Due West Robotics is a 501(c)(3) created to provide opportunities for youth in the Due West area to New seasons begin every July. If you have a child (ages 6-14) that you think might be interested, please like our page and message us with your contact information.
Workshops will be provided in the Spring and Summer to raise money and teach kids basic robotics.
Operating as usual
Season 11 for Due West Robotics and FIRST LEGO League. Another wonderful group of kids and awesome parents/coaches representing our area.
We had another wonderful group of young people that rocked the last of our FLL workshops! Special thank you to the coaches and team members that helped run the workshops!
Day 1 of summer robotics workshops in the books! Great group of students learning Python to program robots.
There are 4 openings left for the Wed/Thur evening workshop. All others are full. These are next week! Click the picture for more information and how to register.
Evening Summer Workshops June 6/7...June 8/9
Proud of these incredible seniors who are going to do great things!
Summer Workshops June 6/7...June 8/9
THANK YOU! You all are THE Best! Three weeks ago we had to start fundraising to get this team to the World Championship.
With the high cost of travel and shipping, short time frame to raise funds, and being in a rural area we didn't know if we could afford to make this happen. Between fundraisers, sponsorships, donations, and team member contributions we did it!
Tuesday, THE DUE WESTERNERS ARE HEADED TO THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP to compete with the best of the best. Your generosity will provide an experience these young people will never forget and open their eyes to even more possibilities. THANK YOU!
Note: we are still accepting donations...any and ALL money beyond the team's expenses will be used to grow the program.
Help our rural high school robotics team get themselves, their robot, tools, and equipment to the World Championship. The team earned their bid to Worlds after winning the Rookie All-Star Award at the Electric City Regional. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to compete with and meet the top teams from around the world!
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Yeehaw! Our highschool team, The Due Westerners, is heading on the trail to Knoxville today. This is their final 3-day Regional competition before Worlds. These images seemed like a fitting way to say good luck and don't die of dysentery!
Thank you Bosch! They paid the $5,000 team registration for Worlds! We are 31% to our fundraising goal. The team heads to Houston for the World Championship April 19th (3 weeks away)! All help, support, and shares is greatly appreciated! https://www.gofundme.com/f/duewesterners
World Championship Bound!!! Our high school team advanced to the FIRST Robotics FRC World Championship!!! Please help The Due Westerners get to Houston April 20-23.
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Thanks to all for always supporting our teams! Like our high school team's page Due Westerners to keep up with their antics. They have outperformed expectations and we believe there is more in store from these young men and women!
Good luck to our Due Westerners!
Joel of the Due Westerners led a successful FRC Java programming workshop and interest meeting. Some FLL students helped build and test the robots ahead of time. Thanks to FIRST for the grant kits to allow us to show students exactly how they would program a big FRC robot on a smaller scale! High school team applications are now being accepted
Coach Lydia couldn't be at practice today, so the Squishy Unicorns wanted to send you some Christmas cheer. The kids miss you and can't wait until you get back!
The ending of an era and the beginning of another. The Nacho Average Doritos and Guacamole Wackamoles season ended at Regionals yesterday. Proud of our Nachos who won 2nd place in Innovation Projection Project and Guac finished in the top 5 for robot missions!
This is Nachos final season as they graduate out of FLL while leaving us with some great memories, community involvement, and successes. These young people are going to do great things going forward!
This was Guacamoles first "in-person" season. They are already making a name for themselves and have the makings of an incredible team for the future.
We are so thankful for the coaches that volunteer many, many hours to help these teams learn STEM and life skills. Thank you Sara Wojtkowski, Alena Chadwick, Marty Patterson, Lauren Turner, and Amy Patterson! You have a great impact on these kids!
Ethan and Savannah introduced local 4th graders to engineering careers and showed what they learned in robotics over the past 9 seasons. They brought their team's FLL robot from the 2017 world championship, an FTC robot from 2019, and their team's FRC robot from last season. They graduate this year, but looks like a classroom full of kids ready to follow in their footsteps!
Thanks to all that came out to our 3D printing demo/workshop today. Hope you learned something interesting and may be interested in joining our high school robotics team! NEXT Wednesday @ 4pm team members will show how they program their robot with Java. We will have multiple minibots for you to try programming if you like. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. These sessions are created and led by our students and the minibots are provided thanks to a FIRST Grant!
FREE 3D printer demonstration and mini-workshop this Wednesday @ 4pm at Erskine College. Our FRC team is looking for high school students interested in learning more about joining our robotics team. No commitment necessary.
We had an amazing time participating in the Due West Christmas parade this afternoon. We were also blessed to be joined by some staff and alumni of Carver School. We are celebrating the past while looking forward to our future! Special thanks go out to our float committee volunteers who did a spectacular job!
Please help us get the word out!
Thank you to everyone that stopped by our booth at the Due West Market in the Park. Thank you for all the donations to help support Due West Robotics! So many great things are happening and in the works!
Today the Nacho's took a field trip to King Family Farm to talk about their innovative project with a cattle farmer! While there we got to meet MooMoo who agreed to test our product (he liked it so much he tried to eat it!)
Today our FRC team The Due Westerners hosted the first in-person FIRST LEGO League competition in the state of South Carolina in the past year and a half plus an in-person FTC event.
Thanks to all of the teams and coaches around the upstate that competed, you are off to an amazing start this season.
Thanks to Erskine College for providing a great venue (special thanks to Mark Peeler and Cynthia Myers).
Thanks to FIRST SC leadership for helping today and leading the way in making this possible (special thanks to Catherine Zende, Kyle Wolfe, Sarah Gorday, Terry Shephard, and Dr. Trish Hayner).
Thanks to all the local high school students and alumni that did an incredible job keeping things running and supporting every part of this event (special thanks to Savannah, Ethan, John Paul, Joel, Daniel, Clara, Georgia, Alex, Dakota, and John).
Special thanks to the Nacho Average Doritos FLL team who not only competed, but helped setup until nearly 11pm the night before AND helped teardown for two hours after the competition).
Thanks to Denise Todd, Kathy Crawford, and Mamas Sweet Shoppe for making sure all of our volunteers were fed.
Thanks Representative Gagnon for coming out to encourage the kids and to see what they are up to. Rep. Gagnon has been a great supporter of education and STEM for our area.
Thanks to Kristi Smith and Abbeville First Bank who gave a $1,000 donation to Due West Robotics helping us continue serving students in our community! They do so much in our local communities.
Last but not least, thank you to the incredible Mrs. Sara Wojtkowski who led and coordinated this event. Sara has been an integral part of Due West Robotics (as parent, coach, Christmas float, event coordinator, and current Vice President) for years. She pulled off another great event that sets the stage for the return of in-person Robotics competitions in SC.
Did you know that Due West Robotics will be 10 years old in March? Yesterday, Due West Robotics took a bold step towards our vision for the next 10+ years. We officially purchased the old Carver School property in Due West.
"All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." -- Walt Disney
Like our page to stay up to date about our plans and for opportunities to provide feedback and input into the future and the history of this property.
The Nacho Average Doritos are hard at work on their innovative project! They've been blessed with great information and feedback from Katherine Helms from the SC Pork Board, and Lindsey Craig a Clemson Extension Livestock Agent. Thanks for your help ladies!
Mrs. April came to listen to the Squishy Unicorn's hat design. Many of you may know Mrs. April from Wired Treats or her incredible laser cutting work at Commercial Printing & Graphics. Our robotics team members also know her as a former robotics coach and the "Hat Lady" who has made team hat and scarf designs come to life for many years. She is one of the most creative, talented, generous, and supportive people we know. Thank you for everything you do in the community!
Robots are fun, but learning about potential careers, talking to professionals, and being inspired by businesses and the people that make them go is an important part of what we do. Thank you Stoll Industries for treating our 4th-8th grade teams to a grand tour of your facilities and talking to them about issues with packaging, cargo, and transportation (which goes with this season's theme "Cargo Connect").
Come out and see us today at the Due West Fall Festival! We'd love to show you what we do, and give folks an opportunity to sign up for more information! We will be here until 1 today. 🤖
Don't forget 🐕🐈⬛!
Help us help the local shelter! One of our FLL Teams, the Nacho Average Doritos is collecting donations of paper towels and pet toys to help the Abbeville Animal Shelter. Our donation box can be found in Mama's Sweet Shoppe here in Due West 🍩. More details can be found in the video below.
Our 10th season has officially begun! We had our FIRST LEGO League kickoff party today and are excited about the new robotics season themed Cargo Connect, sponsored by Amazon! These amazing kids are ready to do their thing.
Proud of our Due Westerners! They had a great time and learned a ton at their first in-person event this past weekend. They were 6-5 in qualifying matches and were selected as an alliance partner in the finals. Very good showing for a rookie team that had to find creative ways and learn how much strategy there is in each match. We are grateful for all the tips and help that veteran teams and coaches gave to our team throughout the weekend. And a huge thank you to FIRST South Carolina for putting on this awesome event! Looking forward to many more
What a wonderful preseason trip to Savannah. Parks and site seeing...team bonding...a live Amazon Warehouse and Engineering tour/Q&A...boat tour of the port...private police escort tour inside the Georgia Ports Authority...baseball game with a special visit from the coach and the team...Tybee Beach with starfish galore...garbage can nachos...and taste testing calimari before telling the kids what they were eating :) An incredible experience for everyone involved. Thank you Sara for leading the way and organizing this and to all the coach/parent chaperones that made this experience possible.
Had an amazing week with a great group of kids in our summer workshops! These kids learned about machines, robots, and coding, all while having fun! Can't wait to see what these kids do next. The future is bright!
Awesome! Sponsors of Amazon, Disney, FedEx, Qualcom, and others are looking to make next season epic! The season starts in the Fall and the theme for all levels has been released (see video below). In June, Due West Robotics and the Greenwood Arts Center are hosting summer robotics workshops for grades 4-8! Sign up for a fun camp that can impact your child's future! There will be other opportunities for students K-12 to get involved! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9OvFDkA6qU
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Three original team members strike a pose like it is 2012. My how they have grown up over the past nine years. Great futures ahead!
Shout out to our first female FIRST Dean's List Finalist who is now competing at the national level! Super proud of everything she has accomplished over the past 7 years. She is going to go on to do great things.
Summer Workshop Announcement: Click the link for more info and for how to sign up your children!
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