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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
We brought our demo robot and two small SPIKE robots. We introduced ourselves to each of the four groups of kids in turn and told them about FIRST and our robots. Then we let the kids drive the robot and play with the SPIKE bots that could turn when tapped. We gave the kids robot drivers licenses. It was very exciting to see the kids having fun and being interested in robots. Several of the kids were already in FLL and they enjoyed seeing what they could do in the future.
We had lots of fun sorting legos for all the FLL Junior kits. It is good to know that many FLL Junior teams will now have legos to use with all the things they need for the season. This event was very beneficial in its impact on these teams that will now have legos to work with for the season.
We went to the Mounds View High School STEAM Career Fair where we were introduced to different fields of study. While we were there we talked to several companies including the construction company that is currently remodeling our school. We also talked to TESLA works which is a group of makers from the U of M that provides facilities and tools for makers. After visiting the Fair, we went to see the Mounds View FRC team and got the opportunity to drive their robot.