WHO ARE THE PIGMICE?
In 2008, a group of committed students, parents and teachers launched a new FIRST Robotics team at Cleveland High School. Many of the students leading the effort came from the 2007 FIRST Lego League Robotics World Champion team from Winterhaven Middle School, called the “Pigmice.” Building on this successful tradition and choosing to incorporate the playful name, the team continually works to make southeast Portland a hub for K-12 robotics education in Oregon. Since 2009 the Pigmice have been competing at the high school “varsity” level: FIRST Robotics Competition, where students receive regular mentoring from local engineers and industry professionals as they design and build robots that meet specific competition challenges.
We, the Pigmice, based at Cleveland High School in Portland, Oregon are a close-knit family of students, mentors, coaches, and parents who are dedicated to teaching young people abilities that are vital for success in the real world. Our primary mission is to inspire innovation, encourage creative thought, and foster a community that allows for the development of well-rounded life skills including self-confidence, communication, and leadership for all students who are part of the team. We choose to compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition because we believe it is the best opportunity available for our team to accomplish our mission.