CAD STEM Squad
Be the change. together we rise.
The Ctrl+Alt+Del STEM Squad is a dynamic group of kids ages 7 to 13 who are using STEM skills to impact their community and beyond. The CAD STEM Squad is sectioned into teams, selected annually, and each sponsored and mentored by RoboLink. We have FIRST Robotics teams competing in FIRST LEGO League (FLL) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC).
FIRST® LEGO® League is an awesome Robotics Program where teams of up to 10 kids build, program, and compete with a LEGO EV3 Mindstorms robot, while also learning about issues facing their communities, in science and engineering, and developing potential solutions. The entire competition for each year is based around a real-world problem that teams are challenged to investigate, teaching them invaluable STEM, Design, and Critical Thinking Skills.
Meanwhile, in FIRST Tech Challenge teams are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format. Guided by coaches and mentors, team members develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realising the value of hard work, innovation, and working as a team.
In 2018, the inaugural Ctrl+Alt+Del FLL team had 8 team members, participating in the FIRST LEGO League ‘Into Orbit’ season. The team began the season as 1 of 840 FIRST LEGO League teams around Australia, making it from the Wollongong Regional tournament to the NSW State tournament, and then going on to the Australian National Championship where they competed against the 70 top teams from around the country. Ctrl+Alt+Del was selected to go on to represent Australia at the FIRST World Championship in the USA in April 2019, alongside 108 elite teams who advanced to this level from the 40,000 teams around the world.
The CAD STEM Squad is all about inspiring and empowering the next generation to be the change they want to see the world, understanding that it is together we rise and make a difference. All members of the STEM Squad are heavily involved in community projects - locally, nationally, and internationally, through the work of the CAD Robotics STEMspiration Foundation (Robolink’s not-for-profit initiative, created for our students to have a launchpad from which they can use their STEM skills to give back to their community, make an impact, and inspire others).
Follow the CAD STEM Squad on Facebook to be inspired: www.facebook.com/CtrlAltDelRobotics