Pope High School    

Mr. Tom Flugum, Principal

Kimberly Artigas, AP|  Terri Browne, AP | Denise Danielson, AP | Eric Gray, AP | Josh Mathews, AP/AD  |  Nancy Zarbnisky, AP 
3001 Hembree Road
Marietta, Georgia 30062
Phone: 770-578-7900
FAX: 770-578-7902

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About Us

Founded in Spring 2013, the Pope Robotics Team is part of an organization called FIRST: For Inspiration andRecognition of Science and Technology. Pope Robotics is a year-round team. We're an FRC team which is the most advanced program level - this means we get to make the big 'bots.  

Our mission statement is:
Through the application of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math, the Pope Robotics Team promotes and develops teamwork and leadership using fun and creativity to inspire the community and support the growth of careers in STEAM for future generations.

Each January, teams from around the world receive a challenge that needs to be solved by a robot. From the day the challenge is revealed, we have 6 WEEKS to design, build and program a functioning robot from scratch. Several weeks after Stop Build Day, we'll attend a Regional Competition and our robot will compete with other teams from around the state and country. This was our Rookie year, and at the 2014 Regional competition, we won the prestigious "Gracious Professionalism Award". This is a major award and we were honored to have been chosen as a Rookie Team.

We spend the months of August through December doing Outreach activities (more on this later) and training so that when the challenge is released in January we can hit the ground running. We have training every week in areas such as building, electronics, pneumatics, mechanical systems, programming, the design process, and safety. We teach students how to work with shop tools such as drill presses, chop saws and lathes in addition to standard toolbox equipment. Opportunities to learn computer skills such as 3D modeling and Java are available.

BUT..... It's NOT just all about robots. 

There's a large community service aspect to the team. Part of the FIRST philosophy involves Outreach, where teams help spread the word that STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) is fun and is a path to a bright future and a successful career, in addition to helping to uplift our world. Pope Robotics does outreaches to all sorts of different people: students in elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as adults and the community at large. We also try to reach up and interact with people already employed in these exciting STEAM fields and learn all we can from them in order to be personally inspired and have a glimpse into what our futures might hold, or what careers we might want to pursue.

Students on the team also learn life skills such as interviewing skills, presentation skills, teamwork, collaboration, how to write a business plan, how to interact with professionals and more. We have students who are fantastic with marketing, creating videos, photography, writing articles for publications, press releases and web communications. We constantly work with FIRST principles such as Gracious Professionalism and Coopertition. Our mentors try to teach the students all they can about every aspect of running a well-rounded team. We have all sorts of mentors who help guide the team: mentors from the community, mentors from the business world, mentors from within Pope High School, and our talented team parents. Our mentors include engineers, architects, programmers, graphic designers, scientists, business plan writers, marketing experts, and fellow students to name a few.


First Year Success

The team had a GREAT Rookie Year Regional event!

The students did an amazing job driving, programming and building our robot. We were able to move/drive and score during every match (something not to be taken for granted). Students spoke to the judges professionally and with confidence. Our pit area was safe and well organized. Pope helped other teams who needed assistance with their robots and worked with them to get them out on the field.

Our school principal, Dr. Downs came down to cheer on the team and was our good luck charm for the first few matches.

With hard work from the students, and support and encouragement from mentors, parents and sponsors, the team earned the Gracious Professionalism Award at the Peachtree Regional!

The Gracious Professionalism┬« Award: "Celebrates outstanding sportsmanship and continuous Gracious Professionalism┬« in the heat of competition, both on and off the playing field."

  "Gracious Professionalism is part of the ethos of FIRST. It's a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.

With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions. Gracious professionals learn and compete like crazy, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process. They avoid treating anyone like losers. No chest thumping tough talk, but no sticky-sweet platitudes either. Knowledge, competition, and empathy are comfortably blended.

In the long run, Gracious Professionalism is part of pursuing a meaningful life. One can add to society and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing one has acted with integrity and sensitivity."

We're so proud of what students have accomplished in such a short time. Thank you to our fantastic students, parents, mentors and sponsors for all the hard work that went into a very successful Regional!