OUR MISSION & FIRST

Our mission is to inspire personal and community development by creating innovative problem solvers through collaborative outreach in STEM, community service, education, and FIRST robotics. FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) is a non-profit organization founded by Dean Kamen that creates robotic challenges for students. The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.


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Achievements

2021

  • Phosphorous Group - FIRST Innovation Challenge, FIRST Innovation Challenge Semi-Finalist Award

  • Upper Ohio River Region Awards Event, FIRST Dean's List Finalist Award (Hadiyah Tayeb)

2020

  • Miami Valley Regional, Regional Engineering Inspiration Award, Regional Finalists

  • Buckeye Regional (cancelled)

2019 (10th Year!)

  • Miami Valley Regional, Regional Winners, Engineering Inspiration Award Winners

  • Greater Pittsburgh, Regional Winners, Innovation in Control Award Winners

  • (Offseason) Finalist, WOW

2018

  • Miami Valley Regional, Chairman’s Award Winners, Dean’s List Finalist Award (Fatima Bainazar)

  • Buckeye Regional, Regional Semi-Finalists

  • (Offseason) Winner, WOW

  • (Offseason) Winner, CORI (Center Of Robotics Innovation)

2017

  • FIRST Championship St. Louis, Engineering Inspiration Winners, Darwin Division

  • Miami Valley Regional, Chairman’s Award Winners

2016

  • FIRST Championship, Hopper Division

  • Queen City Regional, Regional Finalists

  • Buckeye Regional, Engineering Inspiration Award Winners

2015

  • FIRST Championship, Carver Division

  • Queen City Regional, Engineering Inspiration Award Winners

  • Greater Pittsburgh Regional, Judges Award Winners

2014

  • Queen City Regional, Woodie Flowers Finalist Award (Andrew Bruening)

  • Queen City Regional, Regional Semi-Finalists

2013

  • Queen City Regional, Regional Finalists

  • (Offseason) Winner, Ohio State Championship

2012

  • Buckeye Regional

2011

  • Buckeye Regional

2010 (Rookie Season)

  • Buckeye Regional, Regional Semi-Finalists

DEMOGRAPHICS

The Metrobots are currently flourishing with around 100 students, 54% of which are female, 44% male, and 2% identifying as other. Fostering a diverse and inclusive environment, over 30% of students come from Asian, Middle Eastern, African American, and Hispanic minority groups. Additionally, they represent 27 different school districts from around central Ohio. Regardless of background, our students become STEM leaders and assist us in inspiring the next generation of innovators, spreading our mission throughout our ever-growing community.


MENTORING

In the Columbus area and interested in mentoring our team?

Contact us at our email below!

Other Achievements

The team has received many honors including making it to Regional Finals, receiving The Regional Chairman’s Award, and winning Engineering Inspiration Award at both regional and world levels. These achievements have resulted in the Metrobots attending the FIRST World Championship four years in a row.

Team Origins

The first Metrobots team was formed in 2010 during the breakaway season. At the time, the team came out of the design pathway though Metro Early College High School. The team originally consisted of about twelve active members and one coach. During the the breakaway competition, the team made it to the semi-finals that year. In the second and third years the team faced some challenges in regards to funding and mentorship. It was difficult to raise money due to the lack of sponsors. However, we eventually overcame this slump in 2014. During this season, we gained sponsors and our team grew from twelve to twenty-four and has been exponentially growing since. In 2015, the team won the Engineering Inspiration Award and made it to the world competion. Since then, the team has grown its comitment to the community and has become focused more on being a team.