RoboCavs Help Start Urbana FTC Team
We know firsthand how difficult the first year as an FTC Team can be, and we want to use our experience to help other teams. When we learned that Urbana Middle School was starting an FTC team, we invited Urbana's mentor to attend some of our meetings. We shared our knowledge of the engineering notebook, learning to build a robot, and programming.
Several of us also attended Urbana's kickoff meeting. At the meeting, we talked about the challenge, gracious professionalism, and the robot. We gave a demonstration of our robot, which was able to lift itself off the ground in order to hang on the bar in Block Party. We answered all the questions that prospective team members and their parents had about the robot.
We look forward to meeting Urbana at future competitions.
RoboCavs Mentor FLL Team K9-Volts
We attended an FLL meeting and helped the team with their programming strategy as well as their presentation. Our mentor, Thomas Lee, is also a mentor for the FLL team, which is comprised of elementary and middle school students in Mount Airy. We want to share our experience with these young engineers, who may become RoboCavs in the near future.
RoboCavs Volunteer as Lego Fun Camp Counselors
Over the summer, we volunteered at the Lego Fun Camp, organized by the RoboLions. We shared our experience with Legos, Lego Mindstorms, and robots with elementary and middle school children between the ages of 7 and 12. The camp participants worked in small groups to build and program sumo-bots for a competition at the end of the week. They had fun while learning about engineering, teamwork, and gracious professionalism. There were three camp sessions, and a total of 62 children. The children loved it, and were always eager to work on their robots, sometimes even wanting to skip their snacks to work on their robots.
Elementary Science Fair Demo
On March 1, 2013, we gave a demonstration of our robots at the Mt. Airy/Parrs Ridge Elementary School Science Fair. We drove our robot, putting rings on the center pegs. We also had our smaller robot, Gizmo, available for the children to drive. The children enjoyed seeing and driving our robots. In addition, we answered any questions that the children or parents had about our robots.