2023 Annual Report Cover Feature:
Wave Robotics Team 2826, based in Oshkosh, was established in 2008 with the objective of providing students with valuable science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) opportunities through the FIRST® Robotics program. Each year, students participate in the international high school robotics competition known as the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Wave Robotics has built a strong reputation within the FRC community for its teamwork and innovation and has achieved significant success in both regional and national competitions.
Since its inception, Wave Robotics has expanded its offerings to include K-12 programming in FIRST Robotics programs, camps, Lego League competitions, and other outreach initiatives. More than 40 volunteer mentors contribute their professional expertise as students of all ages come together through this competitive program.
To ensure the long-term sustainability of the program and garner support from the community, Oshkosh FIRST Wave Robotics established a Designated Fund within the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. “Our goal is to create a program that will perpetually inspire our students to develop an interest in science and strive for greater achievements,” explains Komal Mehta, a Board of Directors member for both Wave Robotics and the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. “This program is all about awareness of science, and to make it not so intimidating.”