Ratchet Rocker Robotics, Inc. (Ratchet Rockers) Team 1706, is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting the Wentzville Holt, Timberland, and Liberty High Schools FIRST Robotics Team 1706. Ratchet Rockers helps to build character and confidence in its high school students through robot design, construction, competition, science, technology, engineering, mathematics, communications, and business applications.
The 2012-2013 team was comprised of about 25 high school students. The students are guided by 15 mentors from engineering, information technologies, business management, and marketing fields. Along with the support of our teacher sponsor, mentors and parents, we all work together to achieve common goals. The Ratchet Rockers have experienced success in past years and continue aiming for success in the future. The team continues to promote FIRST Robotics as well as encourage students to actively pursue science, technology, engineering, and math coursework both in high school and beyond.
To inspire students to actively engage in hands-on STEM programs.
To use Coopertition™ and Gracious Professionalism™ to build a professional robot in hopes of inspiring youth in our community to take part in a future of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Ratchet Rocker Robotics strives to exemplify the message of FIRST during the build and competition seasons as well as throughout the year by achieving the following goals.
Ratchet Rocker Robotics’ central goal is to educate and build excitement within its student body and the community about science, technology and engineering. Within the classroom, students are provided with the necessary knowledge base to succeed in engineering careers. Outside of the classroom, students build self-confidence, leadership and life skills through the design, construction, testing and fielding a competitive robot.
Through design, prototype analysis, production, and testing, students create a robot that actively competes within a dynamic and cooperative environment to fulfill FIRST competition requirements.
Student participants on the Ratchet Rocker Robotics team apply their academic knowledge of engineering systems, programming, and logistics to the design, fabrication and testing of the competition robot.
The team leads the way in creating unique and innovative approaches to the game challenge for the FIRST Robotics Competition. These innovated approaches have won them recognition within their community as they find innovative solutions to real world problems.
Ratchet Rocker Robotics relies upon the integration of multiple sub teams and multidisciplinary organizational leadership. Communication is central to the team’s success in facilitating a common goal in the areas of engineering (mechanical, electrical, programming, and website design and maintenance), financial (corporate sponsorship and fundraising), and marketing (publicity, spirit and awards). Through the combined knowledge of the team, Ratchet Rocker Robotics has created a successful outlet of resources for other area teams.
As a result of the team’s success and community involvement, the team has inspired many in the local, community to become involved in the FIRST program, to pursue study in the fields of science, technology, and engineering, and to find creative ways to solve complex problems in the community.