On Saturday, March 10th. Team 4418 were asked to present at a FIRST Lego League Junior Expo where we talked to kids and parents about FRC and let the kids test drive Tote Bot. It was really fun and the organizer of the expo had this to say about us
Dear Jeff and Team Impulse (FRC Team #4418),
Can I just tell you how much I enjoyed meeting you and learning about your team and talking with you on Saturday?! Truly, I continue to volunteer forFIRST for two reasons: 1) how it benefits kids, and 2) the absolutely fabulous people I am honored and privileged to work with. Jeff, you and the other Team Impulse mentors and team members were such a pleasure to meet!
I deeply appreciate all of the effort it took to get so many members of your team to the Expo on Saturday, especially in the hectic rush of your competition season. I believe it is crucial for the Jr. teams to see what they have in their future and to be inspired by what you have accomplished. I cannot tell you how invaluable that time you spent with them was.
I am also so grateful for your flexibility and understanding when we ran out of time on the original schedule for all of the Jr. kids to operate your robot. We always run this tightrope of trying to respect the participants’, the audience’s, and the demonstrators’ time and keeping to the schedule vs. making sure every child gets the optimal experience. You were so gracious to literally change gears mid-stream and get everything set back up again for those last few kiddos. I know that was an unexpected hassle, but you were absolutely wonderful about the transition, and I know that your efforts made those kids’ day.
Thank you for being a joy to work with, all-around. You came in with smiles on your faces and positive attitudes. You got set up quickly and professionally and then patiently waited for your turn to demonstrate to the teams. You had a great design for a practice robot that worked so well for the kids to operate and a great system for keeping the audience safe and the robot “in bounds” at all times. You also had a great system for keeping track of time with each “kid operator” and moving them through the line quickly. Thank you for simply being an indispensable part of the Expo!
The photos we took at the Expo are now posted to the ColoradoFIRST website. Follow this link and click on any of the subsections (“teams,” “models,” “posters,” and “FRC/FLL support”) listed under 2017-18 for the MPA-St. Mary’s Expo: http://coloradofirst.org/COFIRST/programs/jrfll/jr-fll-expos/montessori-peaks-academy/
By the way, there was a clear plastic tub with a lid that was empty but left behind in the gym, near where all of your other supplies were located. Is it yours, by chance? If so, I’m happy to bring it to DU on March 24th, and you can pick it up at my FLL Jr. information table (usually in the hall right outside the main doors to the arena). Just let me know.
Good luck at DU and in the future! I’ll be cheering for you! Please continue to keep me posted on how everything goes for you! I think you are all wonderful!
With Deep Appreciation,
FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Affiliate Partner Representativ
Did you know that part of our FIRST Robotics (FRC) program includes sewing? Thanks to one of our FRC mentors, Jack Rumple, our team has access to an industrial sewing machine and instruction. This past December, the team made and donated pillowcases to Children's Hospital using the machine. The outreach allowed them to learn sewing skills for their upcoming season - they can now make bumpers, banners, and items for the team's robot. Thank you to our FRC team for their outreach and commitment to helping kids in our area!
All around the world on January 6th, 2018 the wait was finally over with the reveal of the FRC 2018 game, FIRST POWER UP. Enjoy below!
Yesterday, our team participated in the second annual STEM-FEST (previously known as STEMCon). There were lot's of booths set up on location, and we had a lot of fun talking and meeting up with lots of fun and interesting people who are interested in STEM and Robotics. We look forward to doing it again next year!
March 23-25 was the FRC Colorado Regional. This year we had our most stable robot ever, with no breakdowns what so ever on the field. We finished at place 31 of 48. As always, we had lots of fun and we felt this was a great year for us. Next year we hope to expand and compete in two regionals, which would be a first for our team.
Happy Valentine's Day! to celebrate, we are unveiling the Creo model of our 2017 season robot. Currently, we do not have a name for it but as soon as we do, It shall be posted. UPDATE: Our Robot's name is Nautilus!!
Yes we realize that the date says 1-26-17, we are writing this now since we just got approval to post this picture. Anyway, last year our team got an offer from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs to tour their robotics lab. Fast forward about 4 months and here we are. We really enjoyed it, saw some really cool projects and even made some good acquaintances along the way.
In case you haven't heard, Team STEM IMPULSE has a Twitter account. We are tweeting every meeting about all kinds of robot related topics, from team Kudos, to funny prototype videos. Be sure to click on the button below to check us out and follow us!
Team 4418 STEM IMPULSE
We are an FRC Team based in Highland's Ranch, Colorado