The CHHS First Robotics Team was founded in 2013 by Alan Freedman, former BioMed researcher, and teacher, along with 10 students, encouraging education in STEM and outreach in the community. Initially, there was very little parent support, and team structure. Currently, there are about 40 students, and we now have dedicated branches for each necessary aspect. The team is led by Mr. Riley, a former college professor and carpenter, who is currently an Earth Science teacher at Chapel Hill High School.
We firmly believe that every student has something to contribute, and so, we make it our responsibility to teach new members everything they need to know to participate in the team so no-one is discouraged by lacking prior experience. In the same spirit, we never require money from our students so that everyone feels welcome and wanted on the team, regardless of their financial situation. When we aren’t preparing for the annual robotics events hosted by FIRST, our mission is to reach out to fellow students and inspire other young minds to find their place in STEM.