Penn PRIDE Camps:
For years, Team 135 had summer camps for kids in middle and elementary schools and this summer, FTC joined into to help with the camps. The camps we helped with were Architecture, Design, Creativity, and Build-A-Bot. Each camp had different projects that were designed to get the kids interested in STEM while giving them a fun time over the summer. At each camp, we also gave demonstrations of the Penn FIRST robots.
Northpoint Science Fair:
January 25 was Northpoint Elementary Science fair here, we brought back the dean bot but on a different drivetrain. The drivetrain that Penn Robotics’ dean cutout was put on was a holonomic drivetrain that we dubbed (at least for now) holonomic robot. The science fair went very well ( at least for Penn robotics) we brought two robots for kids two drive one being the holonomic bot, with the cutout of dean on it. As we normally do instead of just talking to kids about what first is and why they should join robotics, we gave a demonstration of what we build and what our robots are able to do. We also allowed the children from the crowd of people that wanted to drive the robots, to drive around the robots with some rather simple instruction.
Purdue FIRST Forums Presentation:
Today our team attended FIRST Forums at Purdue and gave a presentation on the engineering notebook to FTC teams. Braden and Dominic presented right after lunch along with two Penn FRC members. Our engineering notebooks that won awards from last season were also on display for teams to look over and make their own observations about. We had an amazing attendance to our presentation with an almost full room! We showed teams how to organize their notebooks and how to make the layout nice looking and easy to find things in. We also talked to them about social media presence, such as how to run a twitter page and website. The audience was very receptive to our advice and asked many questions. We were asked by many teams for a copy of our presentation, and we were even contacted after the event and thanked for presenting by team 12231! We gained valuable presentation experience from this event and were hopefully able to help others with their engineering notebook.
Our mission is to provide an after school environment, resources, and mentorship for high school students to take on the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC). FTC requires each team to design, and build a robot over the course of the FTC season. Students have the opportunity to compete in qualifying and championship tournaments. Students gain experience in computer programming, building, teamwork, and mechanical design, including Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing. Students reach out to their local communities and promoting student robotics, awareness, and STEM in general. During the course of the season, students make sponsor calls, and talk to people (form of public speaking). Team members are expected to behave maturely and comport themselves with “gracious professionalism” on and off the competitions. This team is made up of eight sophomores who have been part of the FIRST program for at least one year. All in all, I would like to express our sincerity to all of the teams and I wish them a good luck.
First Tech Challenge (FTC) is the third stage of FIRST (For Inspiration Recognition of Science and Technology). Students are challenged to design, build, program, and fabricate the robot. At Penn, there are five FTC. team 4600: Binary Bots, team 4601: Beta Bots, team 6360: Brazen Bots, team 12091: Bermuda Bots, and team 12092: Bravo Bots. This year we are attending two qualifying matches and one state competition.
FTC has helped 4600 Binary Bots with:
- Gracious Professionalism
- Business skills
- STEM skills
The five Penn FTC teams participated in their first competition at Elkhart Memorial High School. Teams were excited and pumped for this event. There were thirty three teams present from all over Indiana and some were out of state. All in all, the tournaments went well for five FTC teams. 4600 Binary Bots won the most prestigious award. The Inspire award goes to the team that embodies the challenge of the FIRST Tech Challenge program. The Team that receives this award is a strong ambassador for FIRST programs and a role model FIRST team.