in addition to what we are currently working on. DARC also created an infomercial, of sorts, to advertise this year’s game. Throughout the infomercial, we incorporated several members of the community and school system.

 

In order to continue making BEST an enjoyable learning experience, DARC has acted to help other teams in competition. On Kick-Off Day for Tennessee Valley BEST, we provided breakfast and trinket bags for the other teams. For this upcoming 2010 competition, DARC has worked with our local hub to implement two new traditions: the Spirit Stick Competition and the Safety Competition. To encourage teams to adopt safe practices, we provided each team with a set of safety glasses for use in their shops. Since not all teams have the resources to construct their own practice field, DARC has made their field at the Decatur Entrepreneurial Center open to other teams before Game Day. Also, when Oak Park Middle School’s robotics team had to withdraw from the competition, DARC took several team members in so they could continue with the competition and gain valuable experience to be put into use the following year.

 

Decatur City Schools and DARC both work to provide opportunities for our students to gain valuable experience in multiple career fields, specifically engineering. Both Decatur and Austin High Schools are Engineering Academy Initiative designated schools. This Academy was implemented in 2008, and the current seniors will be the first to complete the four-year Academy at the end of this 2010-2011 school year. In October of 2010, the DARC team members went through Six Sigma training with Brent Bibbee from BASF in Huntsville. Six Sigma is a real-world method utilized by companies to improve the quality of production. DARC has also solicited and placed engineering information in the Austin and Decatur High Guidance Offices from state colleges and universities.

 

 

DARC continues to be heavily involved in our local community for the 2009 season. In May of this year, DARC provided table displays for the Decatur Business luncheon held at Austin High School. We also regularly sent team members to area elementary schools to introduce younger students to engineering and our team. Most recently, team members visited Austinville Elementary in Decatur as a reward for the school’s students with high SAT scores. Additionally, we held a demonstration for International Rotary Organization representatives from Brazil as well as presenting our program to Decatur’s Rotary Club. What’s more, DARC recently served as an exhibitor for the 2009 Space and Missile Defense Student Day.

 

Before Kick-off for Tennessee Valley BEST, we hosted an Open House for the community and teams that were new to BEST in order to offer our assistance as well as to allow newer teams to view a working booth in addition robots from past years. At kick-off, DARC provided breakfast for all teams and supplied two working robots to be used at future kick-offs. Also, for the 2009 competition season, DARC continued the tradition of building a full-size, working playing field in our expansive workshop generously donated by the City of Decatur. This field was opened up to other teams in the Tennessee Valley BEST Hub who desired to test their robot on a working competition field, which was instrumental for the 2009 competition due to the complexity of establishing the systems required to communicate with the field. These systems were essential to many teams for their overall game strategy. DARC was happy to provide a working field for other teams to practice and test on before competition.

 

 

Since its inception, DARC has carried on the traditions of involving our program in the community established at both Decatur High Robotics and Austin High Robotics. Among the first of these is when we gathered materials and provided working robots for Teacher/Mentor Workshop held at Auburn University. DARC has also increased awareness of the BEST competition, as shown when we solicited parent and student interest in this program at Athens Middle School and Oak Park Middle School. This, along with when we visit and work with elementary schools and pre-schools, is representative of our tradition of local school outreach. Also, DARC sub-contracted to the Special Needs students at Austin High School to make their promotional buttons last year. However, our outreach is not limited to those immediately around us. We have hosted a Pre-Kick Off workshop for Excalibur and The Way Home School in Madison. Also, In August 2008, DARC hosted Faith Christian Academy for Pre-Kick Off team building activity. We have also hosted Athens Middle School Team and Sponsor for a visit to the Decatur Business Incubator.

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