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Engage, Inspire, Impact

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Our History

The WorBots first entered FRC in 2012 with less than one dozen members and limited resources. Tom Karns, a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) teacher at Worthington Kilbourne High School, believed the program would give students an environment in which they would be able to realistically apply technical skills learned in class. The team’s first-ever competition was the Buckeye Regional in Cleveland, Ohio, where we ended up ranked in spot 43 out of 59 teams. In the years since the team has tripled in size and has been able to advance far in Regional Events. In 2018 Power Up, the team was able to qualify for the first time for the Championship Event in Detroit, Michigan. The WorBots’ abilities continue to improve, and the team’s future seems more promising than ever.


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FIRST is an international organization that uses competitive robotics to promote science & technology. FIRST allows high school students to work alongside professional mentors to learn engineering, marketing, animation and business skills.


Get Involved

Students from across Central Ohio are welcomed to the WorBots regardless of previous experience or knowledge. Together as WorBots, we annually create an internationally competitive program fostering knowledge and capabilities alongside industry professionals and mentors—preparing the future of STEM in Ohio.

Regional Impact Award Winners

As a culmination of our community involvement efforts to fulfill our mission of cultivating a culture of STEM in Worthington, Ohio by engaging, inspiring, and impacting our community, we were honored with the Regional FIRST Impact Award at the Buckeye Regional in 2023 and 2024. This represents the tireless effort of our team to change the tide of STEM through countless outreach events, community service initiatives, and hours spent advocating for the future of STEM education within our community.

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