Homecoming Game

SPORK would like to congratulate our captain, Anneliese McInnis for making homecoming court! We also had a SPORKcannon during today’s football game. Great job Pine Lake Prep! Anneliese is accompanied by the SPORKcannon( Jk but we think they would make a great couple.)

SPORK Shoot Off

Pine Lake Prep played a great game against Union Academy yesterday. SPORK was out shooting our SPORKcannon, along with selling 50/50 raffle tickets. Thank you to everyone who supported SPORK. Last night we sold to help robotics teams through the Carolinas that schools were flooded due to hurricane Florence. Thank you to everyone that came out to support our team.

SPORK Takes on Spain

Team SPORK would like to thank Enrique González for taking some time out of his busy schedule to come to talk to us about his experience in America. Enrique is a senior from Spain, who is staying with SPORK’s Ryan True.

Q: What is your favorite part about America?

E: I like a lot about America, everyone has treated me well, I feel really comfortable here. One of the things I enjoy the most about living here is the schools. For example, Pine Lake has been something that has caught my attention, the way it works, it’s very different than the way things are back in Spain. One of my favorite days was when I went to the University of Charlotte, I was completely amazed by the number of buildings, how big it was, everything seemed great.

Q: Do you guys have robotics teams back in Spain?

E: I bet there are but I haven’t seen any. I go to a public high school and this is unthinkable. We have a technology class in which they built a robot, it was the most ridiculous thing, a complete disaster. The robot didn’t work at all.

Q: Do you guys have STEM classes in Spain?

E: Yes, when you get to high school you get to choose one of three paths, one that centers around social science, economy, and marketing. One for humanities, which is all about history. Then you have the technology one in which you engineer and use technology, chemistry, physics, and math

Gaston College

On September 19th, a few of Team SPORK’s leadership members presented to a Gaston College committee on how to start a FIRST team. Our members did a fantastic job describing what FIRST is and the benefits of creating a team. The presentation included a description of FIRST and our team,  important resources as a rookie team, demographics of our team, budgeting, outreach, and the benefits that FIRST provides students and schools. Thank you, Gaston College, for providing us with this awesome opportunity!

NC Charter Conference

On July 26th, Team SPORK presented at the North Carolina Charter School conference hosted at our high school, Pine Lake Preparatory. We presented to teachers and administrators about how to start a FIRST team, the benefits of starting a robotics team, and the history of our team. We also had the opportunity to show off our SPORK Cannon and shoot off some t-shirts! We want to give a big thanks to everyone who came to our presentation!