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What is MACH Robotics?

MACH is the Mobile Area Coalition of Homeschoolers.  MACH Robotics is our local homeschool division of BEST Robotics.  BEST stands for Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology.  It is a nationwide program designed to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science, technology, and math through participation in a sports-like science and engineering-based robotics competition.

MACH Robotics is a Non-Profit organization which allows 6th-12th grade homeschooled students to participate in a 6-week long robotics competition against Public and Private Schools in the Mobile area in the fall of each year.  The 2019 year's competition begins with a kick-off on August 24th and ends with game day at the Mitchell Center on October 5th. During the 6 weeks in between, students will work together to complete certain tasks.

Here's how it works:

The team will meet in early August to vote for a president, sign up for divisions, and choose captains of those divisions.  Divisions include:

Robot – designs, builds, and programs a robot to complete designated tasks

Marketing – creates a business presentation to “sell” the robot to a panel of judges

Notebook – prepares an engineering notebook which details the making of the robot

Display – designs and builds a display detailing the work of the team and the “business”

Media – prepares a scrapbook and creates a newsletter, website, and commercial

Spirit - deals with public relations and leads team spirit on game day

In late August we will attend kick-off day at Davidson High School.  BEST will reveal the playing field for game day and let us know what tasks our robot will have to perform.

In the 6 weeks that follow kick-off, our team will become a mock company.  They will build a robot, create a presentation to sell our company's robot, design and build a display to tell all about the company and its product, design and maintain a website, film a commercial, and complete other tasks as well.

How can you get involved?

Sign up by our first team meeting in August. We would love to have your student on our team! Follow us on Facebook for updates about informational meetings and sign up deadlines.

We need parents who are gifted and/or willing to mentor each team.

We have to raise all our own funds.  It costs about $4000-6000 for the season.  Spread the word in our community and see if you can find sponsors.

Other Info:

The entire team meets every Friday 1-4:30pm beginning around the second week of August. Individual divisions may have additional meetings throughout the season. The season wraps up the first week of December.
$175 per student; $300 family maximum; We provide fundraising opportunities.
Stephanie Maples, 251-487-8435
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