We are a homeschooled FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics team from Maryland. Being homeschooled, we don’t have a school supporting us financially, so we are completely self-funded. We have successfully become a 5O1(c)3 non-profit team. In our first year, we barely managed to have a robot built. Since then we have grown and learned the ropes, and have made it to the state championships every year, even making it all the way to the world championships in 2012.
The organization that owns the team, AAHRG (Anne-Arundal Homeschool Robotics Group is a 501(c)3 non-profit, so any donations to us are tax-exempt.
AARHG. Inc Philosophy
AAHRG, Inc. is guided by the following:
1. Enjoyment -- We will emphasize the enjoyment of learning and growing in abilities.
Specifically: being part of a team, building and programming a great robot, learning
engineering, financing, budgeting and administrative processes.
2. Skill Development -- All team members will be encouraged to learn and develop
skills by competent coaches and mentors. Each team member will be asked to stretch
in new areas to support the team. Conscientious task completion is a key component
to building a better team and personal development.
3. Character -- Emphasis will be placed on integrity, humility, selflessness,
perseverance, and metabolizing success, failure, and disappointment as equally
important learning experiences.
4. Sportsmanship -- Respect will be shown to all officials and to the students and
coaches on all teams, especially to those of opposing teams. Gracious
professionalism will be our guiding ethos.
5. Relationships -- Emphasis will be placed on encouraging one another and guarding
against hurtful words and unloving criticisms spoken to or about one another or about other teams. We will compete fiercely and help others along the way.
6. Equality -- Since treating each student with honor and growing in learning is more
important than winning, each team member will be given an opportunity to learn the
skills needed to build and program the robot as well as the business skills needed to
run a team. It will be the team member’s responsibility to seize these opportunities and learn topics independently to advance in his/her understanding of the material.
7. Encouragement – Team members, coaches, mentors, and parents who come as
spectators to the competitions will be expected to speak to the students in positive, affirming ways and not to use negative cheering or language directed toward opposing teams, coaches, or referees.
Competition is included in FIRST as a
catalyst for innovation.