At HCS we have extra-curricular STEM learning options for every grade from Kindergarten through High School! We participate in FIRST, the Worlds finest student robotics program. On FIRST teams, students learn Engineering, Science, Teamwork, Business Skills, Speaking and Writing Skills and much, much more through hands-on learning. Start in Kindergarten in our FLL Junior program (K-3rd grade), progress through elementary and middle school in our FIRST LEGO League program (4th-8th) and develop cutting edge high-tech skills on our high school FIRST Tech Challenge.
FIRST is a foundation created to inspire more students to get involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) careers. It is the brainchild of the "Thomas Edison of time," Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway and hundreds of biomedical technologies that have transformed our lives. He wants your students to do what he does -- change the world for the better. So he created FIRST. The program is built around a "Sport for the Mind" concept where teams work to create robots and then use them to play highly competitive games against their peers -- across town, across the state, across the country or even across the world! The program reaches nearly 1 million students each year and opens up over $50,000,000 in scholarships to students pursuing STEM fields in college.
At HCS we have been a part of FIRST since 2006 and we have experienced a very high level of success in that time. Three HCS FLL teams have won the state championship and gone on to compete in the World Championships, with the 2013 team finishing as the worlds 3rd place team out of over 26,000 teams! Our High School program has seen it's share of success, too, being one of only a handful of teams nationally, to have earned 4 consecutive trips to Super Regionals (Midwest Championship) and three trips to the World Championships!
To support our program at HCS we have dedicated STEM labs for both FLL and FTC at our upper campus. To find out more about, click on the links for the age of your student and come join us on our robotics journey!