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 tenth 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. The HexHounds also have a summer camp every year for K-8 students who are interested in science and robotics and help four local First Lego League (FLL) teams. Many of the students who participate in these experiences go on to join the team as soon as they enter high school.
Students who join the HexHounds work with experienced engineers and mentors to build a new robot each year, as well as help plan and execute fundraisers, outreach events, and more to send the team to competitions in cities such as Milwaukee, Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Detroit. Every member has a chance to play an important role in the success of the team.
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.