Mathnasium Math Night

Team SPORK participated in Mathnasium Math Night at Huntersville Elementary School on January 16. Members helped set up different booths and interacted with many children, encouraging them to have fun with STEM and math activities. Our team ran two booths: one with our SPORKreach game and another where students played math-related card game. Members also had the opportunity to show children how our outreach robot works! We also want to thank Mathnasium for giving us the opportunity to spread joy through STEM at this event.

FLL Junior Expo

On December 07, Team SPORK hosted an FLL Jr. Expo at our school, Pine Lake Preparatory. In addition to being an opportunity for FLL Jr. teams to have their projects reviewed and their successes celebrated, teams were able to participate in many fun activities.

FLL Jr. students created hoop gliders, BristleBots (vibration-powered toothbrush robots!), customized buttons, and were able to drive and play with SPORKReach.

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Olympic FLL Competition

Team SPORK students and mentors volunteered at the Olympic High School FIRST Lego League Competition on Saturday, November 23. Our students refereed the robot matches along with students from teams YETI (3506), T-Rex (4935), and Bots on Wheels (4290), with our team captain, Scott, serving as Head Referee. Several of Team SPORK’s mentors and a returning alum were Judges for the event, evaluating teams’ performance in Robot Design, Project, and Core Values.

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Second Harvest Food Bank

Second Harvest Food Bank supplies food through 19 counties in North and South Carolina through over 700 pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and programs for low-income children and seniors and distributes 54 million pounds of food each year in 19 counties. Team SPORK sorted 9,900 pounds of donated goods from Walmart for distribution into the community. Visit https://www.secondharvestmetrolina.org to learn more about Second Harvest or to sign up to volunteer.

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iMagine STEAM Festival

On September 28, 2019, Team SPORK attended the iMAGINE STEAMFest in Rock Hill, South Carolina. “The iMAGINE STEAM Festival in Rock Hill is designed to showcase preK-12 education and career pathways in Science, Technology, Arts, Engineering and Math (STEAM) through fun, hands-on learning for families from across York, Chester and Lancaster Counties.”

While at the STEAMFest, Team SPORK ran a game with our robot, SPORKReach, where kids could take turns driving the robot. While not driving, they could throw beanbags into cascading rings (much like Skee-Ball).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Team SPORK also took ourĀ SPORKCannon and our 2019 robot, SPORKnik, which we demoed during a 20 minute stage show. During the show, we explained FIRST, FRC, the 2019 challenge, and some of the technical details of our robots. We wrapped up ourshow by firing off a couple of T-Shirts.

Back to School Bash Mooresville

Mooresville Middle School hosts an annual Back 2 School Bash that helps prepare for the upcoming school year by providing disadvantaged families with books, shoes, bags, school supplies, and physicals. Team SPORK ran a booth that had SPORKreach set up for children (and parents!) to play with; along with in information table that was dedicated to spreading the word about the FIRST program.