Kell Robotics Innovation Center

FRC 1311 - Kell Robotics is opening a 3,745 sq. ft. facility in Kennesaw Georgia. Headquarters will still be at Kell High School, but the majority of resources and much activity will be at the ‘IC’.

In addition to hosting team activities, a major purpose of the facility is to train other robotics teams and other community groups in robotics and other STEM activities.

To schedule a training, invention, or other type of activity please contact Ed Barker as indicated below. There is no charge for any type of activity.

Full press release is below and can be downloaded here


Ed Barker
The Kell High School Robotics Team
Kell High School
Marietta Georgia, 30066
678-463-3887 – cell phone
[email protected]

**Kell Robotics Innovation Center to open in Kennesaw, Georgia
Kell students to learn invention, innovation and leadership skills and teach these skills to other students.

Marietta, GA, November 28, 2011 — The Kell High School Robotics Team is opening the Kell Robotics Innovation Center in Kennesaw, Georgia. Students will be able to learn about innovation and invention, and how innovation brings value to our community. The center will be open by early December, 2011.

“This Innovation Center is providing our team with a fantastic opportunity to perform public education outreach” said Carlie Schulter, Executive Director of the Kell Robotics Team. “We will be able to train our team members, and very importantly, train students from all around Georgia in innovation, robotics, inventions, leadership, business practices, and other skills that are very valuable to these students.”

The Kell team is a Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam having received a $ 10,000 grant in 2010 and is a continuing Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam for 2011-2012. The Kell team works with mentors and establishes partner relationships with professionals from industry, academia and municipalities in their communities. This past June, the team participated in EurekaFest at MIT in Cambridge, Mass. EurekaFest, presented by the Lemelson-MIT Program, is a multi-day celebration designed to empower a legacy of inventors through activities that inspire youth, honor role models, and encourage creativity and problem solving.

The Kell team is also part of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a global program created to get students excited about science and technology by enabling them to design and build interactive robots. FIRST is a not-for-profit founded by inventor Dean Kamen to celebrate science and technology via robotics competitions worldwide.

“Student interest in learning how to innovate and how to create technological inventions, robotics, and other science activities is growing at phenomenal rate here in Georgia and this facility is just what our team needs to help support the level of growth.” said Ed Barker, Program Director of Kell Robotics. “The growth rate of robotics programs is one of the highest nationally and we need this to help train all the volunteers, teachers, and students, not only in technology, but in how to run an effective sustainable student organizations, skills needed when these students enter the business world.”

This 3,745 square foot facility was made possible by a partnership between Kell Robotics and Shaheen & Co, an Atlanta area commercial real estate developer. Additional support comes from the friends and partners of the Kell Team. You can learn how to contribute to the team’s efforts by visiting

For more information about Kell Robotics, visit:

For more information about the Kell Robotics Team or about FIRST contact:
Ed Barker
Program Director
Kell Robotics
[email protected]

About The Kell High School Robotics Team

The Kell High School Robotics Team is an extracurricular activity at the Carlton J. Kell High School in Marietta Georgia. The high school is a Georgia Public school that is part of the Cobb County School District. This program complements the school’s missions by creating hands on opportunities to motivate and educate students.

Kell Robotics is not an advocacy society for robotics. The team’s mission is to create a culture where studying, participating, and achieving accomplishments in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities are celebrated.

About Lemelson-MIT
Jerome H. Lemelson, one of U.S. history’s most prolific inventors, and his wife, Dorothy, founded the Lemelson-MIT Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994. It is funded by The Lemelson Foundation and administered by the School of Engineering. The foundation sparks, sustains, and celebrates innovation and the inventive spirit. It supports projects in the United States and developing countries that nurture innovators and unleash invention to advance economic, social, and environmentally sustainable development. To date, the Lemelson Foundation has donated or committed more than $150 million in support of its mission. For more information about the Lemelson-MIT Program, visit

About FIRST®
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and $14.7 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) for high-school students, FIRST®LEGO® League (FLL®) for 9 to 14-year-olds (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S. and Canada), and Junior FIRST®LEGO® League (Jr.FLL™) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious Professionalism™ is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to

FIRST ®the FIRST logo, FTC®, FRC®, FLL® are registered trademarks, of the United States Foundation For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST). Jr. FLL™ is a trademark of FIRST.
LEGO® is a registered trademark of The LEGO Group.

Can you do one of these in northern California? Specifically San Jose? Even more specifically in Willow Glen?

Wow, sounds like a great facility! Can you share any pictures with us?

Here is a sneak peek on picture, more later

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Today was a great day.

We trained about 60 people, from four 4-H, one Boys & Girls Club, and two Future Seekers rookies team.

We gave them a brain tattoo on mechanical, pneumatic, electrical, programming, fundraising and sustainability, teamwork and teambuilding, safety and more.

Next week, another Boys & Girls Club.

woo hoo !!