Dark Matter is a community-based FIRST® Tech Challenge team of 8th-11th graders, based in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Each year we collaborate with local leaders and businesses to build a robot designed to meet the challenges of a new competitive game created by FIRST. Our next robotics season kicks off September 2021.

 

Founded in 1989, FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology”, and was the brainchild of Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway. FIRST is the world’s largest non-profit for kids robotics.

 

FIRST® Tech Challenge teams are challenged to design, build, program and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge using an alliance format. Guided by adult coaches and mentors, students develop STEM skills and practice engineering principles, while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and working as a team. Teams compete at multiple qualifiers in hopes to advance to their Regional Championship and then advance to the World Championship. More importantly, our Dark Matter team is more than robots. Throughout the season, our team members learn: Computer Programming, Electrical Engineering, Business Planning, Structural Engineering, Public Speaking,  Community Outreach & Volunteering and much more.

 

Dark Matter 14374 is a continuation of Dark Matter 10337 at Mandeville Junior High. Dark Matter transitioned to a community team in the 2018-2019 season with the help of two parent coaches. We are entering our 4th season as a community team and are grateful for the coaches and mentors that help keep our team going strong.

 

Join us in helping FIRST inspire young people to become the next generation of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals. Visit the Support Our Team page for more info.

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Dark Matter 14374 is a continuation of Dark Matter 10337 at Mandeville Junior High. We are entering our 4th season as a community team and are grateful for the coaches and mentors that help keep our team going strong.

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