During my Freshman year (2016-2017), I frequently heard about the Robotics Club. However, last year, very little was to be heard from the club members, the faculty, or the announcements with anything about the club. So, what happened to it?
To find out what happened to it, first, let’s talk about what Robotics Club is.
In an interview with David Kitch, a senior and a former club member of the Robotics Club, I got to learn more about what activities are involved in their meetings after school. In Robotics club, you will learn to build and program robots to complete certain actions and compete in scrimmages, which will prepare you for a competition towards the end of the year. This competition is conducted through a program called FIRST, which stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.” In this competition, students will work to build a robot which must complete a course involving a series of tasks your robot must complete.
After the original coach, Gale Stone, left Greer Middle College, the Robotics Club was left without a coach, and therefore disbanded.
When asked if he would be interested in seeing the Robotics Club come back to life, David replied with this; "I personally would be interested, but I have not heard any faculty or students express much interest. A lot of the devoted members last year were seniors, so we lost a lot of our members."
While there is currently no Robotics Club, GMC is especially good at allowing students to create and run clubs and organizations. So, if you are interested in creating a Robotics Club or another club here, talk to a teacher who might be interested in sponsoring and gather a group of students who are interested in joining, and you are on your way to starting a new club here! Hopefully, a few students will be passionate enough to bring back the Robotics Club in the near future.
If you're interested in learning more about FIRST's robotics program, click the link HERE.