Team SWAG 4060
Team SWAG, FIRST Robotics Competition team 4060, is a nationally sanctioned after-school club at W.F. West High School in Chehalis, Washington. Founded in 2011 by Clifton White, our team receives tremendous support from the school administration and the community around us.
What is FIRST?
FIRST is an organization aimed at inspiring high school students to pursue careers in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). It is a worldwide organization created by Dean Kamen in 1989. FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. Team SWAG aims to further FIRST's message of celebrating science and technology throughout our community.
Our team name is SWAG, which stands for Students With A Goal. As the acronym suggests, the W.F. West robotics team comprises Students With A Goal to promote collaboration among scientists and encourage a spirit of friendly competition. We show respect towards our team members and competitors alike, and integrity in our every action. Our team aims to create a robot which will be successful in the annual FIRST Robotics Competitions. Team SWAG hopes to thrive at the international level and become champions!
Beyond build season, we aim to expand our community's appreciation and celebration of STEM fields through many programs. Team SWAG is from a small high school in a rural area. Before our team's formation, our town had very little in the way of science education. Since our team's inception, we have transformed our town. Our programs in the school and community include:
As a result of Team SWAG's exemplary science and engineering work, our high school was named a Washington State STEM Lighthouse School. As a Lighthouse School, we mentor schools throughout the state, improving science education. Despite being from a small, rural town with little science background, Team SWAG 4060 has been able to transform our community into one that respects and celebrates engineering. Our work has improved our school, town, and state, showing the true power of a passion for science.
We hope to:
Team SWAG comprises high school students who receive unparalleled opportunities in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), areas which usually do not receive much focus in a typical curriculum.
Students of all kinds have a place on the team. Those who are mechanically minded work on the drive train while others, more familiar with computer languages, are in charge of programming. Eyes for design are employed by the CAD or SolidWorks Team. We focus on more than the robot, however. We encourage students in leadership, marketing, team spirit, and outreach so that we can have a presence in the community.
Clifton White founded Team SWAG in 2011 and is our primary mentor. He teaches physics and robotics at W.F. West High School. As a result of his patience and dedication, our team has achieved much success.
Candace Chaney helps with the business side of our club. She works with students to coordinate fundraisers, apply for grants, plan for competitions, and track our finances. She has assisted our team since our rookie year and has become an invaluable asset.
Jason Smith works at National Instruments, a software company. One of our programming mentors, he advises students on coding and design for the robot. He has worked with Team SWAG since the 2012-2013 season.
Michael Holst assists the team with organization. He keeps Team SWAG updated on rules and regulations as well as keeps an eye out for competition.
Gary Klein, an exceptionally intelligent and practical bicycle tycoon who studied engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has been a mentor to our club since our rookie year. He has assisted Team SWAG in many ways, namely in helping our designs for the robot become a reality through the use of his shop.
Kerry Shafer mentors the team in robot construction. He helps students use the tools and machinery necessary for building a winning robot. He teaches auto shop and mechanics at W.F. West. He has worked with Team SWAG since our rookie year.
Randy Smith is the team's shop mentor. He helps students use the CNC machine, the shopbot, and other advanced machinery. He teaches shop classes at W.F. West. He has been a mentor to our team since the 2014-2015 season.
2011-2012 Season Summary
2012-2013 Season Summary
2013-2014 Season Summary
2014-2015 Season Summary
2015-2016 Season Summary
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