FIRST LEGO League
One of the first outreach events we did was with FIRST LEGO League. For the event, our team worked on building the individual field components for 5 of the fields at the FLL competition hosted at Olathe Northwest on November 14th, 2015. We had several members of our team volunteer at the competition. Their positions ranged from field referees, match judges, and presentation judges, to working in the concession stand and selling t-shirts.
Japanese Cultural Festival
On October 3rd 2015 we worked with FRC Team 1710, Ravonics Revolution at the Japanese Cultural Festival at JCCC. At the festival we had two of last years robots on display. We showed the robots and talked to anyone who expressed interest.
Mentor Design Review
On November 4th, 2015 we had a mentor design review with our team as well as the junior FTC teams. This was in part to get other perspectives on things such as our judging presentation and team strategy as well as a way for our team to work with the junior teams to give them a judging experience before their first competition.
Barnes & Noble Mini Maker-Faire
On November 6th, 2015 members of our team, as well as members from FRC team 1710 participated in the Barnes and Nobles Mini Maker Faire. At the event, we brought our robot (at that point it was just a open house-ready chassis) and allowed kids at the event to drive it around. We also worked in conjunction with team 1710 to talk with people at the event about FIRST as a whole as well as the FIRST programs at ONW and throughout Olathe.
A&E Open House
On November 10th, 2015 our team participated in the annual A&E Open House. This event gives prospective students a look at what they can do if they join the program. At the event we had a display set up which included 4 of last years FTC bots, informational pamphlets ,the actual game field as well as our robot which kids were allowed to drive on the field. We also participated in the robosoccer scrimmage that was held both to have robots running for the students to watch but also give ourselves and the junior FTC teams to gain a feel for how a actual competition could feel. We also had members of our team at our booth to talk with and answer any questions the people who attended the event may have.
Awards Presentation to Juniors
On November 16th, 2015 members of our team gave a short presentation to the 8 junior FTC team about the different awards that could be won at the Smithville Qualifier.This included broad overviews and introductions to the awards and judging process, and then also specific information about each award. We particularly encouraged them to apply for the “optional” awards of Dean’s List and the Control Award. After this presentation, there was a short Q&A session.
On December 31st, 2015 members of our team went to Science City to demonstrate and interact with kids at their Noon Year’s Eve children’s event. Serving as the “intermediate” level of robotics during a FIRST program-wide demo, FRC 1710 brought their 2015 FRC Robot and several LEGO Mindstorms robots, and we brought our FIRST RES-Q robot from the Smithville Qualifier as well as some of our promotional materials. Over the course of three hours of actual demonstration, we interacted and fielded questions about our program and about FIRST from hundreds of students and parents. Throughout this process, we also had several dozen kids take the opportunity to drive our robot throughout a fairly large space in our Science City display area. We also assisted (and received assistance) from FRC 1710 members in operating FRC and FLL demo’s and in answering a variety of questions. We were very excited to see that a significant number of those questions were about how to contact a FIRST team or event that they could possibly get involved in. Throughout the event we also encountered and talked to members and mentors of several FIRST teams from throughout the Kansas City area.
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day
On Friday, February 26th, a member of our team participated in the event, working alongside young women from our school to set up a display and demonstration and answer questions at the event, communicating with younger students, adults, and fellow presenting participants throughout the event.
On Thursday, March 3rd, members of our team set up a display along with the rest of the Olathe Northwest contingent on the second floor Capitol rotunda of the Capitol building, running the robot and presenting our team. Younger children school groups came by, interacted with us, and operated our robot. Various state officials, including State Senators and Representatives and the governor, came by and talked with us about our program, with even a few driving our robot themselves. They also held a forty-minute personal meeting, including one of our team members and an FRC member, with our county’s State Senator, in which we discussed STEM education in general, our program, and the Senator talked with our member about career issues and readiness. Later our Olathe Northwest contingent was recognized in the Kansas State Senator by State Senator Lynn (our Johnson County Senator).
Greater Kansas City FRC Regional
On Friday, March 18th, members of our team went with team 1710 to the Greater Kansas City FRC Regional to help run the FTC showcase. We, along with some help from other teams set up and ran a miniature FTC competition throughout the day in order to give the kids and adults attending the FRC competition a look at what FTC is. The teams that attended were us, team 10476 Iron Cats, team 7507 SWAT, team 9966 This Side Up, team 9808 Team Charger, team 6547 CAPS Cobalt Colts, team 7357 Team Titanium Tech, and team 10916 Crazy Ninja Eagles. At the event, each team gt roughly 8 matches each.