Founded in 2007, the Average Joes (Team 3620) have come a long way. Starting with only around a dozen students and a handful of mentors, we were confined to only a small section of the industrial design wing. Since then, the industrial design wing has been expanded to better fit our needs. We have around 40 students and about half as many mentors. Over the years, we have worked to encourage the growth of STEM in our community; we host a District Robotics Event at our high school which allows community members to see what robotics is first hand
In our off season we enjoy working with our community by participating in various events. These events include: Relay For Life, The Berrien County Youth Fair, Maker Fair, and science fairs at the St. Joseph Elementary Schools. We mentor younger teams within the district, such as the four FLL teams and two FTC teams. Our off season projects benefit not only our individual growth but also our school and community. Last summer we made a robot out of a washing machine, which opens and fires T-Shirts, we use the washer robot for football games, fairs and even corporate events.
Many Average Joes alumni utilize the skills they learned as a part of the team in their schooling and/or work. Scholarships help students with college expenses and internships help our students prepare for the work force. Many alumni are majoring in engineering and business areas at top colleges such as Notre Dame, Michigan Technological University, Kettering and University of Michigan: Engineering. We are not only proud of our alumni, but grateful that so many of them are giving back by mentoring robotics teams and/or volunteering at FIRST events.