Our team engages in a number of activities in our community in order to promote the vision and message of FIRST. We expose the wonders of FIRST to various students that would otherwise not have the opportunity to experience robotics. We continue to try and broaden our outreach programs in parallel to our growing and maturing team.
FIRST Lego League Teams
As part of our effort to promote science and technology among children, Saints Robotics started five FIRST Lego League Teams (FLL) teams this year in elementary and middle schools throughout Bellevue, Washington. Two of these teams are at Highland Middle, two are at Bennett Elementary, and the other team is at Spiritridge Elementary. These teams participate in this year’s challenge: Food Factor. The mission this year is to improve the quality of food by finding strategies to prevent food contamination. These teams designed and programmed robot missions related to this theme, as well as created research projects to tackle the issue of food safety.
At the Bellevue Regional FLL competition, the Leggo Leaders won the Strategy and Innovation Award while Bulldog Robotics won the Gracious Professionalism Award.
The Leggo Leaders
FLL Team #14040
FLL Team #14041 and #14045
Highland Middle School
Highland Robotics and Team Highland
FLL Team #14288 and #14266
See more photos on Flickr.
FIRST Tech Challenge Tournament
Saints Robotics hosted the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) State Championships in January 2012. We acted as the liaison between the school district and FIRST staff in coordinating the logistics for space rental and setup as well as provided numerous volunteers key to making the event successful. Our media team also supervised the creation of a slideshow showcased at the event, and is now accessible online for teams to show to their sponsors and schools.
We volunteered at the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) State Championship on January 16, 2011.
Saints Robotics helped to make the event run more smoothly. A few of our members managed the information desk and answered any questions that the FTC teams had about the competition, while other members gave every team a reminder before their scheduled competition time. In addition, a few Saints Robotics members reset the FTC fields after every match was played, and then helped to tear down the fields at the end of the day.
There are more photos of the event from our Flickr page.
In September 2011, Saints Robotics was chosen to represent the FIRSTWA (FIRST Robotics Regional Representative) in receiving a charity donation from the Seattle Seahawks and Bonneville Seattle. Recordings of the interviews that were held with members of the team aired on Bonneville Seattle Radio, and tours of Saints Robotics team meetings were coordinated for representatives from Seattle Seahawks, FIRSTWA, and Bonneville Seattle. After being interviewed, Saints Robotics was presented a $2000 check on behalf of FIRSTWA. FIRSTWA was featured as the charity of the month on KIRO News.
Mentoring FIRST Robotics Competition Teams
During the 2011 build season, Saints Robotics mentored FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) rookie team 3663, team CPR from Cedar Park, Washington. We answered all of their questions about the FRC game through our private forums, and gave them many tips to help them get a head start on the competition. We were also available to answer any of their questions at the Regional competition itself as well.
In addition, we mentored team 3574, another rookie team, in the middle of the 2011 build season. We gave them many parts, shared our strategies, and helped them with pre-inspection before they shipped their robot for the competition. With our help, they were able to create a new minibot deployment system that would not have to be red-carded. We are glad to have helped team 3574 win both the Rookie Inspiration and Rookie All-Star award, and as a result, they were able to go to St. Louis to compete in the World Championships.
FIRST Lego League Tournament
In 2011, we volunteered at the FIRST Lego League (FLL) Regional Tournament held at Highland Middle School in Bellevue, WA. We registered all of the teams and answered the teams’ questions at the information desk. During the competition rounds, we made sure that the standing spectators did not obstruct the view from the stands. In addition, we helped award the Jr. FLL medals.
In 2010, we refereed for the Crossroads Cup in Bellevue, WA. At the event, we also set up a Saints Robotics booth and answered any questions that passersby had about our robotics club. At the competition, we gave students a heads up on the future competitions they can join, including FRC.
In addition, we volunteered at the 2010 regional FLL competition and escorted people to the competition rooms. We brought our VEX robot to the competition and drove it around the gym. Many spectators were interested in our demonstration, which gave us a great opportunity to answer any of their questions about robotics including VEX and FRC.
Pre-Season Robotics Workshop
During the 2011–12 season, Saints Robotics was given the opportunity to give presentations at the pre-season DigiPen FIRSTWA robotics workshop. Teams from across the state flocked to the workshop to learn some helpful tips about robotics. We gave a presentation on the Chairman’s Award where we reflected on how we were able to win the award in our 2011–12 season. Through the pre-season workshop, teams acquired confidence and were more prepared for the upcoming build season. In addition to the presentation, our media team helped to organize the event’s live streaming of the presentation, which was a great opportunity for members to dabble in video taking rather than just photography.