In the summer of 2013, Matthew Hyatt was entering sixth grade. He wanted to build and program a robot. Initially, he signed up to take a summer class at a local high school; however, he was told by administrators that he couldn't register due to his age. Without anywhere to turn for classes, he found online resources and learned RobotC. Then, with a small group of friends (and guidance from a few mentors), they built their first robot on a plastic foldout table in the basement of Matt's house.
In their first season, FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Team #7060, won the Lehigh Valley Regional Tournament by competing against a majority of high school students from five states. They also won the "Rookie Team" award. Since robotics competition teams did not exist in Matt’s school district, especially for kids his age, a decision was made to start a community-based program for K-12 students. With direction from Matthew and assistance from his mom, Dr. Kim Hyatt, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University, Team RobotiX became a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization through a generous donation from Eckert Seamans Law Firm.
** Matthew Hyatt, the founder of Team RobotiX, launched a successful STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) organization as a middle school student.
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Team RobotiX received start-up support from STEAM professionals in the community, especially Tim Friez, COO at Robomatter and co-developer of RobotC software. Tim served as Matthew's mentor during his younger years. Then, Team RobotiX became a Capstone Project in 2015 at Carnegie Mellon’s Tepper School of Business (via Dave Mawhinney's class) to develop the organization's business, strategic, and marketing plans. For 2017, 2018, and 2019, Team RobotiX continues to be a project at CMU’s Heinz College for Brett Crawford’s graduate marketing class. Students create flyers and presentations to encourage students from underrepresented and underserved populations to learn CAD, building, and programming skills through our community outreach summer events.
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As documented through a support letter from the director of STEM at the Carnegie Science Center, Team RobotiX interacts with 6,000 students and 150 teachers each year through.
We host workshops, STEAM field trips, robotics teams, and our "kids teaching kids" program. Team RobotiX hopes that you'll support our efforts as we continue to expand our outreach into local communities.