HUGE THANK YOU to the veteran teams for coming to help teach the rookie members- Mecha Dojo, RUBIES, Height Differential, Ponytail Posse, Iron Maidens, and Parallax Shift!! :)
In hopes of helping rookie teams dive into CAD/Programming easier for their first time, we held a CAD/Programming workshop with rookie team members learning, and veteran members teaching one-on-one hands on in our CAD lab! We had over 50 people come, and it was a huge turnout and a lot of fun!!
We started the day with a teacher’s meeting for the veteran “teachers”, while the rookie members played Quizlet LIVE in teams of four, working together to figure out questions about Game Manual Part 1 & 2. We split people into CAD teachers and Programming teachers, and gave them a guide to help their kids. We started teaching programming first, and helped the rookie members navigate Android Studios and the FTC_App_Master package! They learned how to write teleop and autonomous, and learn the Java language overall. Our workshop also went through PTC Creo, and taught the kids how to assembly and how to make custom parts. They were excited and had a lot of questions, so it was super fun working together! Afterwards, we got into mixed groups of 5-6 and did a school wide scavenger hunt (pictures in the gallery).
Overall, it was a funnnnnnn day and everyone, mentors and rookies alike, met new people, learned a lot, and had a blast! :)
To send off one of the FIRST Friend teams, FTC team #8712 EPIC, since it's their senior year, we did a workshop that included a scrimmage for teams heading to Supers, and fun games to celebrate EPIC's three amazing years!
After our team came up with FIRST Friends, and thorough development with a business plan and website for months, seeing it finally come together in person is absolutely incredible! When we sent out the e-mail asking teams to come and getting a feel for if this could really happen with Supers being right on the horizon, we were pretty skeptical. So when teams responded back that they were coming, we were so pleasantly surprised and excited! It was a very hectic week spent planning the day out, booking rooms, calculating food expenses, updating teams with new information, decorating EPIC’s poster, shopping for their gift, and everything, but it was so worth it! When teams starting showing up on the day of, and it hit me that it was actually real, and it was actually happening….. I couldn’t be happier.
We started the day by greeting the teams by the door, and taking them down to room 121, where the scrimmage was held. Since teams ended up coming in at staggered times, the scrimmage went on for an hour longer than planned, and lunch was pushed an hour later, but it was still fun, and great driving practice for Ponytail Posse who was going to be competing at Super Regionals in less than a week. We had a giant clock going, with a timekeeper announcing the different periods, and two scorekeepers keeping track of the scrimmaging teams. Scrimmages went well, and Ponytail Posse told us at the end that it was productive and good driver’s training for them. :) We helped Rubies fix their phones connection since their programmer wasn’t there, while EPIC and Parallax Shift helped out with trying different strategies against Ponytail Posse on the field.
After the scrimmage, we had lunch together and then we got into mixed teams to play some games! Our first game was a scavenger hunt where different prompts were hidden around the school, requiring teams to film videos that we could later watch and judge as a group, like “describe next year’s game challenge in a video” (most teams said “water game”). It was super fun hunting around the school and running into each other, and collaborating on some- two of the teams came together to “freestyle rap about FIRST” and it was pretty “EPIC”! Our second game was Jeopardy, which included robotics categories, but also miscellaneous ones too. At the very end, we totaled up points for the mixed teams, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place got certificates, and we ended the day by giving a giant gift basket and a notes jar (from all the teams) to EPIC. We'll really miss them next year!
Overall, it was a huge success and mostly, a TON OF FUN!! Check out the videos and pictures from that day under the "Gallery" tab.