MOE First Robotics Challenge

MOE365 is a local robotics team affiliated with the international organization, FIRST Robotics Challenge (FRC.)


Miracles of Engineering (MOE) is a group of students from area schools– and some who are home-schooled– in grades 9-12, lead by engineers, parents, teachers, sponsors and professionals who come together to build a team and a robot to compete in the annual FIRST® robotics competition (FRC). When a new game is unveiled each year, teams around the world have six weeks to plan a strategy and design and build their robot.

For students- many interests and talents plus an opportunity to learn new skills Students in MOE are responsible for a wide variety of roles. Before build season begins, students spend Monday nights at “MOE U” learning the skills necessary to build a robot from mentors and peers. Students learn the fundamentals of engineering, as well as required technical and safety skills. Because not every student learns every area and skill, members self-select into fields of study – electrical, mechanical, programming, or web design – and spend their time at MOE U learning all they can about those.

For mentors- opportunity to foster young talent and inspire creative thinking The majority of MOE mentors are DuPont engineers; however, there are engineers from other firms, as well as teachers, accountants, and builders who mentor the MOE team. Mentors teach and guide the students in a way that is both safe and fun.

For sponsors- confidence that you are part of something big MOE sponsors are a critical to the team. They donate goods and money necessary to build a robot, but also to help provide meals during the build season, allow for travel to competitions, and host a team website. Every year, MOE students write personal thank you letters to the sponsors, and list their sponsors on the team website. Big donors are also displayed on the robot and the team shirts!

MOE – continually striving for excellence In 2007, MOE was the recipient of the National Chairman’s Award, the highest team honor that FIRST bestows. National Chairman’s Award teams embody the spirit of FIRST in every way – showing gracious professionalism, teamwork, sportsmanship, passion for engineering and learning. Yet, with each year’s new game challenge, each group of incoming students has an opportunity to aim for and reach new goals. MOE continues to strive for excellence. Go MOE!

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