The mission of FIRST Team #2451 “PWNAGE” is “Inspiring Youth Through STEM.” The goal of our team is to provide opportunities for students to develop their science, technology, engineering, and math knowledge and skills. Our students are always looking for opportunities to share our projects, skills, and ideas in communities by participating in a variety of events throughout the year. Our team is affiliated with the Youth Robotics and STEM Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.
Our current team is comprised of students from the Fox Valley area in the suburbs of Chicago. The team includes 3 home-schooled students and 32 students from 11 different high schools. PWNAGE is unique in that we are open to all interested high school students. PWNAGE members come from a multitude of communities from as far as 25 miles away from our home at Genesis Automation Inc. in St. Charles, Illinois.
Team 2451, better known as Team PWNAGE, trains students in the process of professionally building a robot while having fun, learning technical skills, business, marketing, computer applications, and mentoring others. We build robots for the FRC (First Robotics Competition) division of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). FIRST was created for inspiring youth to take on futures in science, math, and technology.Through FIRST, our members learn how to interact professionally in real world situations.Thanks to FIRST, and our main sponsor, Genesis Automation, our members learn what it means to be an engineer and what being a team player really means.
Our team's task is to inspire youth through STEM, which stands for "Science, Technology, Engineering , and Math". Keeping this in mind, we strive to actively reach out to high school students who otherwise would not have gotten an opportunity such as the one that FIRST has given structure to.
Our team knows that the United States needs students who are interested in math and science; Through the FIRST competitions, we take up the challenge in preparing math and science based thinkers. We are helping the future generations by preparing them to be the people our country will need.
The Hopi are a Native American Nation who primarily live in Arizona. The Hopi call themselves Hopitu - "The Peaceful People". This symbol signifies world to the Hopi "Cosmic Cross". The four bars represent north, south, east, and west. The shield symbol with its four circles in four quadrants means: "Together with all nations we protect both land and life, and hold the world in balance." It is of peace to yourself and others, a symbol of honor to oneself as well as to others.
The interweaving of knots are associated with eternity and all that surrounds life; past, present, and the future. Each loop is believed to be an individual and is looped or interwoven into the whole, as in life. The Triquetrous Knot (meaning "three-cornered" in Latin) is often called the "Trinity Knot". This symbol is often seen in Celtic art. According to the Christians, the Celtic Trinity Knot symbolized their faith in God being one with the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. To the Pagans, the triangle symbolized harmony and coexistence of the mind, body, and spirit. According to modern belief, the triangle stressed upon the unity of three elements in all aspects of life, like the past, present, and future; land, sea, and sky; mind, body, and soul in all dimensions. The Trinity Knot can be a symbol of perfection, each created according to mathematical formula so there is no beginning and no end.
Team "PWNAGE" has combined these two significant symbols in an effort to remind team members to treat each other with respect and dignity. It also reminds the team to be honorable and respectful to other teams. This symbol was created by the team as a reminder to always conduct ourselves in a manner consistent with "Gracious Professionalism".
If you love robotics, but can't join the program, you can still help the organization. Support our team by donating or becoming a sponsor. Robotics teams, while earning outstanding achievement awards, do have large expenses and rely on the generosity of sponsors and donations to help meet financial needs. Our team is affiliated with the Youth Robotics and STEM Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible.