Founded in 2018 by a handful of motivated students and a willing teacher who shared a common mission: to provide a better future for the student and community, we are now a locally recognized program, constantly extending our reach into the local, national, and worldwide communities. To our teams, it's not just building robots. It's passing on knowledge and opportunities to the members of our community. Here at Assets Robotics, the community comes FIRST.

Assets Robotics History

As of Spring 2022

In the Fall of 2018, the robotics team was formed by Mr. Peter Han, in hopes of providing our students with more STEM opportunities to learn. With interest from 13 students, this team of students were recruited and registered as #14825 "Assets Robotics" (Later renamed as Team WAFFLES).

"Assets Robotics" competed in the 2018-2019 season Rover Ruckus, which became eligible in the regional championship and placed 12 out of 34 teams across the state. After a successful rookie season, the students decided to compete in FTC for a second year while the school, parents, and local communities were all excited and supported us with funding and opportunities.

For the 2019-2020 season Skystone, the Assets High School Robotics program consisted of 4 FTC Teams, #14825 (WAFFLES), and three additional teams #16374 (MainFrame Meltdown), #16375 (Brobots), and #16376 (A.S.S.E.T.S).
With a total of 34 students and 4 adult coaches, completing a highly successful season Team WAFFLES was able to place themselves 2nd in the state. Team MainFrame Meltdown was able to finish in 6th place. Both teams worked together at the state championship and brought trophies home.

For the 2020-2021 FTC season, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Assets Robotics committed to continuing with another robotics season, as well as we could, by sending 4 robotics teams to participate in the remote "Ultimate Goal" season. Team WAFFLES became the "varsity team" of our program, in charge of coaching and mentoring other younger teams & members.

Because of the pandemic, a lot of our members decided to focus on outreach projects this season due to not being able to consistently meet as a whole team. Some projects included the School of the Future Conference, printing and assembling 400+ face shields, building and donating a medical robot for the Queen's Medical Center, etc.

Team MEAF was also founded this year, who later became a varsity team as well, following the steps of Team WAFFLES.

Most recently, in the 2021-2022 season, due to high demand of student interest, our robotics program had 5 FTC robotics teams, 48 students. Our returning members taught our new members and recruited strong members into joining our varsity teams. Both of our varsity teams, Team WAFFLES and Team MEAF placed top 5 in the state at the end of the season. Team WAFFLES also won the Connect Award for this season, bringing home another trophy.

Our robotics teams are now built like small businesses, with different students focusing on different aspects of a robotics team. There are Robot Engineers who are in charge of designing and building the robots; Robot programmers who code the robots; Business managers who actively look for funding opportunities for the team; and Outreach Projects Managers that plan events and activities to reach out to local and national STEM communities.


Throughout Robotics, we have opportunities to do computer-aided design, fabrication, software, and publication work; as well as how a business is run. Most importantly, we learn many life skills such as teamwork and problem-solving.

For the upcoming 2022-2023 robotics season, our plan is to continue participating in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics Program with two FTC Teams (Team Waffles & Team MEAF), as well as launching our FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) program, for the first time in our program history, once we raise enough funds.

At the same time, we plan on reaching out to more local & national communities to expand STEM learning opportunities for them, especially at schools locally that don’t have a robotics program.

and so the journey continues......

Mission


Assets School Mission Statement
The mission of Assets School is to serve gifted and capable students, specializing in those with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. Complemented by outreach and training, we provide a strength-based program that empowers students to become effective learners and confident self-advocates.
FIRST Robotics Mission Statement
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, inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
Robotics Team Mission Statement
The 'big picture' goals of Assets Robotics are as follows:To grow an appreciation for science, technology, engineering, and math in the students and outside the community.To support other robotics organizations that aim to excite people about STEM and STEM education.To create and grow awareness with local, state, and national policymakers to help support STEM education in schools.To support other FTC teams in a way that helps make sustainable, long-lasting programs.To foster and grow intangible skills such as teamwork, project/time management, and strategic thinking that they will need to be successful beyond high school.To give students opportunities to work with processes and techniques that are used in industry.To field a competitive robot that can compete for the State and National Championships. An engineer cannot be created in a 6-week build season. However, fielding a competitive robot creates excitement about STEM in the students. In addition, it helps gives students the confidence that they can be successful in a STEM field. Fielding a competitive robot can inspire other teams and their students to continue improving their own teams.