Camdenton LASER (Laker Afterschool Science, Engineering, and Robotics) 3284 is a FIRST® Robotics team from the rural town of Camdenton, Missouri. After founding the FRC® progression in Camdenton, LASER and the Camdenton School District added the FLL®, & FTC® progressions.
LASER annually hosts official FIRST events such as Championships, Qualifiers, Expos, Meets, and off season events. In 2019, LASER started the #WalkLikeWoodie social media movement to honor the legacy of Dr. Woodie Flowers.
At the beginning of the pandemic, LASER saw the need for PPE in our community and beyond. Using donated materials and 3-D printers, 3284 assembled over 3.5k face shields which were donated to hospitals and military medics in Afghanistan.
Through Gracious Professionalism and extensive outreach, LASER continues to promote the message of FIRST on a local, state, national, and international level.
FIRST® knows "that culture shapes our basis and beliefs about people based on their age, gender, race, language, (dis)ability, or income level, often without our realization." LASER 3284 is 100% FIRST Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Training Certified, to expand the team's awareness of invisible inequities, hidden messages, and how to inspire success of team members.