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Bringing STEM education to Desert Mountain

DM Robotics  — comprised of  25 inexperienced juniors, sophomores, and freshmen — defied all expectations at our regional competitions by becoming Regional Finalists and winning the Rookie All-Star Award and Highest Rookie Seed Award. We were one of only 400 international teams to qualify for the FIRST® World Championship in Houston.  At the Houston Championship, DM Robotics was part of a three-team alliance that won the Carver Division semifinal at the George R. Brown Convention Center before continuing for an incredible third-place finish at the Einstein Field Finals in Minute Maid Park.

Now in our second season, DM Robotics has drawn more than 70 students of diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds to the initial meetings.  DM Robotics is now comprised of team members for whom robotics is a for-credit academic class and team members for whom it is an extracurricular club.

Generally speaking, the students who who were a part of DM Robotics last year are now taking the class for credit and are the leaders in charge of guiding and training the typically younger and less-experienced club members.   This structure will ensure that students remain the core of the team and that there will be continuity from year to year.  We are working to  turn each generation of students into leaders.

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Robotics Reboot: SUSD Keeps Promise to Students to Put Robotics in the Classroom SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (June 20, 2017) Keeping a commitment made to a group of high school students six weeks ago, the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Governing Board tonight voted to make robotics part of the high school academic curriculum. During the Governing Board’s...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (May 3, 2017)  Three weeks ago, Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Governing Board Vice President Pam Kirby challenged the community to raise money to help send the Chaparral High School and Desert Mountain High School robotics teams to Houston, Texas to compete in the 2017 FIRST® Robotics world championship competition. Kirby pledged to...
Our Mentors & Volunteers
DM Robotics is very proud, honored and greatful to be able to have such great mentors and volunteers. We thank you for all you do!
  • Mrs. Michelle Okun
    Teacher Sponsor
    I’ve been working with first robotics for 7 years. I coached a FLL team for 5 years. I like working with students that are going to impact the world and helping lead them to a more successful future
  • Melody Simoncic
    Mentor
    i have been in first for 16 years. I started teams at all 5 high schools in our district. I love working and mentoring this team because they are all hardworking individuals who strive for excellence.
  • Rich Simoncic
    Mentor
    i have been in first for 16 years. I started teams at all 5 high schools in our district
  • Armando Viteri
    Mentor
    i have been involved for about 7 years in first. I am the drive team coach for this team and i make sure they are working hard.
  • REMY
    I was born in France and have been a programmer for many years. My son is on the team and I enjoy working with him and the other team members.
  • Jim Mac
    i have been working in building for 30 years. I like teaching the kids how to do things the right way like a professional. I am a firefighter, so we are really safe with our firefighter around
Testimonials
2017 was our rookie year, but what a year it was!
It's really a lot more than just robots!
Robots are just the vehicle to teach successful life and business skills.
Coopertition

Teams can and should help and cooperate with each other even as they compete.

Inspire

Innovation builds self-confidence, communication, and leadership

Gracious Professionalism

Knowledge, competition, and empathy are comfortably blended.

Recognition

Mentor-based, research and roboticprograms that produce well rounded future innovators.

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