Community Outreach is a key part of our team activities in the 2017-18 season. Our team outreach focuses on connecting with kids in our community to get them interested in robotics, engineering, STEM, and especially FIRST. Getting to share our robots with kids gets them excited about science and technology, preparing them to become the next generation of engineers and FIRST competitors.
Astromechs FLL Team 2018-19
Again this year we will be sharing our space and mentoring the Astromechs FLL team #25094. In addition to coaching for the 2018-19 FLL Challenge, we will be preparing FLL team members to join our rookie FTC team in the future.
Kansas City Maker Faire 2018
In June, the Astromechs were loud and proud at the 2018 Maker Faire Kansas City at Union Station. We had three robots onsite for kids (and adults!) to drive. We talked to many visitors about FIRST and how they could get involved. We also drove one of our demo robots through the Maker Faire to bring more people into the FIRST area of the event. We shared the FIRST area with an FLL team, two other FTC teams and dozens of FRC teams.
Girl Scout Day Camp 2018
In July, members of the team were again invited to teach at Girl Scout Day Camp for Girl Scout Service Unit 605. We taught girls from kindergarten to third grade about electricity and switches by working with them to experiment with different electronic circuits. Older Girl Scouts, grades 4-6th, learned similar lessons about electricity and switches with a class in which they built a temporary digital telegraph using a breadboard. On the last day of camp, we also taught these STEM concepts to older teen Girl Scout volunteers at camp. And of course we took our trusty demo bot, Rusty, and last year’s robot, Scorpius, so we could talk with the girls about FIRST and robotics programs.
Girl Scout Northland Encampment
In May, we taught classes at the Girl Scouts Northland Encampment, a one-day camp. Because this camp was over the weekend, there were a lot of troops there that we normally never see at our other Girl Scout Day Camp. For this camp, we taught our trusty brushbugs class for younger girls, and older girls got to learn about soldering by soldering their own light-up firefly necklaces. We also brought Scorpius and Rusty so that we could talk with the girls about FIRST and robotics.
FTC Kickoff & Quickbuild
We were invited to talk at the Kansas City FTC Kickoff at MCC Business and Tech. We ran the event’s Quickbuild, where teams could go to panels on building, programming, or strategy and come away with a functional robot, program, or a strategy applicable to the game which had just released.
On November 10 we hosted the meets RoboSho Won and Too. Nine teams played in the first event and eight in the second. We were proud to host teams in the KC Engineering Zone, and Astromechs, alumni, friends, and family volunteered for the event. Everything ran smoothly. In addition, we were co-running the first event with team #6547 the Cobalt Colts, who hosted a fun photo booth.
FTC Training Camp
Some of our team members attended the Kansas City FTC Training Camp shortly after the game’s release in order to host breakout sessions for rookies about FTC. We gave one presentation over the Engineering Notebook and one over our use of Agile Development.
Stonecrest Senior Living
Two of our team members visited the Stonecrest Senior Living Facility down the street from where we meet at N2Robotics. They talked to residents there about our team, our robots and what we do. They were able to give a demonstration over what our robots Rusty and SlapHappy did.