Team Cypher #17464 is a rookie team based in Centennial High School, MD. We are excited for our first season in the 2019-2020 challenge! We currently have 14 members with a variety of experiences and backgrounds, ranging from FIRST LEGO League (FLL) and other FIRST Tech Challenge teams to enrollment in advanced engineering, math, and science courses, to art, design, business, and marketing interests. Our team is a part of the Centennial High School FTC Robotics Club.
Our mission is to improve our own knowledge and experiences of building, programming, and marketing by working together to create a cohesive final robot and presentation. We wish to bring STEM and robotics to the community, educate and interest the general public in STEM and robotics, and to engage with those in STEM and robotics in higher education. We hope our dedication and passion for robotics will lead us to success!
Beyond focusing on our own robot and team, we try to create a worthwhile impact on the community by sharing our experiences with others. We have tried to expand from the club’s past presentation styles, which while informative, are not interactive and are unsuitable for younger audiences. We have planned and executed successful workshops for children using LEGO Mindstorms to create challenges, allowing them to have fun while exploring basic building and programming processes. We have created a collaboration workshop with our school’s Girl STEMpowerment club doing just this, further establishing our presence in the school. We have also done activities like this at our club’s Robotics Winter Showcase.
We also try to establish ourselves in diverse places in the community. We visited McDaniel college and spoke to college students and professors about our efforts. They were very interested and offered us some advice for the 2019-2020 season that we took into consideration. Our team members also visited the USRA STEMaction center and represented robotics to children and their parents.
In addition to teaching the community about what we do, we want to learn about robotics from those who know it better. For this reason, we visited McDaniel College, where we got feedback on our prototype robot from the college professors and students, and Howard Community College, where Associate Professor Mark Edelene gave us a tour of the HCC Science, Engineering, and Technology building. We learned a lot from both outreaches and we hope our newfound knowledge makes us a better team.