In anticipation of the new FIRST Robotics Challenge part of our team went down to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science while some of our other teammates set up a viewing party at STEM School. After the game reveal, we were all abuzz with excitement. All in all, a great way to kickoff build season.
Have you heard of Tesla? Of course you have! Who am I taking to, you might be asking? To be honest, I don't know. Anyway, On November 30th, we were able to arrange an entire team test drive and presentation on Tesla; courtesy of the Park Meadows Tesla Store. It was extremely cool and we had a lot of fun. Ludicrous Speed AWAY!!!!!
We were able to get a special opportunity to view up close, a brand new F-18 on it's maiden flight. One of our mentors is in the military and was gracious and kind enough to let us get up close and look into the cockpit as well as tell us how it works. It was a really fun and unique experience.
Hello FIRST fans,
At 7 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, FIRST revealed the sneak peak trailer for their 2017 competition. They also revealed the name of the competition which is "FIRST STEAMWORKS". If you haven't seen it yet, watch it down below.
Have you heard of Sparkfun? If you haven't, Sparkfun is a local Colorado company located just north of Boulder, Colorado. They make hardware that works with the open source platform Arduino. If you don't know what that is, then all we can say is that you're not invested heavily enough to STEM ;-). Anyway, every year they host a competition called AVC (Autonomous Vehicle Competition) and we were invited. We set up a booth and presented to a class full of people about FRC as well as show off Frisbeebot and Totebot. We invited our Regional teammates 1410: Release the Kraken to come up with us as well. We all had loads of fun. We will be going there next year so we hope we can see you there then
Not all schools are K-12 like STEM, for those schools who only go to 8th grade, they hold high school fairs. One such school is All-American Academy. We were asked to come with our assistant principals to both locations to talk about our school from the student perspective. It was a lot of fun and we talked to a lot of great parents and kids.
Several weeks ago we were presented with a tremendous opportunity by Colorado FIRST to present at an event called Ingress and we accepted. Ingress is a game made by Niantic labs (the same people who made Pokémon Go for all you uber nerd fans) and the event was a bunch of players of the game throwing a party. We brought Totebot and FrisbeeBot with us to show off.
At the event we were joined by another FRC team 4068 and an FTC team; 6929. We all had a lot of fun and we got to party with a bunch of nerds, plus make some new connections with the people there. we hope to be able to do it again someday.
School is back in session and so is our team. To kick off the school year, we participated in our school's "Back to School Night". We had a lot of fun and we talked to a lot of great families come and talk to us about our program.
STEM-Con was created by two parents at STEM School and Academy to showcase why STEM is a great thing, and it worked. They invited many of the after school clubs from the Academy as well as vendors from the surrounding area like Barnes & Noble. We showcased FrisbeeBot, ToteBot, and S.T.E.R.L.I.N.G to the people who came to our booth. It was a fun event and we hope it continues for years to come.
In two days we will be participating in an event called STEM-Con. This is the result of two hardworking parents who wanted to create an all inclusive Comic-Con like experience for High School students. Here is the link to the official website as well as some news articles written about it. We hope to see you there.
Team 4418 STEM IMPULSE
We are an FRC Team based in Highland's Ranch, Colorado