The Willis Junior High Firebots Robotics Team consists of twenty students divided into four competing teams of five students each. Achievements include:
Campo Verde High School Tournament Champions
Queen Creek High School Tournament Middle School Excellence Award
State Championship Tournament Excellence Award 2015 and 2017
Three time Worlds Tournament participant: 2015,2016, 2017
Our team of students is highly motivated and outperforms expectations at every turn.
The goal of the Willis Junior High Firebots Robotics Team is to keep junior high kids excited about and interested in learning in the STEM fields. Robotics is the fun hook to get them there. Beyond science and engineering principles, Participation in the Willis Junior High Firebots Robotics Team encourages the following skills.
Teamwork – The three Firebots teams share ideas and The three Firebots teams share ideas and resources, collaborate, and support each other as one team. At tournaments, team members meet with their alliance partners, discuss their strengths and capabilities,and strategize about how they can best complement each other’s skills in order to score the most points and win the match. Sometimes they find that they must work with their arch rivals.
Leadership – Each student on team takes on several roles and must make sure that various tasks are accomplished. Each team also has a project leader.
Problem solving – Students must troubleshoot and solve problems when robots aren’t working like they want them to work.
Persistence – Students must persevere through to completion, stay focused, and look for ways to solve problems.
Think Flexibly – Generate plenty of alternatives and consider all the options.
Record and Document – Teams document all meetings and work in their engineering notebooks to the specifications that are required of such a document.
Take Responsible Risks – Failure is part of the process. Students become comfortable with taking responsible risks,learning from them, and venture out of their comfort zone.
Growth Mindset – Students realize that they don’t always have all the answers and that there is always more to learn in order to be successful.
Willis Junior High
Oldest junior high in the district
900+ 7th and 8th grade students
Ethnically and socioeconomically diverse
Title 1 school - 60% of students on free or reduced meals
Offer a variety of programs to meet the diverse needs of our students