The DARC TEAM

DARC Robotics is a robotics team made collectively of students from Decatur High School and Austin High School, which are both in Decatur, Alabama.

 

This year’s challenge, “Bet the Farm”, has given the DARC team a strong challenge in both our robot, and in our marketing booth. The DARC team went to work after learning our objectives for the 2016-2017 competition year.

 

Our team is involved with various outreach projects that inspire students among our community. Our team is also assisted with dedicated mentors, that are helping us to achieve something more than a win in this competition. That win is knowledge about our roles in this competition, which increases knowledge in the interests that we have. On game day, DARC plans to have a successful and challenging competition, and wishes the best for every other school competing in the BEST Competition!

 

Decatur Austin Robotics Coalition

DARC robotics is a united team of two rival high schools, Decatur and Austin High, in Decatur, Alabama. DARC, short for Decatur Austin Robotics Coalition, continues a strong tradition of excellence from the students of Austin and Decatur high schools.

DARC History

Beginning in 2002, Austin High initiated its first Robotics program. Excited and eager, Mrs. Susan Haddock, an AHS math teacher, started Austin's first robotics program, and competed at Calhoun Community College. Austin advanced to win various awards for robot designing and marketing at BEST (Boosting, Engineering, Science, and Technology) competitions. With the help of NASA’s $8000 grant, Austin’s robotics team was able to compete in the For Inspiration of Science and Technology (FIRST) competition in 2003 and 2004. Teachers, agreed to sponsor the new robotics program. Austin Robotics proceeded to win first place at regional competitions.

Austin High School

In 2001, the robotics program at Decatur High School began its longtime expedition, as an AP Physics class project for DHS teacher, Jeff Woods. As the robotics program took flight, they began competing in BEST (Boosting, Engineering, Science, and Technology) competitions.

Decatur High School

The prospect of the two teams joining forces had been discussed as early as 2006, but the idea did not come into fruition until 2008. The retirement of Mr. Woods left Decatur’s team in need of sponsorship, and the union of Decatur City School’s two robotics programs offered to pool the talent of both halves of the city while cutting costs. This mergence wouldn’t be possible at all without the support from former Superintendent Ed Nichols, and former Mayor Don Kyle. They were not only  instrumental in accomplishing the merger , but were quite essential in acquiring DARC robotics’ new operations facility at the Decatur Morgan County Entrepreneurial Center, a local business space leased by the city of Decatur to promote entrepreneurship. It was graciously endowed with workspace and equipment, DARC now puts some of the best young minds in Decatur to work in engineering and marketing. This is quite the a accomplishment within the city.

United as One

10 years of complete UNITY!

Now, it is the 2016-2017 season. DARC is entering its tenth year of competition as a unified team. In honor of this accomplishment, DARC is committed to make this year stand out from the rest!

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The DARC TEAM

The prospect of the two teams joining forces had been discussed as early as 2006, but the idea did not come into fruition until 2008. The retirement of Mr. Woods left Decatur’s team in need of sponsorship, and the union of Decatur City School’s two robotics programs offered to pool the talent of both halves of the city while cutting costs. This mergence wouldn’t be possible at all without the support from former Superintendent Ed Nichols, and former Mayor Don Kyle. They were not only  instrumental in accomplishing the merger , but were quite essential in acquiring DARC robotics’ new operations facility at the Decatur Morgan County Entrepreneurial Center, a local business space leased by the city of Decatur to promote entrepreneurship. It was graciously endowed with workspace and equipment, DARC now puts some of the best young minds in Decatur to work in engineering and marketing. This is quite the a accomplishment within the city.

Now, it is the 2016-2017 season. DARC is entering its tenth year of competition as a unified team. In honor of this accomplishment, DARC is committed to make this year stand out from the rest!

10 years of complete UNITY!

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DARC Robotics is a robotics team made collectively of students from Decatur High School and Austin High School, which are both in Decatur, Alabama.

 

This year’s challenge, “Bet the Farm”, has given the DARC team a strong challenge in both our robot, and in our marketing booth. The DARC team went to work after learning our objectives for the 2016-2017 competition year.

 

Our team is involved with various outreach projects that inspire students among our community. Our team is also assisted with dedicated mentors, that are helping us to achieve something more than a win in this competition. That win is knowledge about our roles in this competition, which increases knowledge in the interests that we have. On game day, DARC plans to have a successful and challenging competition, and wishes the best for every other school competing in the BEST Competition!

Beginning in 2002, Austin High initiated its first Robotics program. Excited and eager, Mrs. Susan Haddock, an AHS math teacher, started Austin's first robotics program, and competed at Calhoun Community College. Austin advanced to win various awards for robot designing and marketing at BEST (Boosting, Engineering, Science, and Technology) competitions. With the help of NASA’s $8000 grant, Austin’s robotics team was able to compete in the For Inspiration of Science and Technology (FIRST) competition in 2003 and 2004. Teachers, agreed to sponsor the new robotics program. Austin Robotics proceeded to win first place at regional competitions.

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