Walker-Jones Scramble

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  On March 25th 2017, we attended the Walker-Jones DC FLL Scramble to mentor FLL-aged children on EV3 programming. There were a total of seven FLL teams, as well as a Jr.FLL team. They were all really enthusiastic kids with a budding passion for robotics. We demonstrated the line following program on our EV3 demo-bots. We used an old FLL … Read More

Demoing Robots for Engineering Week

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To kick off National Engineering Week, the Children’s Science Center in Fairfax, Virginia, asked us to do a robot demo as a part of their Engineering Week Expo on February 20th. We demoed our LED-covered demo-bot, and came up with a new innovation in robotics– knocking down block towers. We set up in the Science Center’s “garage,” which is really … Read More

Cub Run Science Fair

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Our second time visiting the Cub Run Elementary Science Fair was a blast! We were able to inspire the school to add more STEM and robotics related activities through our robotics demonstrations. The science fair allowed the students to identify a local problem and create a simple solution and create an exhibit to show off their discoveries. Their projects ranged … Read More

Troubleshooting Guide: Advantages to Rapid Prototyping

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Throughout the season, teams often want to quickly prototype and test different ideas for their robot or need a special part in their robot that cannot be obtained off-the-shelf. Teams often turn to rapid prototyping methods, most commonly 3-D printing and laser cutting. The first major advantage of these methods is quickly testing ideas before committing to them on a … Read More

Mentoring the FIRST Global Team From Italy

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As a FIRST ambassador team, we do many hours of outreach every season, and a big part of that is mentoring FIRST teams. That’s why we have taken steps to mentor a team in FIRST’s newest program-FIRST Global. This year, FIRST has taken a huge step to promote STEM and robotics around the world through the Olympic-style competition of FIRST … Read More