Skunk Works Robotics is a component of Raisbeck Aviation High School, located in Seattle, Washington. We are registered as Team 1983 with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). Our name, Skunk Works, is inspired by Lockheed Martin's top secret Skunk Works program, where the company designed many famous aircraft such as the SR-71 Blackbird. We have long since passed our rookie year, and strive to evolve, grow, and improve with each year.
While robotics is our passion, we, the Skunks, recognize that FIRST calls upon us to do more than just build robots. Through Skunk Works Robotics, we are active promoters of FIRST in other schools and communities. By encouraging students to pursue education and employment in STEM fields, FIRST works to preserve the country's economic strength and advance global competitiveness.
What is FIRST Robotics?
FIRST Robotics is an international organization dedicated to promoting engineering and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education in high school communities through robotics competitions. For more information on FIRST visit our About FIRST page or the FIRST website.
Skunk Works's flagship guiding philosophy is called Inspiralation. This process spreads from person to person, creating an ever-expanding spiral of people who are impacted by FIRST. It is a spiraling process of investing in new students by experiencing the spark of FIRST excitement, resulting in student inspiration. We engage that student in the structure of the team, leading them to be motivated and confident in themselves to a point where they will continue the process by inspiring their parents and other students.