Checking-In With the Designers of the Future

In early December we shared with readers our work with a local high school robotics team. If you haven’t had a chance you can check out that article here. As we edge closer to the robotics competition deadline we wanted to check-in with The Streakers and see how they are doing.

Streakers_Visit.jpgCheck-In With The Streakers

Madison High School’s robotics team, The Streakers, are moving forward with their venture. Through the leadership of Dean Wadd, their instructor, and Torque’s own Jeff Kolasinski offering technical advice, the team has been working on their design while earning, growing, and developing new skills. The AWT Foundation’s RoboBots competition is scheduled for April 30th, leaving our team with precious weeks left to finalize their battle bot.

The AWT Foundation

Streakers_Visit_4.jpgThe students from Madison High School are lucky to compete in such a fun and challenging program. The AWT Foundation has brought the program to our community from the National Robotics League and follow their rules and regulations.

Through the process of robot building, students’ imaginations are captured as they design, build and compete with their own robotic creations; and through this hands-on effort, gain practical knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – all essential skills for manufacturing.

With an emphasis on exposing students to real world manufacturing skills, the AWT RoboBots program also strives to teach students a range of more general skills as well. Some of the additional items students are expected to learn are:IMG_0803_2.jpg

  • Work positively and ethically
  • Manage time and projects effectively
  • Multitask
  • Participate actively, as well as be reliable and punctual
  • Present oneself professionally and with proper etiquette
  • Collaborate and cooperate effectively with teams
  • Respect and appreciate team diversity
  • Be accountable for results

You can contact us to learn more about our community involvement or to inquire about outreach opportunities. If you are interested in sponsoring the Madison Streakers at this year's competition, please contact Dean Wadd, the teams's faculty leader, at

This post was published on February 25, 2016 and updated on March 20, 2023.

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