STEM Demonstration

So far this off-season, CORE has done at least one outreach event per week. We hope to continue this throughout the summer to ensure that we are truly making a difference in the community. Today, six CORE members went to the Saratoga STEM Academy to talk to middle school students and discuss some of their areas of expertise. In the hour long session, STEM students were encouraged to talk with everyone from CORE to get detailed explanations of what we do.

 

Whereas many of our demonstrations focus upon giving students basic exposure to robotics and inspiring them to consider STEM fields, this demonstration was unique in that we had time to answer more detailed questions. CORE members had a great time talking about complex engineering processes with these motivated, and highly intelligent students. We look forward to hopefully seeing some of them on our team in the future!

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Blair Flair

Last week Thursday we demonstrated our robot at the Blair Flair event, which celebrated the 125th anniversary of Blair elementary school. We brought out our 2014 robot Hermes for playing catch as well as showed off this year’s robot, Gaia. Along with our FRC robots we also had our VEX robots out for students to drive.


 

Hillcrest and Bright Lights

It has been another busy off-season week for CORE. This Tuesday we attended the annual Hillcrest Ice Cream Social and demonstrated two different FRC robots, as well as several VEX bots. The kids from Hillcrest all had a great time completing challenges and learning the controls for both types of robots. In addition, CORE members had fun explaining what robotics is and interacting with the younger students. It is always amazing to see the awe on a child’s face and be reminded of just how extraordinary what we do really is.

 

That reminder was especially important to our team this week as we spoke at a Bright Lights presentation for the school board, telling them about CORE and robotics. The three CORE presenters gave a 10 minute speech which described not only what our team has done this season, but also the organization through which we compete (FIRST), our community impact, and our mission. In addition, these presenters were supported by several other members and mentors who all came to watch and help answer questions. Overall, the presentation went incredibly well. The board members all reacted positively and gave a variety of insightful comments. In addition, the meeting was broadcast throughout Waukesha, making it an incredible opportunity to spread awareness about our team.

STEM For Girls

It’s already the second event of the off-season and we’re doing great! Our first event we participated in the MPTV Auction last Saturday. Many of us volunteered to help answer phones and submit bids, while some of us went on TV and showed off item for sale.  It was super fun and we can’t wait to do it again next year!

Today we showed off our 2014 robot Hermes and this year’s robot Gaia at the annual STEM For Girls event. STEM For Girls brings in elementary and middle school girls who are interested in the STEM field and allows them to further explore their interests through demonstrations. CORE 2062 was a main attraction as we demonstrated our Hermes robot from last year.

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We hope to do STEM For Girls again next year to get girls and new members interested in joining FRC and other FIRST programs.

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