The Spikes #2212 is one of the first FIRST Robotics Competition teams in Israel and was founded by the students of Atid High School for Arts and Science in Lod in 2006.
The Spikes is, for the most part, a democratic team. Each year we are led by team captains who are chosen from among our senior team members. Our team is divided into 4 crews. Each one is led by the most suitable person for the position, not necessarily a senior. Every crew is in charge of aspect of our management: Mechanics, Programming, Electronics and Marketing & Community Relations. Any new team member chooses which crew she/he would like to join. Every summer, The Spikes run a week-long summer workshop to present each crew to the new team members and to teach them the basics.
Our team is student-led, the responsibility for managing the team is the students’. However our sponsors and alumni provide us with mentors who guide, teach and support us. Each mentor has some areas of responsibility, which he\she manages with the student in charge. We are very thankful for all of the mentors’ help throughout the years.
Our team is like a family and some members even say that this is their second home (or their First). Being a member in our team has many benefits. You get to know and work with new people, make friends, learn new skills, develop abilities you didn’t even know you had and have a good time!
Over the years we have won many awards. In 2016 we won the Chairman’s Award and competed in the world championship in St. Louis. Last year we won the Quality Award for our robot and the Entrepreneurship Award.
We contribute to our society in several ways. We ran a learning center in our school in which we tutor students from elementary and middle school from our city, Lod. We started The Spikes Tikes project 6 year ago. Using the Kinect sensor, We created games that assist kids with their physical therapy treatments, and make them more enjoyable. Another project is FIRST Like a Girl. In this project we create short films of girls who participated in the FIRST Robotics Competition program. They explain how the program influenced them. In addition, we help spared FIRST’s values of STEM. We mentor many FIRST Lego League, FIRST Lego League jr. and FIRST Tech Challenge teams. Moreover, we eagerly volunteer in almost all of FIRST’s events.
Our motto is: We will Graciously and Professionally Spike You!