Feb 24, 2017

Project Update for STEM Leadership Programs Feb 17

Crowds at FTC NOVA
Crowds at FTC NOVA

VirginiaFIRST/FIRST Chesapeake continues to engage students with direct hands on programs using robotics as the "vehicle" to develop the technical and non technical life skills  to be successful in future academic and career efforts. Just this month we heard from one of our alumni who graduated from the FIRST Robotics Competition program last year. She attended a majority-minority public high school with a math proficiency rating 34 percent below the State average. She credits FIRST programs with providing her with both advanced STEM skills and the confidence to successfully apply to and attend one of  the top ranked undergraduate engineering colleges (US News and World Report.) She will be spending her freshman Spring Break in Ghana working on a clean water initiative.as part of Engineers Withouth Borders. It is so rewarding to hear these stories. The great news is that this individual is just one of many alumni who come back to us year after year to let us know how FIRST programs have continued to positively impact their lives - academically, professionally, and in their communities.

In the past 90 days, VirginiaFIRST/FIRST Chesapeake has successfully 

  • hosted local FIRST Robotics Competition high school teams for the 2017 internationally broadcasted Challenge. This kicked off the 6 week build season for 130+ FRC teams in DC, MD and VA.
  • completed the FIRST Tech Challenge local competition season in Virginia. These events were attended by approximately 8,000 of the best and brightest middle and high school students, as well as coaches, mentors and members of the general public. One of the most inspiring stories of the season involved the accomplishments of a newly formed team from Lucille Brown Middle School. Last year, this urban public school tested 51 points below the State average in Math and 28 points below in Science. These incredible young people worked with a FIRST VISTA to build their inaugural robot in the Fall. They competed in 2 local events and qualified for the semi-finals at both events! The excitement and pride shown by these students was an inspiration to all who watched them compete. We are truly building tomorrow's technology leaders.
  • organized and promoted 7 local FIRST Robotics Competition events in DC, MD and Virginia for March 2017. The District Championship Sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton will be held at Virginia Commonwealth University in April 2017. The estimated attendance for these events is almost 60,000, with an additional 100,000 on-line live feed views from March 4th-April 8th.

The support of individuals help us continue to do what we do best  - build a strong and engaged community of future technology leaders in DC, MD and VA. 

FTC Eastern Team member with Mascot
FTC Eastern Team member with Mascot
Dedicated Volunteers
Dedicated Volunteers
In the Pits at FTC Central
In the Pits at FTC Central
Teams using FIRST Chesapeake tool shop
Teams using FIRST Chesapeake tool shop
Teams working to "bag and tag" their bot on time
Teams working to "bag and tag" their bot on time
FRC team bot on the field
FRC team bot on the field

Links:

Feb 14, 2017

Project Report #9 for DC Metro FIRST(Dec-Feb 2017)

Practice Mock-up FRC Field
Practice Mock-up FRC Field
The activities for this reporting period can be divided into several distinct areas of DC Metro FIRST activities.  The DC, MD and VA FIRST staff and local teams have attended many STEM events at the local and National levels. These outreach events are designed to recruit students, teams, coaches /mentors and sponsors.  
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. The hands-on activity is a highlit of many of the STEM Events.

We have hosted several FIRST Alumni Events in the DC, MD and VA area. These are designed to re-engage young adults who participated in FIRST as students. If you are a FIRST Alumi, please join us..The FIRST Alumni Facebook link is: www.facebook.com/groups/FIRSTChesapeakeAlumni/

FIRST events offer opportunities for FIRST alumi, 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) are in various stages of completion across the region. You can learn more about the FIRST progression of programs at: www.firstinspires.org/  The First Tech Challenge and FIRST Lego League have or will be finishing their seasons shortly.thru out DC, MD and VA. Teams will be recognized for their efforts as a team and the quality of their projects and robots. 
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 for coaches/mentors as well as students. One of the major training actvities completed during the reporting period was the FRC Workshop on Dec 10th in George Mason H.S. in Falls Church, VA..  Approximately 175 students and mentors attended the workshop. Sessions included inspection, safety, programming, project management, drivetrains, 3D printing, game strategies, CAD, pneumatics. and scouting.
The FRC kick-off was held on Jan 7th at Wilson H.S. in Washington, DC.  The kick-off video for the 2017 STEAMWorks game can be seen at: https://www.google.com/search?q=FRC+2017+video&rlz=1C1SFXN_enUS514US520&oq=FRC+2017+video&aqs=chrome..69i57.4967j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8  The teams were excited to see the game reveal and get the build season underway. The FRC teams have been busy building their robots which must be completed by Feb 21st.  George Mason H.S. in Falls Church has built a mock-up of the game field and it is available to any team wishing to practice on it.

As part of support to FIRST Outreach activities, 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. A complete FTC practice field was purchased and set-up for ant FTC teams to come and test their robots prior to copetions. The kits and field would nt be possible with donations raised via GlobalGiving donations.

The following links provide detailed information including schedules for events.

www.firstchesapeake.org

http://va-dcfll.org/ Thanks for your previous donations.
FLL Practice
FLL Practice
FRC Workshop - Drive Trains
FRC Workshop - Drive Trains
Nov 17, 2016

Project Report #8 for DC Metro FIRST(Jul-Nov 2016)

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.

www.firstchesapeake.org

http://va-dcfll.org/

https://www.stemaction.org/

 Thanks for your previous donations.

 
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