Changing Lives, One Robot at a Time
GATE 6 and its executive leadership team are advocates for applied student learning of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) principles through robotics. Designing, building, testing, and competing with robots will prepare students for their future. Robotics students are able to learn and practically apply and integrate STEM, business, vocational fundamentals, and teamwork in a backdrop of friendly competition.
Georgia Robotics Alliance (GRA)
GATE 6's CEO, Michael Foley, serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Robotics Alliance. GRA is a 501(c)3 organization that is devoted to the support of STEM education efforts in the schools located in Georgia and the Southeast. The Alliance provides support for school participation in competitive programs such as the FIRST Robotics, VEX Robotics, BEST robotics, and other programs designed to increase the awareness of and interest in the technical fields among today's young men and women.
GATE 6's CEO, Michael Foley, initially got involved with FIRST Robotics in 2008 serving as a FIRST LEGO LEAGUE (FLL) Project Judge at the local DeKalb County, GA FLL Tournament. Today, Mr. Foley has been honored to hold the position as the State of GA Head FLL Project Judge since 2007 and FLL Judge Advisor since 2015. He has also served as an FLL Project Judge at the World Festival for three years. Mr. Foley shares his FLL project expertise by volunteering at the Fernbank Science Center in DeKalb County, GA to provide formal FLL project training to local Atlanta teams. Mr. Foley also has served as a a FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION (FRC) Judge since 2013 at the GA FRC District and State competitions.
Georgia BEST Robotics
GATE 6 CEO, Michael Foley serves on the Planning Committee and as a Judge Advisor for GA BEST Robotics. BEST Robotics was founded in 1993 by two Texas Instrument engineers with the purpose of engaging, exciting, and inspiring students to pursue STEM related careers. BEST Robotics also has four core objectives: Provide students with real-world engineering experience, prepare students to be technologically literate, help students develop leadership, project management, teamwork, and organizational skills, and develop students' confidence and competence through self-directed learning and problem-solving.
Georgia BEST Robotics was created in 2003 and initially run by Southern Polytechnic State University. In late 2013 it was announced by the Georgia Board of Regents that Southern Poly would be merged with Kennesaw State University, and after the 2014 season, the college no longer ran Georgia BEST. Termination of the Georgia BEST hub seemed imminent, but operations were promptly assumed up by the Georgia Robotics Alliance, with Dr. Debi Huffman of Fernbank LINKS Robotics taking over as the director. The Planning Committee, composed of 15 members, mostly BEST Robotics alumni themselves, also run and make decisions for the hub. Georgia BEST currently has 21 member teams.
Fernbank LINKS (Linking Ideas and Networking Kids with Science) Robotics Team
GATE 6 is a sponsor, and its CEO, Michael Foley serves as a mentor, of the Fernbank LINKS Robotics Team in DeKalb County, GA. Fernbank LINKS Robotics Team, founded in 2002, is committed to building robots, developing minds, and changing lives. GATE 6 fully supports LINKS and their involvement and legacy of excellence in GA BEST Robotics and FIRST Robotics.