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Presentation to Learning Springs (February 25th, 2010)
To further encourage the participation of those who would not normally be involved with FIRST, our team will be visitng Learning Springs, a school with children with autism. We hope to give a presentation on the basics of FIRST, as well as a preview of Lego League. Our visit will be geared toward encouraging these students to become involved with the FIRST program and Lego League! We will set up a field for them to compete in with Vex bots, and demonstrate how fun and exciting science can be!
Family Day (February 20th, 2010):
We have invited the families and relatives of our members to come and experience robotics first hand at a small luncheon and information session. Families will experience the excitement and thrill of the building process. Younger children will be able to compete with Vex bots, build with Lego League materials, make robot replicas using AutoCAD and a 3D LaserCutter, and even get to help us build our 2010 robot.
Supporters of Robotics Dinner (February 18th, 2010):
Along with Team 1155, we will be holding a dinner in appreciation of our mentors, sponsors, and distinguished colleagues who help to make our team possible. We have requested at they each bring along a friend of colleague, in hope of inspiring these guests to join the community of FIRST mentors! The event will include a dinner, a presentation by both teams on robotics and FIRST, as well as a tour of our shop. We hope that our efforts will result in new mentors for new teams!
Annual Presentation to Incoming Students (February 9th, 2010):
We gave a presentation on our annual Incoming student night for the students that will be incoming freshmen next year in the Bronx High School of Science. We spoke about the FIRST competition, our team, and how to join the team. We also handed out fliers inviting the incoming students to watch the NYC regional at Javits Center.
"Day in FRC" for our FLL teams (February 9th, 2010):
To inspire our mentees in FLL to continue their involvement in FIRST, and to give them a preview of what FRC is like, as well as to reward them for all of their accomplishments, we are holding a celebration for them at our school The students will get the opportunity to experience C++ and LabView through hands-on activities, compete in a Vex Competition, and get to work on an actual FRC chassis! They will also be rewarded with pizza and cupcakes for a hard day’s work!
Rookie Team Build Season Guide Event (January 21st, 2010):
The Rookie Team: Build Season Guide was an event focused on aiding rookie teams with year’s game as well as the team as a whole. Our team offered advice on how to organize departments efficiently and what to expect in the future such as competition, build season and future years to come. The rookie teams that were present included Jamaica High School (3308) and Hunter College High School (3419).
Design Workshop (January 20th, 2010):
The Design Workshop was an event geared towards helping teams fine tune their designs and strategies. The workshop served as a forum to voice questions while getting input from other teams and professionals, including two Engineers currently mentoring our team. Invitations were sent out to all of the local teams, and the Eagle Academy for Young Men (2203) and Saunders Trades and Technical High School (2344) RSVP-ed.
Society of Women Engineers Panel Discussion (December 4th, 2009):
Columbia University's Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and the FeMaidens hosted a panel discussion about women in engineering, engineering professions, and of course, engineering at Columbia University! The discussion was attended by the members of the FeMaidens, as well as by the student body at the Bronx High School of Science. The Society of Women Engineers is dedicated to encouraging and empowering women in the engineering field. They inspired our members, as well as many others who attended, to pursue future careers in engineering and become leaders in the world of tomorrow!
We have reached out to local FTC teams who needed some assistance. We have worked closely with Team 2203, visiting their school numerous times to work with their programmer, who was completely new to FIRST and programming.
Mentoring Rookie FLL Teams:
At the NYC regional in 2009, our team first met Symone and her mom, Sam. Symone was really inspired by the entire competition and by the fact that we were an all-girls team. When we told her about FIRST Lego League, she immediately wanted to get involved! A few months later, Symone had four FLL Rookie teams at her school, Dalton Academy. Our team has been working with the four teams from the beginning, mentoring and assisting in any way we could. At the Manhattan Qualifier, all four teams qualified to the Championship and took 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. They swept the awards as well! We are so proud of them and all of their amazing accomplishments!
Working with Rookie FRC Teams:
We know how hard being a Rookie team can be. Our team reached out to the Rookie teams in NYC, inviting them to our Rookie Event, as well as offering to mentor and assist them in any way. We have worked closely with Hunter College High School, Team 3419, helping them with design, team structure, and getting tools, sponsorship and mentoring.
Encouraging Involvement in INTEL and NYSEF:
Many of our veteran members are involved with numerous science programs, including Intel and NYSCEF. Through team mentorship efforts, we have inspired other members to join these programs as well, and guided them in the process.
Integrating Girls from all around the City into our Team:
In order to spread the message of FIRST, as well as to give girls who would not typically have the opportunity to compete in FIRST a chance to get involved, we have opened our doors to girls in schools all around the city. Two girls in particular have become a large and prominent part of our team, Maggie from Riverside Kingsbridge Academy and Mahbuba from North Queens Community. We are currently in the process of starting a FRC team at Riverside Kingsbridge Academy, so that not only Maggie, but everyone else at that school can get the opportunity to participate in FIRST.
Starting a New FTC Team at our School:
To encourage students who do not have time to commit to FRC, and to spread the message of FIRST further, we are starting a FTC team at our high school. The team is opened to all students in NYC, and will be closely monitored and trained by the FeMaidens. We hope that our new FTC team will reach a wider range of students and ignite a stronger interest in science and technology!
Volunteering for FIRSTbook
FIRSTbook is a program that distributes new books to children in need, with no literary resources available to them! Our team has volunteered our efforts to the local station at Hunter College, and look forward to furthering this partnership!
Involvement with USFIRSTGirls
This year, we are proud to have gotten involved with Team 1093 on their great project, USFIRSTgirls, created to promote girls not only in robotics, but also to get more girls involved with FIRST! We will be participating as an ambassador team at both the NJ and NYC Regionals, handing out questionnairs, collecting data, and spreading the word!
Haiti Relief Efforts:
To aid the relief efforts in Haiti, our team collaborated with our Student Organization to host bake sales and a food fair, in which 100% of the proceeds from both events went to Haiti.
Tool Donation Project:
Through talking to Rookie teams, it became apparent that they were need of tools, working in some cases, with one drill and a few screwdrivers. We felt it was our duty as a veteran team to try and help them out. We started the Tool Donation Project, and reached out to all of the veteran teams in New York for donations. All of the donations that we received and that we personally contributed were transported to the Rookie teams.
Book and Eyeglass Donations:
Our team has collected donations of new and gently used books as well as eyeglasses to donate to the Salvation Army and Lions Club, respectively.