2018-19 EVENT BLOG

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2018-2019

ABSOLUTE ZERO EVENT BLOG

 

STEM in 30 9/5/2018

STEM in 30 is an online educational program produced by the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. hosted by Marty Kelsey and Beth Wilson. Some of the members in our team were invited to the TV show to talk about FLL. The program was recorded and aired.

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MineFaire Expo 10/6/2018

Our Team was invited to the MineFaire EXPO second year in a row and were asked to talk about First programs and we showcased our robot. We let kids play with our demo which could work for the challenge from last year, which many students were interested in. We also let kids play robot soccer with several mBots. In addition, we taught kids how to program EV3 robots. Many students who showed interest for this were also interested in FLL programs and we were able to raise awareness for the program.

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Onbot Java Presentation at ECPI University 10/8/2018

We were given the opportunity to teach new FTC teams about Onbot java programming. This was a great opportunity for our team to give back to the community that has been very beneficial for us. This was also a great experience in terms of mentoring FTC teams. We learned a lot about how to help other teams and applied what we learned when we mentored FTC teams over the course of the season.

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Star Wars Reads 11/3/2018

We worked with FLL team Cascades Thunderbots to generate interest for this event. We held a scrimmage at this event and also let kids drive out demo robot. In addition, we had a set-up so interested students could learn EV3 programming. We had a facebook live during the event to generate interest on social media and inform viewers of different types of events we hold to encourage them to come to some in the future. At this event, we were approached by some engineers who didn’t know about the FIRST program, so we were able to raise awareness in the professional STEM community at this event.

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FLL Refereeing 11/10/2018

3 members from our team were referees at the Mary Ellen Henderson FLL Regional Competition. This was a great opportunity for our team members to volunteer for a competition in which we all had great experiences. We were reminded of many of the core values that FIRST is founded on: discovery, innovation, impact, inclusion, teamwork and fun.

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NASA Moon to Mars Live Show 11/29/2018

NASA has its sights set on the moon, and the agency has selected the first batch of commercial project proposals that it will include on its journey back to the nearest neighbor, moon, and then on to Mars.

A news conference was held at NASA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. NASA invited some of our team members to come along and explain more about FIRST programs and FLL in general.

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Helping the Gearbox Gators 12/1/2018

We helped a rookie team called the Gearbox Gators by giving them tips about driving, wires, and their engineering notebook. This was close to one of their qualifying competitions so we gave them some information on how the competitions work and how to do well at them.

 

Reston @ Centerville Regional Qualifiers 1/26/2019

  • Semi-finalists  
  • Had the highest team score of 322 pts.
  • Had the highest individual score of 200 pts
  • 3rd place Inspire Award
  • 1st place Connect Award
  • 2nd place Collins Aerospace Innovate Award
  • 3rd place Control Award
  • We also were one of the 3 teams to advance to States Championship!

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VA States Championship 2/2/2019

  • We were the 1st pick of the 1st Alliance in the Kamen Division and made it to the Divisional Finals!
  • We got the highest score of 400 points!

 

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