Our team founders met at a FLL State Championship in January 2008. One was a FLL team coach, and the other was a retired mechanical engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur who dreamed of helping to start an FRC team;
so the vision began.
Engineers of Tomorrow (EOT) FRC 2783, is a FIRST Robotics Challenge(FRC) team. EOT is a high school community team with members from 4 counties. In 10 years, it has grown from 12 students to over 50. EOT has earned a spot at the World Championships 4 of the last 5 years, earning the Chairman’s Award, 2 Engineering Inspiration, Judge’s Award, Safety and Rookie All-Star. These are the top awards in FIRST. EOT has had 6 members receive top academic awards, 94% of alumni choose STEM Careers. EOT has founded and mentor 29 FIRST robotics teams. We demo and teach STEM year-round through our community at schools, libraries, children’s centers, Scout camps, KY State Fair and Maker’s Fairs. During the summer, EOT hosts over 150 students at our programming camps, adding more each year. EOT hosts training classes for safety, tools, build, coding, and CAD. We invite other teams, scout troops and local high school groups to take part. Our reputation is one of being a leader in STEM education.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Q. Adams. Team 2783, Engineers of Tomorrow, goes to great lengths to inspire others to be all they can be. Through the ideals and mission of the FIRST program the Engineers of Tomorrow, (EOT), has been inspired to go out in our world and build a path to a better tomorrow one student, one school, one state and one country at a time. EOT is in its 10th year as a FRC team. And yes, we build things. But we are not just building robots anymore. We are building opportunities for the students in our communities. We are a strong team built on integrity and teamwork. We fund STEM teams, loan equipment and supplies, offer classes, and support our community with food and clothing drives. STEM educators look to us for guidance and leadership. We have a voice in our community and our message is clear. Through FIRST, we are here to help the students of today become the visionaries of tomorrow. EOT educates over 3,000 students every year through our program. We promote STEM at the state fair
and maker’s faire with over 400,00 in attendance. We are grateful to our sponsors and display their logos proudly. We earn $14,000 from hosting summer STEM camps. We use these funds to give back to our community by funding STEM teams, scholarships to camps and supporting local charities. EOT has also supported children’s orphanages in Central America. The Engineers of Tomorrow will continue to work hard to increase the number of students we can educate. With having our equipment needs funded, we can better use our earned money to supply robots and laptops to inner-city centers. However, before we can help others, we must train the students on our team. Our mentors work hard at passing their knowledge to our students thus confirming our team ideals of ‘what you learn, you teach’. Our team logged over 8,000 hours in outreach last year and we will continue to strive to do more.
Our program can be evaluated by the success of our team members individually, the success of our team at competitions and the students in our communities we inspire every year.
In 2016, each member received a Citation of Achievement from the KY House of Representatives for their outstanding contributions in STEM and community service. We have: •51 Members• Over 95% retention •> 8,550 hrs spent doing STEM activities •Trained in at le
ast 2 Sub-Teams:Industrial Design, CAD, Fab, Build, Systems, Safety •46 Alumni:92% college attendance•90% in STEM field•$2.9m in scholarships•6 received top scholar awards•
FRC 2783: EOT has earned a spot at the World Championships 4 of the last 5 years, earning the top Chairman’s Award, 2 Engineering Inspiration Awards, Judge’s Award, top Safety awards every year and the Rookie All-Star. We average 15-20 new members a year. 25% female.
We inspire. Introduced FIRST to 12 local schools•In 5 yrs our camps spawned 29 new STEM teams•Provide FLL camps,coach/team clinics,mentoring year round for 2 school districts:19 teams•continuing relationship with 4 youth orgs providing STEM education,clinics, demos•Demos at high school career fairs•Demos at State Fair,Makers Faire•Taught Robotics for >400 Boy Scouts>5yrs;Assist with new STEM scout prgm•Started Robotics clubs in area middle/HS•Host FLL Regional qualifier for 50 teams•Yearly food drives •Offer shop time/training in all areas to local teams, schools and clubs