Tribe Tech 4485 First Robotics Club

  • Tribe Tech #4485

    Tribe Tech Robotics Team 4485 began its FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) journey during the 2012-2013 school year. The idea of starting a team was proposed by a Danville Community High School student, David Shaw. He convinced counselor, Mike Klinker to supervise the club and bring the FIRST Robotics experience to the students of DCHS. Since its humble beginnings working out of an old photo developing classroom with little knowledge or experience with robotics, our program has developed drastically in many aspects. We now have 28 dedicated students and 9 adult mentors with diverse backgrounds that help make us a well rounded team.

    A large and vital part to our successful program is the many sponsors that have supported the team from the start. NASA was our founding sponsor and donated enough money to fund our entry fees for our entire first season. Major companies from Indianapolis such as Allison Transmission and Rolls-Royce have also provided ongoing generous donations that allow us to purchase the technology and supplies we need to compete each season. The town of Danville may be one of the biggest supporters of our robotics program. Duke Energy, Danville Optimist, Danville Education Foundation, Hendricks Regional Health, and Waste Management are some of the many local companies that donate to our robotics program.
    Tribe Tech Robotics is very involved within our community and with other FIRST teams. We have collaborated on mechanism designs with Ben Davis High School and shared parts and supplies with Avon High School. We have recently started robotics programs at elementary and middle schools in our district. Each school had over 30 participants. In addition, this past summer members Tribe Tech Robotics FRC #4485 also hosted a robotics camp for over 50 elementary age students.
    Advisor - Mike Klinker 

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