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
We meet as a whole team every Friday and then break off into divisions. Some of the divisions (robot, notebook, and marketing especially) will need to meet at other times during week also. We do our best to accommodate as many people as possible.
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.
On October 4th and 5th it all comes together! We compete and earn points for all our different areas of participation. If we score well enough at the local level, we continue on to the regional level which is held in Auburn in early December.
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.