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About Davidson

        W. P. Davidson High school was established in 1960 as a four-year secondary education institution in the Mobile County Public School System. Davidson is fully accredited by SACS (Southeastern Association of Colleges and Schools).
        Davidson offers one of the most comprehensive programs available to students in Mobile, Alabama. It became the first public high school in the county to offer a full-time gifted and Advanced Placement program.
Davidson was selected as a National Blue Ribbon School in 1990 and again in 1994.
        The school's dedicated faculty and administration have won numerous awards, including several National Board Certified Teachers, State Principal of the Year, State Teacher of the Year, and a National Milken Foundation Award winner.

 
Front image shot of Davidson High School.

About EPIC

    Davidson's Robotics Program coincides with EPIC (Engineering Pathways Integrated Curriculum). Begun in 2004, this program enables students to pursue their career goals through a selection of engineering focused math and science core classes.
    While still taking part in high school activities, students work towards either an EPIC major or EPIC minor, resulting in a beneficial introduction to post secondary education.
    Because the Robotics team is so greatly influenced by engineering and technology, EPIC serves as a key supporter and sponsor to the students taking part in the competition.

 

Davidson's EPIC logo

About RobotEx

    RobotEx was founded in 2004 in Mobile, Alabama as a medical technology provider for BEST Robotics, Inc. Since then, RobotEx has expanded its enterprise to include a range of industrial and commercial applications.
    Since then, competitive contracting has led RobotEx to develop a production model dependent on current corporate objectives.
    From the separation of PCR Primers from the deoxyribonucleotides in 2004 to the collection and creation of alternative fuels in 2009, RobotEx has become a large force in the contracting industry.

 

RobotEx's 2012 logo

Consultants

    Michael Fletcher is one of the sponsors of the Davidson Robotics Team. He has been teaching for 13 years at Davidson High School. He teaches geometry, algebra II with trigonometry, pre-calculus, Math Special Topics, EPIC Infinity Project, and mentorship classes. He has won numerous national awards for his teaching excellence, and he is also a co-author of a University of Chicago geometry textbook that was published and released in 2009.

    Jenny Parker is the sponsor of the Robotics Team Notebook and Marketing Committees. She teaches geometry, pre-calculus, and EPIC Infinity Project. With a degree from the University of Alabama School of Law, Ms. Parker provides experience and insight to the team in its operations.

    Zachary Brewer is the sponsor and safety advisor for the Construction Committee. He teaches several classes at Davidson that are geared in the math and science direction. He is heavily involved in engineering projects around the school, including the Engineering the Future (ETF) program.

Mentors

    Geoff Peacock, a parent of a current Robotics member, has been volunteering with Robotics for two years.

    Roger Smith has been volunteering with Robotics for seven years.

    Greg Hickman, a former Robotics student at Davidson, attends the University of South Alabama as a mechanical engineer major. Two days a week, he teaches engineering geared classes to IB students during third period.

    Shannon Mason

    Duane Poiroux



Safety

    In order to further ensure that all team members are aware of the safety requirements for all tasks required to create the robot, Job Safety Analysis (JSA) sheets were created. These sheets clearly delineate the processes required for each task, the hazards inherent to each process, the risk level of each task, and suggested safety procedures.




 

Engineering Design Process

1. Identify the problem or design objective.

2. Define the goals and identify the constraints.

3. Research and gather information.

4. Create potential design solutions.

5. Analyze the viability of each solution.

6. Choose the most appropriate solution.

7. Build or implement the design.

8. Test and evaluate the design.

9. Repeat all steps as necessary.

 

Kaizen

    The concept of improvement in the workplace began in the United States during World War II. It began as a program known as Training Within Industry Service, or TWI. It was based off Charles Allen's four-point method. The four steps were Job Instruction, Job Methods, Job Relations, and Program Development.
    After the war, this was brought over to Japan. The process was refined, by Toyota in particular, and became what is known today as kaizen, meaning "continual improvement."
    Adopted in 2008, RobotEx has used the concept of kaizen to improve time management. It has been kept a part of the program as a standing philosophy of improvement. With this process, RobotEx will be able to meet the needs of future enterprises.

 

Corporate Wellness

    In order to keep everybody in RobotEx healty we promoted healthy eating. Healthy snacks such as apples were eaten instead of junk foods. We incorporated little bits of exercize into our work everyday. Bodies by Cindy sponsored two workouts where we exercised. There was a tug-of-war match and we broke the rope.




RobotEx's Consultant Michael Fletcher is seen jumping from one hula hoop to another for RobotEx's Corporate Wellness.

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