Team 116 was fortunate to attend the 2016 Air and Scare event at the Udvar-Hazy National Air and Space Museum this weekend.
The team presented and talked about the culture and meaning of FIRST to kids, parents and the curious people that found themselves in our stand.
We showed off and drove one of our competition robots around, had a station to talk about FIRST while playing with Hexbugs, hosted our own arena for kids to play with many custom-built Square Bots, and brought them closer to competition-ready drive testing by giving them the chance to drive one of our smaller beta robots.
Our stand showcased some of the awards our team was fortunate enough to win throughout the years.
Here is a picture of Superman trying his hand with our beta robot.
We had a chance to talk to many interested kids and parents — many were excited to learn more. The team used the opportunity to collect email addresses of interested parents and teens who wanted to learn more. We collected nearly 50 emails and helped spread the word about the interest and purpose of FIRST Robotics.
As the pre-season is well underway, our team has begun to participate in outreach and off-season opportunities that will develop the team and prepare them for the challenges ahead. We’ll be attending both IROC and Air & Scare this year.
IROC: (Ilite Robotics Off-Season Challenge) is an off-season recreation of the FIRST Stronghold game, hosted at Battlefield High School. Teams across our district will be attending and will take advantage of the opportunities of practicing build-season protocols and procedures at the event. It’s a great way to keep new team members interested and let them gain an understanding of what it is like to participate in the heat of competition. We last participated in this competition 3 years ago, where we placed as a finalist.
Air & Scare: Air and Scare is an event hosted at the National Air and Space museum of Udvar-Hazy, which our team has used as a platform in the last 10~ years to promote the meaning of FIRST to parents and children. Hundreds of kids and their parents stream into the museum to participate in the wide-ranging activities – our team uses our station to talk about FRC, FTC, and the purpose of FIRST.
Our entire team is really excited to be participating in both events this year – we hope to see you there!