Lower Merion High School's award-winning Dawgma 1712 Robotics Team recently celebrated the opening of their new room in the District Administration Building as they welcomed faculty and staff members for an overview of their program and a live robotics demonstration. In the demonstration, students programmed their robot to maneuver throughout the room while picking up blocks before raising and placing the blocks on an elevated platform.
Dawgma 1712 is a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team which operates with four core values: passion, perseverance, leadership and community. Dawgma strives to promote science, technology engineering and math (STEM) and works to strengthen STEM education in every way possible. The team has organized Jr. FIRST Lego league programs for elementary school children, advocated for the creation of a robotics curriculum at the middle school level, participated in the Philadelphia Robotics Expo, and run many other outreach programs. Dawgma also has partnered with Judith Creed Homes for Independence (JCHAI) to create a class that teaches robotics to adults with developmental disabilities and runs several classes for young children, including a summer camp and middle school programs.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology) was founded to inspire people's interest and participation in science and technology that designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in the STEM fields while building self-confidence, knowledge and life-skills.