Support the Mechanical Dragons

Thank you, we are very grateful for your support! Be sure to list FRC Robotics in the “How would you like your donation to be used” section.

What is First Robotics?

MechDragOur mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

– First Robotics Mission Statement


First Robotics is an important and internationally recognized competition in which teams of students spend six weeks constructing game playing robots to compete in a competition. Students are given strict rules, specific timelines, and rigorous goals to complete. Our students are excited to form a First Robotics Team this year and compete in the 2015-2016 competition.

Our Team

The AISU Mechanical Dragons is a team that was formed by a group of students brought together through their passion, dedication, and commitment to STEM and FRC. We now have 18 student members, 2 staff mentors, and are currently looking for new mentors and sponsors.

Kate Youmans, Director Project Based Learning and CTE

Screen Shot 2015-09-08 at 10.23.09 AM Prior to joining AISU, Kate spent 7 years working in the medical device industry after completing her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  Working for leading companies such as Johnson and Johnson, she developed a variety of surgical instruments from initial conceptualization to product launch.  In 2010, Kate decided to pursue her passion in a more formal way, joining the Office of Engineering Outreach Programs at MIT as their Manager of Middle School Programs.  In this capacity, she lead two academic enrichment programs serving over 120 students from Boston and the surrounding communities. In 2014, Kate earned an M.Ed. in Science Education from Boston University and completed her student teaching in an 8th grade Physical Science class.  Kate is passionate about providing students with the inspiration and 21stcentury skills needed to be successful in future science and engineering careers.

Contact Kate:

Aaron Burton – CTE Teacher

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Upcoming Events

Robot Rocket Rumble – December 12th

Robot Rocket Rumble is an Ames event that will be held on December 12th. AISU will be competing in this event against several other local FRC Teams.

Build Season Kickoff – January 9th

The FRC build season kickoff event will be held on January 9th at Hillcrest High School.

FRC Competition – March 16th-19th

The FRC Competiton will be held March 16th through the 19th at the Maverik Center.

Get Involved

Become a Sponsor or Mentor

If you’re interested in becoming a sponsor for the AISU Mechanical Dragons, contact anyone of the people below. We would love to come and do a presentation for you or your company on our team and our goals.

If you have technical experience and want to get involved in our team, contact us and become a mentor. Mentors provide technical experience and help to our students during the competition build season.

Kate Youmans, Director of Project Based Learning and CTE
Contact Kate:

Austin Miles, Community Liaison
Contact Austin:

Finn Kelly, Team Lead
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