Welcome to Copperhead Robotics!
Copperhead Robotics is FIRST Robotics Competition Team 401 from Christiansburg, Virginia. As part of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) we strive to fulfill their mission of inspiring young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
Team 401 exists as a partnership between the four Montgomery County Public School system high schools and the Virginia Tech School of Education. Copperhead Robotics student members earn high school credit for participating with the team while working with engineering students from Virginia Tech. The Virginia Tech Schools of Education and Mechanical Engineering offer a senior level course, allowing college mentors to earn credit for helping the team.
This is the official calendar for FRC Team 401. Here, you can check on what we have been up to and where we will be going in the future!
In 1999, Copperhead Robotics was founded by eager and enthusiastic FRC alumni attending Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. One of the first “second-generation” teams, (teams founded by FIRST alumni), Team 401 has stood strong for over 15 years as one of over 5000 teams participating in the FIRST Robotics Competition.
This program is a unique educational collaboration between Montgomery County Public Schools and the Virginia Tech School of Education. Team 401 brings together high school students and university engineering students to investigate the math, science and engineering principles behind the design and fabrication of a semi-autonomous robot to be entered in an international competition!
Team 401 has grown, changed and evolved very dramatically over the years, here's an overview of how.
"FIRST is more than robots. The robots are a vehicle for students to learn important life skills. Kids often come in not knowing what to expect- of the program nor of themselves. They leave, even after the first season, with a vision, with confidence, and with a sense that they can create their own future"
- Dean Kamen, Founder of FIRST
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.
FIRST is More Than Robots. FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21 st century work-life skills.
The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
FIRST At a Glance
What is FIRST Robotics Competition?
Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of 20 or more students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team. Each season ends with an exciting FIRST Championship.
Want to find out more?
Check out the FIRST website (www.firstinspires.org) for more information on getting involved or starting a team!
Here at Team 401, we make use of many different resources that are available on the web. We thought we'd share them with you so you can also take advantage of them. We would also like to thank all those who have created these wonderful resources, and send out thanks in advance to all your future hard work!
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Check out ours photos from build season, demonstrations, outreach events, and competiton!
2016 - World Championship
2016 - Chesapeake District Champs
2016 - Doswell District Event
2016 - Blacksburg District Event
Team 401 couldn't exist without help from our wonderful sponsors!
Thanks to our sponsors, students from all over Mongomery County Public Schools can participate in a unique program which offers real world engineering experience alongside professionals.
2016 - Sponsors
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Team 401 Shop
Christiansburg High School
100 Independence Boulevard