On Saturday, our team outreached at the FLL state championship. We showed last year’s robot and talked about FRC. During judges’ deliberations, we gave a presentation with 525 Swartdogs. This opportunity let us outreach to hundreds of kids interested in science and technology.
This year’s game is called Recycle Rush. Recycle Rush is a recycling-themed game played by two Alliances of three robots each. Robots score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter.
Team Neutrino is excited for the 2015 season kickoff. At 9:30 on January 3rd, FIRST will release the new game we will have to build a robot to play. After learning the game, we will have six weeks to build it before it is sealed in a bag for competition.
You can view the kickoff broadcast below:
Over the past FLL season, seven Neutrinos mentored four Ames Middle School FLL teams. Mentors started meeting with the teams midway through their season. In this volunteering opportunity, we worked hard to give the teams guidance and advice about programming, robot design, the project, presentation, and core values. The teams were better prepared for their competition this year, and so three teams won an award and one team qualified for the Iowa State Championships. This program took our team’s outreach to the next level because prior to this fall, our team had not mentored FLL teams this closely. With this program, we were able to work with them more often and more in depth. About forty students in FLL were impacted, and we volunteered for a total of about 113 hours. The mentoring program concluded with us attending their regional competition at Maxwell-Collins.