Team 3061: Huskie Robotics

collaborating to create; innovating to inspire

Author: Anushka R (page 1 of 9)

Outreach at Local Elementary Schools

Just because the Robotics season (and the school year) are over, doesn’t mean our outreach stops! The day of graduation, several graduating seniors (underclassmen had school) volunteered to do outreach at two local elementary schools, Scott and Highlands.

We arrived at Scott bright and early and set up in the gym to give a presentation on Annie and FIRST, as well as physics club and other ways to get involved in STEM. Our audience was over 100 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. The 4th and 5th graders had been working with Lego Mindstorms in class, so they already had some robotics background. We talked about FRC, FLL, our robot, the Physics Club balloon, other projects from Physics Club like the ping-pong ball cannon, and then took questions and demoed Annie. The kids were super excited to interact with Annie, which was expected. However, we were all stunned by the brilliant questions the kids asked. They were thoughtful, imaginative, and had more prior knowledge than we were expecting.

After the success in the assembly, we were looking forward to visiting the 4th and 5th grade classes to learn more about what they were doing with Mindstorms. Again, we were blown away by how sophisticated their understanding was. They built and programmed robots to accomplish a variety of diverse tasks (which sounds a lot like our challenge!). Seeing such young children explain things like their code and how their robots worked was very inspiring.

We then packed up and went to Highlands elementary school to give the same presentation. It was incredibly well received there as well, though only 4th and 5th graders participated. Once again, the questions were well-thought out and interesting. We also had the opportunity to talk to one of their teachers who was launching a space balloon with his class for the first time that weekend. We shared our experiences and tips for success.

FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. Even though we strive to accomplish that every day, we’re still inspired by the depth of knowledge people so young can possess. It signifies the change in culture that FIRST tries so hard to bring about, and if our experiences were any indication, robotics teams are going to be very strong in the next 5 years.

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-Anushka

Cowlishaw Elementary Science Fair

Two weeks ago,Huskie Robotics made a guest appearance at Cowlishaw Elementary’s annual science fair, and the response was even better than expected!

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Before we started our presentation, we displayed Annie to the kids’ parents. They were very interested to find out what Team 3061 was all about and how a group of high school kids designed a fully functioning robot.  We then started our presentation. As Annie’s reveal video played, a hush fell over the crowd. Gavin explained to the crowd what the video was about and how our competition worked, and briefly introduced FIRST.

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At this point, Brandon took over and explained FLL to the kids. He talked about his experience on the Titanium Ducks and how it changed his life completely. This year’s TiDucks competition video really helped the kids understand what they were capable of, even at this young age. Brandon topped it off with a show-and-tell of some of the NXT Lego Mindstorms that the TiDucks work with.

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After hearing about the FLL system, the kids and parents got to hear about FRC from one of team 3061’s veteran members: Arpan Rau. Arpan detailed the layout of our team and gave some insight as to how exactly a bunch of high school kids came together to create a robot.  Then, it was Annie’s time to shine. There were innumerable ‘ooh’s and ‘ahh’s as Annie zipped across the stage and played catch with Arresh and Gavin. Kids and parents alike were astounded and impressed by Annie’s speed and ability.  We took Annie back to the floor in order to demonstrate her speed more clearly.

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The presentation started to come to an end as Mr. Rowzee gave a rousing speech about the team and what an incredible experience FIRST is.  This seemed to really hit home with the parents. Nishaad wrapped up with some closing remarks about FIRST, STEM, and the kids’ goals for the future. Upon being asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, one of the kids excitedly said, “When I grow up, I wanna build cool robots!” We knew then that the time that went into this event had been well spent. After the presentation had ended, Brandon found himself fielding endless questions from parents about FLL and how their kids could get started. We left, tired but proud, about half an hour later.

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