The Metrobots are a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) high school team that started at Metro Early College High School in Columbus, Ohio. We began competing in FIRST in 2010 with only 10 students on the team. Over the years we have grown and developed into a veteran student-led team comprised of 60 hard-working students and 20 dedicated mentors.
The team has received many honors including making it to Regional Finals, receiving The Regional Chairman’s Award, and winning Engineering Inspiration Award both at regional and world championship levels. These achievements have resulted in The Metrobots attending the FIRST World Championship four years in a row.
Our Mission & FIRST
Our mission is to inspire personal and community development by creating innovative leaders and problem solvers through collaborative outreach in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), 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 student from K-12. 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.
For more information: FIRST
The Metrobots are currently flourishing with 47 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.
The Past Foundation
The team is hosted by the PAST Foundation, a non-profit organization that brings real-world education to students, teachers, schools and communities through the PAST Innovation Lab. Furthermore, PAST serves as the Metrobots’ fiscal agent, and is actively providing mentors, equipment, resources, as well as a fully equipped shop. PAST Innovation Lab is committed to improving education by promoting transdiciplinary problem-based learning (TPBL). Sounds exciting. Linking Learning to Life is a real challenge: the PAST plan to improve how we educate our communities is different for every teacher and every classroom. Teachers make the difference. We embrace this challenge, and work everyday to make a difference in the lives of teachers and students.
For more information: The PAST Foundation
The Metrobots pride themselves on their generosity towards other teams, such as 6964 Bearbots, and 6916 Iron Thunder. Seeing Iron Thunder win Rookie Inspiration and the Bearbots win Rookie All-Star at our last competition filled our team with joy and made us extremely proud and hopeful to continue helping teams in the future.
In the Columbus area and interested in mentoring our team?
Contact us at our email below!