12 years and counting…
Exploding Bacon Robotics, is a 4-H club that among other things, participates in FIRST. Our students learn engineering, computer programming, and hands-on machinery skills, as well as the problem solving, strategic thinking, time management, public speaking, teamwork and leadership skills essential in any career. The goal is to inspire and support these youth members to continue on to higher education in trade schools and STEM programs in college.
Throughout the year, Exploding Bacon students and mentors are active STEM advocates and participate in an average of 30-40 demonstrations and outreach events each year. We provide STEM Summer Camps and have created an international STEM outreach program that provides Spark science kits with instructions for students with few resources to help them develop problem solving skills in there own communities.
2016 Rocket City
2015 Georgia Southern
2013 South Florida
Regional Chairman’s Awards
Exploding Bacon 1902 was also the 2013 World Championship Kamen Family Imagery Award winner, placed in the top 4 teams for the Digital Media Award in 2014 and has earned more than 50 awards over 11 seasons.
The 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition Game:
FIRST STEAMWORKS is played on a 27 ft. by 54 ft. field. Each of the two alliances controls a boiler and an airship, which they must prep for takeoff. Robots collect fuel (yellow wiffle balls) and score them into their alliance’s boiler to generate steam pressure, scoring them points. Robots must also collect gears and pass them up the airship to the pilots, who use the gears to get the airship’s rotors spinning. During the end of the match, pilots can deploy ropes from the airship, which robots can then climb to earn additional points.