Our Mission

Our mission is to inspire students to explore STEM through the hands-on experience of designing, building, and programming robots based on sound engineering principles while having fun in the process.

Our History
The King’s Academy launched its Robotics Program in 2014-2015 with both a high school FTC team (15 students) and two junior high FLL teams (12 students).  The school’s junior high students now have a Robotics/Engineering course elective in lieu of FLL teams, increasing availability to more students. Starting in 2019-20 the high school students also have an Intro to Engineering course utilizing Project Lead the Way curriculum.
Departments

Hardware: The builders of our robot who implement design ideas, all while overcoming challenges and keeping the robot within the guidelines.

Software/Programmers: Writing the instructions for our robot to complete objectives (i.e., score as many points as possible).

Business Operations/Marketing: Applying for sponsorships, writing business plans, documenting the engineering process, managing inventory, planning for community outreach, etc.

Outreach
Our team outreach includes promoting robotics within our own school as well as reaching out to team sponsors and others in the community. For example, we..
1. Promote robotics within our school to recruit new members at the following events: interactive robot game at School Carnival (Oct), TKA Club Day for current students (Oct), Open Houses and Orientation for new families (Oct, Dec, and May), and STEM Career event (April).
2. Promote STEM within our community at: Valley Church STEM event (Oct), STEMentors Silicon Valley (Nov), CuriOdyssey (April), Bayshore Christian Ministry in East Palo Alto (April-May)
3. Industry connections: Attend Intuitive Surgical’s Open House (Sept); field trip to tour wind tunnels at NASA Ames Research (Nov); connect with industry professionals at local companies (e.g., HP, Lear, Xerox)
Goals
  1. Students lead sub-assembly teams combining software and hardware with experienced students training rookie members to ensure continuity next year
  2. Work with school administration to hire a staff coach and recruit additional mentor support to ensure robotics program is sustainable for future years
  3. Promote robotics within our school community to help recruit new members next year
  4. Participate in 2-3 school wide events (e.g., Carnival, Open Houses, Club Day, New Family Orientation)
  5. Secure ongoing financial support from at least 5 corporate sponsors and/or matching gifts
  6. Establish industry relationships with 2-3 company visits (Intuitive, NASA wind tunnels, OhmniLabs, etc.) and invite speakers to team meetings 1-2 times per month