This summer has been busy for our team - not only did we go to Summerfest to spread appreciation for STEM and FIRST, we also held classes on Programming, Design Elements, and Electrical Concepts at one of our Elementary schools, County Line. Being able to reach out to so many children at once and show them that they are capable of doing great things, like making robots or connecting with businesses, is a one-of-a-kind experience, and can drastically improve effort in school and future success. And, not to mention, it's a whole lot of fun!
At County Line Elementrary, we worked with the students individually to teach skills we use now, which helps the kids learn, and helps us understand deeper. Perhaps cooler than teaching the kids was letting them make their own programs, towers, and circuts. Each child had the same goal, yet they all accomplished it differently and often quite creatively. All in all, it was a great experience, and we can't wait to come back for the next "High Interest Day" in two years!
Now, we're ready to take on the new season and school year. We're sad to say goodbye to the last of the original team, as this is our fourth summer, but we have some great surprises and fun in store. And, maybe a robot this fall??
Every year in the summer our team goes to Summerfest with other teams to demonstrate the annual game and to inspire appreciation for STEM. Although it isn't exactly easy to take the robot and all of our supplies down to Milwaukee and get it all into and out of the busy grounds (and it's probably much harder for team 537 Charger Robotics to set this up each year), it is always so worth it. Within our three hour competition period, hundreds of children and teenagers walked though and saw these cool and complex robots playing on the field right there, and they met the teenagers who build them. Although we might not have inspired every person who walked by or watched us, a few children were moved by this. Seeing kids faces light up when we show them the "inside" of our robot, or hearing the excitement when kids find out that they too could build a robot like this one day - that's why we and other FIRST teams reach out to our community.
Thank you to Charger Robotics for putting this on each year for all teams, and thank you to all who came.
One major goal of FIRST Robotics is to inspire the community to get involved in or appreciate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Teams from everywhere around the world will create or go to events that showcase technology and learning, striving to inspire the community around them. Each year, the Chairman's Award showcases teams that have made a large impact in their community - teams will enter short paragraphs and one essay to the contest (online), then at the regional must present the highlights of their outreach efforts in ten minutes. Teams must also have a video summing up their team and their outreach. The winner this year was team 987, the High Rollers.
Here is the video we created to demonstrate who we are and what we do.