-F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition-
Join the Robotic Rangers and help create a Benton House robot to compete in the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition
6 week build season beginning in January 2015
Mentors: Ben Noetzel, Ryan Kamphuis, and Kori Bowns
In partnership with F.I.R.S.T. Robotics and NASA Program Growth Grant
Highlights and Accomplishments
Work together to create a robot while learning engineering and programming skills
Compete with schools and organizations in an exciting robotic competition
Robotic Rangers was highest seated rookie in 2013 Midwest Regional Competition
Mentor Ryan Kamphuis was awarded F.I.R.S.T. Volunteer of the Year
Knowledge and understanding of robotic technology
Teamwork and collaboration
Design and engineering
Benton House's Robotics program is an exciting creative and technical pursuit to build the best robot! Each year teams are given the details of the upcoming competition and must work together to figure out how to build a functional, competitive machine. By working within guidelines put forth by the competition, budgets and finite parts, teams must think creatively and critically in order to achieve their vision.
The spirit and impact of F.I.R.S.T. is something truly unique. From emphasizing gracious professionalism to providing participating youth with an abundance of scholarship opportunities, F.I.R.S.T. stands out as a meaningful experience for all those involved. If you don't believe us, just ask President Obama!
We need your support.
For the past two years, Benton House has been able to participate in the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition by qualifying for grants awarded to new teams. Unfortunately in 2015, we will no longer be able to be funded this way, so we need your help to keep this exciting, educational program alive! This program has allowed students, as well as mentors, to grow in many valuable ways, and we truly hope to see another season in 2015. As founder of the competition, Dean Kamen, explains, F.I.R.S.T. "shows students of every age that science, technology, and problem-solving are not only fun and rewarding, but are proven paths to successful careers and a bright future for us all."
Join our team!
Enroll in the 2015 Benton House Robotics Program by visiting our Youth Programs sign up page!
Keep this valuable program alive. Contact Ben Noetzel for information on how to donate.