We are FIRST Robotics Competition team 5885, the Villanova WiredCats. We are a team of highly motivated individuals who are not only proficient in constructing a robot, but also with problem-solving and dedication. Robotics, if one were to define the word, is the science of the design, construction, and applications of robots or robot-like units to complete various tasks. However, a definition that can be found in the Oxford English Dictionary cannot fully define the concept.
Robotics is, as we like to think of it, the science where dreams come true; it is a field of STEM which involves hands-on construction and the design of systems and components to perform simple or complex tasks that people in the past would have never even considered possible. Not only is this a building block for our future, but it also shapes students choices in careers, their confidence, and social skills. Their passion is amplified in a program far from sports and other activities that encourages all age groups, genders, and interests to combine together. This program is also important in the promotion of females in the workplace that men are generally stereotyped under. Female students break boundaries and create technological advances that they normally are not familiar with and spark new interests like engineering.
This opportunity is far from a competition, but a shaping of character, collaboration, and expanding knowledge from valuable resources. This just proves how powerful the study of science, engineering, and robotics has been to what we have set out to prove.