The Cedarburg Robotics Team, known as the HexHounds, promotes the study and application of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in a fun and interesting way through involvement in FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). We compete in the annual FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), this year being our seventh as an FRC team .
The HexHounds are active in their school and community, taking part in events ranging from Homecoming pep rallies to international competitions to festivals in their hometown of Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Students who join the HexHounds can work with experienced engineers and mentors to build a brand new robot each year, and help plan fundraisers to send the team to competitions in cities such as Milwaukee, Chicago and Minneapolis. Every member has a chance to play an important role in the success of the team. The HexHounds also have a summer camp every year for K-8 students who are interested in science and robotics. Many of the students who participate in this camp go on to join the team as soon as they enter high school.
Engineering and, more broadly, critical thinking is an important and integral part of our society. Engineers are in demand now more than ever. The HexHounds and FIRST Robotics are doing their best to help students have promising futures in STEM careers. Graduating members of the team have gone on to enroll in colleges such as Purdue University and the Milwaukee School of Engineering. FIRST offers over 19 million dollars a year in scholarships to students in FIRST programs to go to college in many different STEM fields.