The Week 5 update for Spruce Mountain Area Robotics Team 3930 (SMART) was written by Madison Lecowitch.   

It’s now week 5 of build season and everyone on the team has been hard at work finalizing projects.

Build team has been spending valuable time assembling our final details on the robot, while programming team has been busy installing encoders and sensors on the robot. We have also begun practicing driving our robot, which is crucial to doing well at competitions. On the media and communications side of the team, my teammates have been designing t-shirts, tutus, and buttons for our shirts.

As business captain, I have spent the last three weeks writing the entrepreneurship essay. The entrepreneurship award goes to the team which exhibits a keenness for the businessman’s state of mind. Through the essay, we must demonstrate how as a team we define, manage, and achieve our team goals for the season.

For all four years of my high school career, I have been a part of 3930. I have gained so many valuable lessons in life through this program. It has taught me the principles of hard work, reliability, and team effort. Being a part of a group of talented students and mentors who want to gain knowledge and better themselves is an amazing experience.

SMART Mission Statement from our business plan: SMART Robotics strives to encourage students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM). Through our program, we aim to build relationships between the students, mentors, school faculty, businesses, and families in our community.


The program prepares our students to advance into the next generation of highly skilled workers. Student’s understanding of the STEAM concept is fundamental to capturing highly skilled positions in the workforce.

Team 3930 is designed to motivate students in the Spruce Mountain School District to challenge themselves to take on a more difficult and demanding career path. We strive to spread the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) message to other communities through mentoring new teams and promoting the FIRST ideals.

Our team’s success is contingent on everyone working together to achieve the same end result of acquiring successful future careers in STEAM.

One team from the Spruce Mountain Area Robotics Team 3930 focuses on spirit at FIRST Robotics Competitions. The students on this team create buttons, banners and other materials to support all teams during matches. Creative uses of materials normally used for other purposes, such as the pool noodles seen here, is often part of this team’s work. (Courtesy photo)

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