This video was released on the FIRST blog as an unofficial hint
Today we came together as a team and voted for the people who will help us succeed this year. We completely ecstatic to usher in our new student leaders and see what they are capable of. Not only are we glad to see our new leaders be elected, we are completely exhilarated to start our new build season with our freshmen who we hope will stay with us on this crazy ride through the next 4 years.
Team SPORK stands for Students Providing Outreach and Robotic Kinship. This means that we strive to inspire younger generations. We mentor many Jr FLL, FLL, and FRC teams, including well over 150 kids this year alone. It is exciting to see them grow in STEM and be so enthusiastic about robotics. They get so excited about everything to do with robotics, FIRST, and STEM. We love going to and running their competitions because the smiles on the children’s faces are so big and don’t fade the whole day. Even if they don’t win, they are happy about just being there and feel accomplished about where their robot and projects have gotten them. It is very touching when they talk about how they can’t wait to be in high school because they want to on Team SPORK. We are overjoyed to know that these kids understand the meaning of FIRST and it makes us want to continue mentoring them. We dedicate ten or more hours a week to mentoring FIRST students. Team SPORK is even home to the 2015 NC FLL Youth Mentor of the Year, Erin Lashley.
Today, Burns Middle School hosted a FLL regional competition. The competition consisted of 36 teams. There were 4 teams attending that were directly created by us. Out of those 4 teams, 3 of them are going to the state competition in January. A majority of the referees and judges at this competition were members of our team, and our very own Erin Lashley won the Youth Mentor Award for the second year in a row. She also aspires to win the Youth Mentor Award for the second time at the state level.