Team Cypher and a few other veteran members visited McDaniel College and discussed with some professional engineers and programmers about the FIRST program, robotics, and engineering in general. We also requested for their mentorship because the lack of a professional coach of mentor has always been one of our weaknesses.
Team VIRUS and Exponential visited two senior centers, Rainbow Terrace Adult Day Care and Long Life Adult Medical Center, and gave a presentation about our club's mission as a part of FTC.
Howard County Chinese School (HCC)
Team Exponential went to the Howard County Chinese School's STEM fair located at Howard County Community College. We gave presentations, demonstrated our robot, and talked to other teams such as Team RICE, 14185, and the FLL teams based on the Chinese school and local churches.
Team VIRUS and Exponential visited Asymmetrik, who has been their sponsor for two years. They gave a presentation about their robots and got to learn about the work that Asymmetrik does.
Lunar New Year Festival
Team VIRUS and Exponential visited Glenelg High School for the Lunar New Year Festival, where they set up their own booths to demonstrate their robots in action. They also let children drive around the robots, showing them how fun FTC can be.
A few members from each team visited a variety of stores on Baltimore National Pike, asking for potential sponsorships. They received a $100 in-store credit from Home Depot to purchase tools.
Ellicott Mills Middle
Team Exponential visited a PLTW class in Ellicott Mills Middle School and gave a demonstration of their robot and a presentation about FTC. The students were very interested in robotics and participating in FIRST programs later.
One Centennial Workshop
Team VIRUS and Exponential held a workshop for a school event called One Centennial, where they gave a presentation about FTC and demonstrated our robot completing challenges on the playing field. They also let students drive around the robot and pick up minerals to place in the lander.