We are excited to welcome new members onto our team!

Our Vision

We aspire to inspire others to explore the world of engineering through participation in the GearCats, FIRST Robotics Competition Team 6500. Our commitment is to the students of Millbrook High School and its system of feeder schools.

The GearCats are modeled on the team approach to solving problems confronted by professional engineers, designers, software developers, architects, marketers, and financiers every day. The team is mentored/coached by adults from industry and supported by Millbrook faculty.

Each year we will not only compete against other FIRST teams across the state but also introduce robotics and engineering and spread STEM to students in elementary and middle schools. Our goal is the create a multi-cultural team that builds character, inspires creativity, and insists on gracious professionalism.

Where else can high school students explore problem-solving in such a realistic way?

Whereas we are committed to being a public school team, we embrace the ideas of diversity and inclusion. We know we won’t have unlimited resources and must be creative in our approach. We accept the challenge of inspiring the next generation of students and take pride in representing our school at competitions across the state and in the community.

In order to succeed, the GearCats relies on all three sides of the triangle:

GearCats Team   | Parent Board   | School Administration

Team members are expected to attend regular meetings, build sessions, and competitions. Participate is vital to building a team atmosphere to develop a functional robot. During build season (Jan – March)  After build season, two to three competitions will take place in March and April on weekends. 

Parents are asked to pay a fee for each family team member. Team 6500 depends on these membership fees to support the team and all proceeds are used for that purpose. This one-time payment covers registration for all events and a competition T-shirt for your child.

We try to make this as easy as possible and understand that some families may need to spread the cost out over two payments. Another option is for you or your child to raise half of the money through fundraising, employer matching funds, writing a grant or finding a sponsor. Ultimately, the goal is to guarantee participation by any student at Millbrook, so if none of the options work, of course, we have scholarship opportunities.

An online portal will be provided for your convenience. Please help the team by covering the cost of processing the payment to the team will get the full benefit of your membership. You will be given the option to do so on the final payment page.

If financial aid is needed, please email bmamel@wcpss.net for information.

The board will consider scholarship requests on a case by case basis. If you chose to give a full scholarship, it will be given anonymously unless you designate otherwise by emailing Tim McKay at tim@timmckay.com.