About USC Robotics Club

 

USC Robotics Club is an extracurricular activity rooted at Upper St Clair High School in Pittsburgh, PA that has expanded throughout the Upper St Clair School District to bring STEAM enrichment opportunities K-12.  The mission of this club is to use the avenue of robotics to give students practical applications of problem solving, engineering, programming, entrepreneurship, team work, and so much more.  This club is a true collaboration between students, parents, faculty, community members, and local businesses.  

 

During the 2021/2022 school year, the Robotics Club geared up to begin participation in FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Challenge.  The interest and support was overwhelming!  By the end of the school year, 40 Boyce Middle School students, 40 Fort Couch Middle School students, and approximately 30 Upper St Clair High School students participated in FIRST through various avenues.  Unfortunately, there was more interest than we could accommodate in this first year.  For the 2022/2023 school year we are working to accommodate almost 300 students who have expressed interest in joining the USC Robotics Club!

 

Though robotics competitions are a fun way to grow enthusiasm for STEAM education and careers, the USC Robotics Club has a strong desire to focus on outreach opportunities to spark a love for learning and creating in all students.  The non-competitive high school Robotics Club students, as well as the FIRST Tech Challenge teams, are investigating several avenues to create K-12 outreach opportunities both within and outside of our Upper St Clair community. 

 

Between competitive and non-competitive educational opportunities, USC Robotics looks to expose over 500 students to robotics, through various means, during the 2022/2023 school year.

2022/2023 School Year Plan

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FIRST Robotics Initiatives

 

  • A minimum of four FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Teams at Upper St Clair High School.  A new, all-girls team is our latest addition!
     

  • Six FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Challenge Teams at Fort Couch Middle School during the first semester (36 students).  FLL official competition only occurs during the first semester.
     

  • Fort Couch will also have a second semester opportunity to use the FIRST LEGO League platform to expose students to robotics who did not have an opportunity to participate during the first semester.  (36 students)
     

  • Boyce will hold FIRST LEGO League training opportunities during the first and second semester.  Each semester will two unique cohorts of students.  (32 students each semester - 64 students total)

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Outreach Goals

 

  • Odyssey of the Mind Ingenuity Camp Outreach - Hummingbird and CAD (July 2022)
     

  • Pirates Tech Takeover at PNC Park (September 4th, 2022)
     

  • Host FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST LEGO League Challenge events for the Southwestern PA territory at Upper St Clair High School. (Winter 2022) 
     

  • Hummingbird Outreach Workshops at USC elementary & middle schools 
     

  • Sphero Indi Outreach Workshops for grades K-2
     

  • Girl Scout & Boy Scout Troop collaboration
     

  • USC Community Day Booth (spring 2023)
     

  • USC Robotics Showcase (spring 2023)