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Congressman Rob Woodall

Representing the 7th District of Georgia

Congressman Woodall Meets with Local Robotics Team

July 3, 2019
Press Release

SUWANEE, GA – U.S. Representative Rob Woodall visited FIRST Robotics Team 6829, Ignite Robotics on Monday. Ignite Robotics’ mission is to help high school students develop strong technical, business, and leadership skills by exposing them to hands-on engineering projects and pairing students with experienced mentors. It emphasizes collaboration, innovation, and outreach to the community as fundamental elements of the organization.

At Ignite Robotics’ headquarters, Representative Woodall heard from Steve Smith, the President of Geekspace Gwinnett, a community makerspace that provides shop and classroom space to Ignite as well training for local teams. Representative Woodall then heard directly from students about what FIRST means to them and how they overcame the engineering challenges they faced when designing their robot, Fahrenheit. In addition, Representative Woodall witnessed students operate and demonstrate how Fahrenheit performed in the FRC Destination Deep Space competition.

“The most thrilling aspect of co-chairing the House Robotics Caucus is seeing firsthand the incredible endeavors these bright young minds from our community undertake to develop their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM),” said Congressman Woodall. “Ignite Robotics, and programs like it, teach students to think creatively and find innovative solutions to outside the box problems.”

“Founded in the Summer of 2017 by veteran robotics students, Ignite Robotics has created an inclusive, community-based competition team that seeks to promote STEM and provide an environment to create, innovate, and inspire,” said Brian Carlson, FIRST Robotics Mentor of Ignite Robotics. “We are grateful for Congressman Woodall’s continued support of STEM and work to bolster technology education for students in Forsyth and Gwinnett counties.”

Background:

  • Georgia FIRST Robotics challenges 9th-12th grade students to compete in high-intensity events which allow them to discover the challenges and opportunities of a career in STEM.
  • In Georgia’s FIRST Robotics Competition, high school aged teams compete with robots they designed, built, and programmed under a six-week time limit, limited resources, and strict rules.
  • In the Houston FIRST Robotics Competition World Championship in April, Ignite Robotics came in first place in their sub-division, becoming the sixth Georgia team in history to win their sub-division.
  • The final Georgia rankings had North Gwinnett High School placed 6th, Ignite Robotics placed 10th, Peachtree Ridge High School placed 21st, South Forsyth High School placed 28th, Meadow Creek High School placed 66th, North Forsyth High School placed 73rd, and West Forsyth High School placed 80th.

Congressman Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes significant portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties. He currently serves on the Rules Committee, the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and the Budget Committee.

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