The activities for this reporting period can be divided into several distinct areas of DC Metro FIRST activities. The DC FIRST staff and local teams have attended many STEM events at the local DC Metro and National levels. These outreach events are designed to recruit students, teams, coaches /mentors and sponsors. FIRST was a featured program at and will continue with local STEM outreach programs. These include Women in Technology Night, Local Motors (Manufacturing Day), DC Metropolitan Police Department’s 12 summer “Beat the Streets” community based events, U of MD FIRST Look Faire We have a robot driving activity where the students can earn a robot “driver’s license” which draws kids to the exhibit/booth to learn more about STEM, FIRST and robotics. Parents learn more about how their kids, schools and other organization can get involved. They are a great opportunity to take and FIRST and STEM to the local neighborhoods.
We have hosted 3 FIRST Alumni Events in the DC/Baltimore area. These are designed to re-engage young adults who participated in FIRST as students. The FIRST Alumni Facebook link is: www.facebook.com/groups/FIRSTChesapeakeAlumni/
These events offer opportunities for FIRST alums, sponsors and the general public to volunteer and help as we try to maximize the number of students and teams supported. If you or friends/co-workers are interested, please contact us about volunteering and/or becoming a coach or mentor. All FIRST events across all four programs are free to the public. These events are great way for you and your families learn about FIRST. If you are interested in volunteering for FIRST events go to www.firstinspires.org/ways-to-help/volunteer
The 2016 - 2017 FIRST Robotic seasons for four programs (FRC, FTC, FLL and FLL Jr) have or will soon be starting up. The kick-offs for FTC and FLL were held at the beginning of the school year. The FRC kick-off is scheduled for Jan 7th. You can learn more about the FIRST progression of programs at: www.firstinspires.org/
For the 2016 competition, the DC/MD/VA FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) migrated to the District Model. In part because of the additional events and plays provided by the District Model, the teams were highly competitive on and off the field in St Louis.
The First Tech Challenge and FIRST Lego League tournaments are held thru out DC, MD and VA. Teams are recognized for their efforts as a team and the quality of their projects and robots.
As part of the FIRST Outreach, additional parts and kits were purchased this year to provide more and updated FTC and FLL robots. These have been and will continue to be used to demonstrate the actual robot(s) students would be using as part of the FTC and FLL.
We provide training sessions to teams to get the techincal and non-technical info they need to be successful teams. This training is critical to developing the hard and soft skills of coaches/mentors as well as students. Training has been conducted for FTC and FLL this fall. Metro DC FRC training will be conducted on Dec 10th in Falls Church, VA.
The following links provide detailed information including schedules for events.
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