A group of robotics students in Suwanee recently got a visit from one of the nation’s lawmakers.

U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Ga., visited the Ignite Robotics team Monday. The team, also known as FIRST Robotics Team 6829, is made up of high school students who are learning about technical, business and leadership skills through mentorship and hands-on engineering projects.

“The most thrilling aspect of co-chairing the House Robotics Caucus is seeing firsthand the incredible endeavors these bright young minds from our community undertake to develop their interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM),” Woodall said.

“Ignite Robotics, and programs like it, teach students to think creatively and find innovative solutions to outside the box problems.”

The students are part of the Georgia FIRST Robotics program, where high school students compete with robots they designed and built within six weeks.

Ignite Robotics finished in first place in their sub-division at the Houston FIRST Robotics Competition World Championship in April.

Ignite Robotics and other local robotics teams are housed at Geekspace Gwinnett, a community makerspace in Suwanee. During Woodall’s visit, the students showed him how they overcame obstacles while designing their robot, which is named Fahrenheit.

“Founded in the Summer of 2017 by veteran robotics students, Ignite Robotics has created an inclusive, community-based competition team that seeks to promote STEM and provide an environment to create, innovate, and inspire,” said Brian Carlson, the FIRST Robotics mentor for Ignite Robotics.

“We are grateful for Congressman Woodall’s continued support of STEM and work to bolster technology education for students in Forsyth and Gwinnett counties.”

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