After our Super Regional tournament, we attended Step Up Loudoun, a STEM focused event, where we met the first place recipient FTC team, PASTA, who we had established contact with prior to the finals.
We kept in touch after the event and eventually, we were able to find a community service opportunity that we could work on together. We settled on volunteering at InMed Summer Camps, a free summer camp for children whose parents are unable to keep them at home and are not able to afford the costs of a regular camp.
InMed would rotate kids in two week sessions to allow as many kids they could possibly help out. Our team would also rotate members. At the camp, we held two hour sessions once every other week. We decided on having the kids complete a series of teamwork challenges including a tin foil airplane, paper tower, and a floating tin foil boat that could hold pennies. We gave about 15 minutes for each exercises and followed it with a quick debrief. We worked with about 20 kids at a time and split them up into groups to work together. We also started of our session with a quick icebreaker that allows us to get to know the kids a little better.
Once we were finished, we handed our some of our laser cut gear pins and said our goodbyes. We had lots of fun and can’t wait to volunteer at InMed again this coming summer!