Involvement in Our School
Aviation High School is very supportive of Skunkworks Robotics and we are very supportive of AHS. The school provides our team with classroom and shop facilities. AHS hosts a FIRST Lego League Challenge and provides space for us to set up a practice field for FRC teams. Skunkworks is active in the school, assisting with events and meeting with dignitaries. Members of the team (students and parents) are also involved in other school activities and clubs.
Since Aviation High School has only one other "physical" sport team, Skunkworks has become the “football team” of the school. With pep rallies and robot displays, Skunkworks is a large focus of school spirit.
Dignitaries have come to Aviation High School and met our robot and team members. These visiting dignitaries include Washington’s governor and Senator Murray, legislators, the president of Embry-Riddle, Boeing Airplane Company CEO, Jim Albaugh, Esterline CEO, Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Pathfinder Award recipients, Carolyn Corvi and Steve Fulton, and several corporate heads. They were interested in what we had learned and what impact the FIRST experience had on us. We were happy to let them know and share our stories and aspirations for the future.
Every year, Skunkworks team members help with the school’s annual fundraising dinner and auction held at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. This also gives us a chance to demonstrate our robots and show what FIRST is all about. We also auction off our team's services and skunk related items.