About Us

About Wave Robotics

Wave Robotics was started in 2008

Wave Robotics was started in 2008 with the goal of providing STEM based opportunities to students through the FIRST Robotics program with the intent of bringing students back to the local area as they entered employment.  

Since then Wave Robotics has expanded to offer K-12 programming in FIRST programs, camps, and different outreach and demonstration initiatives.

There are over 150 students and 40 volunteers engaged in Wave Robotics program offerings each year with thousands more additional students impacted with our outreach and Lego League competitions.

The program steadily expanding to offer new program offerings which means that we are always looking for all sorts of volunteers  to help us make these program a reality for students.  Please visit our contact page for more information.

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Vision/Mission of Oshkosh FIRST

Wave Robotics' vision and mission

Vision

To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.

Mission Statement

Wave Robotics is a family of students, mentors and supporters who wish to inspire by providing a safe, fun, and enriching environment.  Members of Wave Robotics work together as a team to reach beyond the norm by providing opportunities not found in the the classroom through community outreach and engaging educational STEM projects.

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Wave Robotics' Creation

Wave Robotics was originally created through FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)

Wave Robotics was originally created through FIRST.  Founded over 25 years ago by inventor Dean Kamen, FIRST has attracted more than 250,000 youth and more than 100,000 mentors, coaches, and volunteers from 75 countries.

First Robotics challenges teams to work with mentors, students, and community leaders.  Each year teams work year round to to train for a challenge where teams have just six weeks to design, build, and test their robots to meet the season’s engineering challenge. Teams participate in regional competitions with winners advancing to the World Championship. 

FIRST students are eligible to receive over  $18 million in scholarships from some of the finest science and engineering schools in the country.

More information on FIRST and these programs can be found at the FIRST website.

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Awards

Wave Robotics has won many awards

2016

Minnesota North Star Regional:

Excellence In Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi

Regional Finalist

Wisconsin Regional:

Quality Award sponsored by Motorola Solutions Foundation

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2015

Championships:

Hopper Division Winner

Excellence In Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi

World Finalist

Minnesota North Star Regional:

Regional Chairman's Award

Regional Winner

Wisconsin Regional:

Excellence In Engineering Award sponsored by Delphi

Woodie Flowers Finalist Award - Bill Goral

Regional Winner

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2014

Northern Lights Regional:

Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen

Quality Award sponsored by Motorola

FIRST Dean's list Finalist - Melissa Daniels

Regional Finalist

Wisconsin Regional:

Industrial Design Award Sponsored by General Motors

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2013

Northern Lights Regional:

Regional Finalist

Regional Chairman's Award

Wisconsin Regional:

Quality Award Sponsored by Motorola

Regional Finalist

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2012

Championships:

Archimedes Division Finalist

Lake Superior Regional:

Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen

Regional Finalist

Wisconsin Regional:

Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen

Regional Winner

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2011

Championships:

Curie Division Finalist

Midwest Regional:

Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox

Regional Finalist

Wisconsin Regional:

Regional Winner

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2010

Minnesota 10,000 Lakes Regional:

Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox

Wisconsin Regional:

Imagery Award in honor of Jack Kamen

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2009

Minnesota 10,000 Lakes Regional:

Creativity Award sponsored by Xerox

Highest Rookie Seed Award

Rookie All Star Award

Regional Winner

Wisconsin Regional:

Rookie All Star Award

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Alumni

What are the alumni of Wave Robotics up to?

Our alumni are 

Attending college at...

Fox Valley Technical College

Johns Hopkins  University 

Michigan Technological University 
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Purdue University
Rockhurst University
University of North Dakota
University of Wisconsin - Madison
University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
University of Wisconsin - Platteville
University of Wisconsin - Stout  
Military Service

Majoring in...

Air Traffic Control - Minor in Computer Programming 
Biomedical Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Forensic Science & Chemistry
Industrial Technology Management  - Construction Management
International Business, Spanish, Accounting
Mechanical Engineering 
Physics                     

What do you remember most about your Wave Robotics experience?

"The hilarious time spent building the robot into the morning hours"

"Spending time with my dad to write the scouting program for the team, it was what made me interested in getting a programming minor."

"Going to championships my senior year and going to IRI senior year and winning it."

"First year going undefeated in MN."

"I will never forget all the great memories and friends I made while I was member of Wave Robotics."

"Being a part of everything and becoming who I am."