we hosted a stand at the panIIT 2024 global conference, where we reached out to over 1500 panIIT alumni over the course of 10 hours.
We gave our coaches' neighbors our presentation and showed off our robot, celebrating getting to worlds! They had a lot of fun seeing everything.
We recently hosted a pre-regionals scrimmage with FTC Teams Metal Pipe, S.T.A.T.I.C., and Spiderbyte. This gave the teams a chance to test their design changes as well as get more experience driving.
We met with Chunlei Liu, a judge who recently volunteered for the first time. We got useful feedback from a new judge to help us clearly communicate our season to the judges!
We hosted a qualifier at APL in order to provide 28 teams the opportunity to compete, and 3 additional slots to advance to regionals. At the competition, our team members helped out with field reset, queuing, inspection, and even emceeing! Additionally, we set up a robot repair station as we did last year in order to help out teams. We helped over 15 teams debug hardware and software issues.
We were invited to Atholton Elementry school and had a constant line of kids wanting to drive our outreach robot.
We visited a local scout troop to showcase what you learn as part of the FIRST community, getting the members interested in their possible future in STEM and FIRST! We demonstrated our robot and let them build SUGO robots
The Freedom District Lions Club hosted a charity event to raise money for children with cancer. We created ornaments to decorate a tree.
We hosted a workshop at a hackathon in Tysons, Virginia. High school students from across the DMV area, many of whom were first-time hackers, got a chance to explore robotics through a hands-on Raspberry Pi project.
Our team enthusiastically presented to the Maryland Space Business Roundtable to seek funding to go towards SuGO workshops, robotic parts, and team registration fees. We were able to secure a $1500 grant.
Our team organized a complimentary SuGO workshop at a local library, offering kids the chance to construct their own Lego robots from scratch. Participants engaged in a thrilling head-to-head bracket-style tournament, igniting their enthusiasm for robotics.
We ran an early season scrimmage with 70 people at APL.
Our team gave an hour-long presentation to Mechanical Paradox alumni about our robot strategy and design, and gained useful insight on hardware concerns and solutions for our upcoming robot.
We visited and learned about Allied Power and Control, one of our sponsors and a place where one of our alumni works. They make machined parts for us!
We conducted a workshop on organizing a SuGO workshop outreach initiatives, emphasizing fundraising and community engagement to generate interest in robotics.
Families and children enjoyed engaging with our robots from the previous season, Powerplay, newly built Tic-Tac-Toe robots, and SUGO bots.
We volunteered for the second year in a row at the Maryland Tech Invitational, a very prestigious tournament at the same venue where we hosted our qualifier.
We met with engineers and managers from Dassault Systems - they make the CAD software we use. We wanted to learn how to use the new system they have for shared, online projects. They helped us get set up with their 3D Experience system for Solidworks, and also to import our parts library from last year.
The team showcased its projects and demonstrated the robot at River Hill High School.
We watched the DART impact together in October 2022.
We did a fun robotics workshop using SuGO kits in March 2023.
At the qualifier we hosted, we also set up a robot repair station.
We brought multiple robots to STEM night at an elementary school.
We gave a Shark Tank style pitch for sponsorship at the Association of Manufacturing Technology in April 2023.
We met with engineers at BAE systems, and they showed us a 3D virtual development environment and we told them about our team and gave them a robot demo.
One of our alumni volunteering at a Qualifier in DC through the FIRST Chesapeake Alumni Ambassador program.