First Tech Challenge Team 4149, The Terabytes, is a group of friends in the Pittsburgh area who have a passion for building robots. As a team, we strive to give back to the community by sharing our enthusiasm for science and technology.
In January, two of our team members went on a mission trip to a Guatemalan school and orphanage called Agua Viva. Their enthusiasm for the school prompted the Terabytes to get involved. Our goal is to provide Agua Viva with a robotics curriculum, and provide their teachers with the training necessary to teach it. Agua Viva is a private school and orphanage in Chimaltenango, Guatemala, that provides a home and education for impoverished, malnourished and orphaned children. Our goal is to provide three Lego Mindstorms kits to the school, and actually visit the school to provide assistance in formulating a robotics curriculum.
Robotics is an educational medium that both challenges and motivates students to think critically and creatively. Robotics promotes a diverse range of skills such as engineering, programming, problem solving, and communication. Our time together as a team has solidified our firm belief that robotics is a beneficial experience worth promoting.