Who We Are
Team Broncobots Mission Statement
The Broncobots are dedicated to helping the future through the recognition and advocacy of science, technology, math, and engineering. As FIRST participants, we strive to build a community devoted to education, innovation, and inspiration. By creating strong partnerships with mentors, teachers, and sponsors, we encourage communication and leadership as crucial parts of team success.
The focus of our team has been to reach out to our community in every way possible. Over the past three years, we have attended school carnivals, school presentations, bingo raffles, Boy Scout meetings, school board meetings, and business meetings. We have been featured over ten times in publications, including three local newspapers, Honeywell newsletters, and even a book: FIRST Robotics: Rack N Roll. We also created a team video as an introduction to FIRST for the Lee's Summit community that aired on the local government channel. The team has even published a book about our team and our history.
In our own school, we have hosted booths at Freshmen Orientation Day, sponsored "Math and Science Teacher Appreciation Day," set up booths at football games, participated in Safe Halloween, and set up FIRST Robotics displays throughout the year. In cooperation with the two other Lee's Summit robotics teams, we have held PR meetings to schedule banquets, school visits, open houses, and community outreach projects. For two weeks this past summer, we sponsored robotics camps for elementary students.
We've made our name known throughout the community in various ways. We have presented at eleven Lee's Summit elementary schools, three Lee's Summit middle schools, and a private Catholic school in a neighboring city. We have attended and presented at meetings for the Rotary Club, the Optimist Club, the National Tool and Machining Association, the Lee's Summit Economic Development Council, and the Kauffman Foundation. We also were excited to give presentations at Gail's Harley Davidson, Honeywell, the Engineering and Science Summit Institute at Kansas State University, and the Lee's Summit Chalk Walk. We, along with the other two Lee's Summit robotics teams, sponsored a booth at Downtown Days for a weekend to reach out to all Lee's Summit citizens.
We have mentored Team 2894, the ACE Robotics Team from the Afrikan Centered Education Collegium Campus in Kansas City, Missouri. Team Driven also has helped mentor the team. Team 2894 has now had multiple successful seasons. The talented students of the ACE Team have been gracious hosts at their school, and we've enjoyed building with them.
Over four years, we have sent over 1,500 letters to government officials. In 2008, there was a "Lee's Summit Robotics Day" proclamation from the mayor, and Governor Matt Blunt officially recognized and commended the FIRST Robotics Competition in the state of Missouri. Along with starting a mail campaign to government officials (fifteen different officials and federal offices), we started the Flat Mammoth campaign that combined the classic Flat Stanley with the spirit of FIRST. This was designed to reach people outside of our direct area of influence, like families and friends from other states and countries. During its time traveling, Flat Mammoth has visited a second grade classroom, attended a robot-themed movie night, enjoyed the warm weather in Honduras, and sat in the Missouri House of Representatives!