FIRST Chairman's Award Goes to Kell Robotics

FIRST Chairman's Award Goes to Kell Robotics

DoD STEM Team Kell Robotics Inducted into FIRST Hall Of Fame

May 21, 2018 - The Kell Robotics team of Kennesaw Georgia is a group of high school students that participated in the FIRST Robotics Competition. FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is the world’s largest after-school student serving organization that inspires students of all ages to gain a greater appreciation for STEM and to pursue STEM career opportunities.

In front of a crowd of 20,000 people at the Houston Astros Minute Maid Field, the team was awarded the most important award in FIRST, the Chairman’s Award, and inducted into the FIRST Hall of Fame. This award recognizes Kell Robotics as a role model, representing the 515,000+ students, from 61,000 teams, in 86 countries that participate in FIRST.

To view the presentation of the award:

The FIRST Chairman's Award is awarded to the team that is exemplary in their efforts to advance society through STEM education. The Kell Robotics Team has led efforts to support education, by leading Georgia to create opportunities for teachers to receive extended day pay for coaching robotics teams after school, and by developing initiatives to provide teacher training in robotics and engineering. The team has started a record 25 FIRST Robotics teams in Georgia, and South Carolina. One third of those teams are TItle 1 and from underserved communities. During the past decade, the team has advocated to national, state, and local policymakers and educational leaders about the value of supporting FIRST and FIRST robotics teams.

The team is honored to receive this award, and to represent DoD STEM. The team has spent more than 10 years explaining how vital FIRST is to developing talent to support the strategic interests of the United States, including national defense, economic development, healthcare, and more.

“On behalf of Kell Robotics, I would like to thank DoD STEM and the Department of Defense for supporting FIRST as we believe it is in the strategic interest of our country and the free world. I would also like to mention that the U.S. Marine Corps is our point of contact with DoDSTEM and that we have an alumnus serving in the Marine Corps.”

Here are two videos that briefly describe the work of the team.


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By Ed Barker, mentor and director of Kell Robotics