Ernest Manning High School's FIRST Robotics Team, Manning Robotics (formerly Iron Manning), is made up of grade ten through twelve students interested in the fields of Engineering, Technology, Communication, Business, and Science. This unique program provides students the opportunity to design, construct and compete in high profile, innovative robotics competitions. The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) encourages students to interact with mentors and their community to further their understanding and skills in Science and Technology. Being part of Manning Robotics and FRC will prepare the students for increasing number of career opportunities available to them in the highly skilled and lucrative technology sectors of the global economy. The robotics competition develops life skills of leadership, effective communication, teamwork, and community as well as project management, financial management and business.
As high school students we get to work alongside many adult mentors with a broad range of skills. These include; programming, building, fund development, travel arrangements, and communication. During the 6 week build season of the competition we put everything we have learned into designing the new robot. Our mentors, teachers, and coaches are part of our strategy meetings, robot design and build. Together, we learn to use a combination of sophisticated hardware and software that ranges from 3D Printing to laser cutting, as well as integrating computer assisted design into designing of the robot.
Manning Robotics strives to involve as many females into STEM programs as possible. This is done because we believe that there needs to be a higher representation of female involvement in the STEM community. We often hold presentations to younger students and local Girl Guide programs in order to try to increase the interest of STEM in these communities.
It is equally important that we give back to our community. We are involved in mentoring youth in one Calgary community school, Scout’s Canada, Girl Guides, and several other new high school FRC teams. The purpose of this initiative is to excite younger children in the world of Science and Technology, and teach valuable employment and life skills.