Linking Ideas and Networking Kids with Science
Fernbank LINKS is a middle and high school STEM organization based in Fernbank Science Center devoted to building robots, developing minds, and changing lives. Our team is made up of students from 22 different schools in the Atlanta area, including public, private, and home schools.
The mission of Fernbank LINKS is to inspire a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in our community, with a focus on introducing children and young adults to the possibilities and rewards of the STEM fields. We strive to ensure that our members develop, through education and hands-on experience, the leadership skills and technical knowledge necessary to succeed in a global community.
Science Night Out
Science Night Out is an evening packed with hands-on STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities for kids, led by Fernbank scientists, and students and mentors of the Fernbank LINKS Robotics team. Four events are held every spring at Fernbank Science Center.
FIRST Robotics Competition Team 4468
Under strict rules, limited resources, and the guidance of volunteer mentors including engineers, teachers, business professionals, parents, alumni and more, teams of 25+ students have just six weeks to build and program robots to perform challenging tasks against a field of competitors. They must also raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and perform community outreach. In addition to learning valuable STEM and life skills, participants are eligible to apply for $25+ million in college scholarships.
Fernbank LINKS has competed in FRC as team 4468 since 2013. LINKS has grown to become a Georgia FIRST powerhouse, and has gone to the world championship for the past three years in a row. They are known for their robot consistency and focus, and success in winning the Engineering Inspiration award through enormous outreach efforts.
Georgia BEST Team 97
Take plywood and a box filled with items such as PVC pipe, screws and other hardware, an irrigation valve cover, piano wire, aluminum paint grid, a bicycle inner tube, a BRAIN (BEST Robotics Advanced Instruction Node programmable platform), and something called a micro-energy chain system and try, within six weeks, to design and build a functioning machine that can perform certain, specific tasks in three minutes. What do you get?
You get BEST, a middle and high school robotics competition whose mission is to engage and excite students about engineering, science, and technology as well as inspire them to pursue careers in these fields.
Through participation in our project-based STEM program, students learn to analyze and solve problems utilizing the Engineering Design Process, which helps them develop technological literacy skills. It is these skills that industry seeks in its workforce.
Fernbank LINKS has competed in Georgia BEST since 2004, and is now the official Hub sponsor of Georgia BEST.
Johnson Research and development
Fernbank LINKS operates out of JR&D, a battery research facility owned by Lonnie Johnson, the inventor of the Super Soaker. The space is shared by 6 FRC teams and a full size FRC Destination Einstein field.
The JR&D Alliance consists of 4468 Fernbank LINKS, 4026 Global Dynamics, 3091 100 Scholars, 6023 Discbots, 6177 Atomic-Robotic-Dogs, and 5219 TeknoSquad.