HPM Demo and Tour

Demo

At this event, we went to Herold Precision Metals (HPM) to present about FIRST and demo our robot to several engineers that work there. At the beginning of the demo, we started off by presenting about our team and about the season, what FIRST is, how it works, and how to help in the FTC community. After the presentation, we demoed our robot to the engineers. We showed them how the robot works, how it completes missions, custom parts on our robot, and our EN documentation. They seemed very interested in FIRST and asked many questions about it and our robot.

Presenting about our team.

Demoing our robot to HPM engineers.

Tour

After our team demoed to HPM engineers we got a tour of their facilities. We got to see many of their advanced pieces of equipment in action like a high-powered laser cutter and a metal shaping machine. It was very interesting to see one aspect of STEM in the professional world, and our team really enjoyed touring HPM.

Touring HPM

HPM engineer showing us a metal bending machine.

Benton County Fair

We demoed our robot at the Benton County Fair for two days in a row to reach out to the community. As well as letting people drive our robot, our team also demoed two controllable FLL robots. We also talked with the FRC team and other FTC teams at the event and learned about their robots.

Showing off FLL to the people at the fair
Talking with the FRC team at the fair

Brainiac Maniacs Mentoring #1

The Brainiac Maniacs are a team we are helping transition from FLL to FTC. After presenting our FLL to FTC Webinar to them, we offered to let the teams come visit us at our HQ so we could teach them about how we work. Once we had given them a tour of our workspaces, we helped them use the FTC kit we gave them to build their first robot as well as program it using Android Studio. On the hardware side, we helped them create a basic pushbot. For software, we helped them program a basic teleop which moves the robot around using the two joysticks on the controller. It was a lot of fun to teach some of our tricks to a new FTC team and we hope to see them more in the future!

YCARE Demos

We went to three Y-Care facilities in our local school district to give a demonstration of our robot to the kids there. We introduced ourselves to each of the small groups of kids and told them about FIRST and youth robotics. Then we let the kids drive our robot from last year and play with the LEGO SPIKE bots. We gave the kids robot driver’s licenses after they finished driving our robot. We also showed them some of the inner workings and what it can do. It was very exciting to see the kids having fun and being interested in robotics and FIRST.

One of our team members showing kids how to drive the robot
Our team showing off what our robot can do to kids at the YCARE event

Library Story Time Demo

Every year our local library does several “story times” where they would read stories with kids in the community. This is our team’s 3rd year attending our local library’s summer story time. We were featured on a pre-recorded story time as robotics team members. For the story time, we demoed our robot and talked about what it could do. We then did a bit of singing and dancing with our robot! Our team also made a short video detailing the process of how we designed the robot which was featured on the stream. We had a great time and hope we will be able to do it again next year in front of an in-person audience!

Recording the story time

Computer Vision Professor Mentorship

Our team showed off our robot to Mr. Vinitsky as well as how we have used modeling this year. Mr. Vinitsky then explained the basics of machine vision and how computer recognition is much more difficult than human recognition. The last thing he told us is how to get a more accurate model for machine learning through a 3 step process. We have used modeling to detect the ring stack at the beginning of autonomous and we are working on custom models for aiming at the goals. We also mentioned volunteering and how the tournaments are completely run by volunteers and he seemed really interested.

Twin Cities Maker Presentation

For this event we presented to members of Twin Cities Maker’s board to get a membership to their workshop. There were three FIRST teams in the zoom call to present to the board members. In our presentation we discussed the FTC games this season and our last season’s robot along with what we want to do this year. We talked about how we want to create custom metal parts along with a custom chassis.

Meeting Remotely Presentation

High Tech Kids, the organization that runs our tournaments, gave our team the opportunity to present to other teams on Twitch. We discussed the various methods our team uses to get work done when we are not working in person. Our team really enjoyed putting together the presentation then presenting it, and we were glad that we could help out other teams by giving them advice. This was a lot of fun and we hope that we can present again at kickoff next season!

Mostly Operational Zoom Call

Members of our team met with a rookie FTC team, #18119 Mostly Operational, over a Zoom call. We gave them tips on different subjects they were curious about as well as some information we have learned over the years such as how to be organized and how to handle judging. Even though they were all the way in Oregon we were able to connect with them online. It was fun mentoring a rookie FTC team and we liked being able to help out people looking for advice!

Library Video Demo

Every year our local library does several “storytimes” where they invite many kids to come and read with the librarians. This year they were unable to do this in person, so they instead decided to host their storytimes online through Facebook Live. We were featured on a pre-recorded storytime as robotics team members. For the storytime, we demonstrated our robot and explained a bit about what FIRST is. We then did a bit of singing and dancing with our robot! We also made a short video detailing the process of how we designed the robot which was featured on the stream. We had a great time showing off our robot and hope we will be able to do it in person next year!