On Sunday, Team SPORK attended the RoboStock FLL Scrimmage at the FIRST Zone in Charlotte! We helped ref tables, judged projects and robots, and aided about 15 teams, allowing them to get an understanding of the actual competition! Thank you so much to NC FIRST for letting us help at this scrimmage!
Yesterday, Team SPORK joined many other STEM groups in Rock Hill, South Carolina for an iMAGINE STEAM Festival. At our tent, we ran SPORKReach and helped children learn more about STEM and engineering. We also performed two stage shows, where we introduced the audience to our 2018 FIRST Robotics Competition Robot, Super SPORK 64, and taught them about the FRC challenge. We also got to show off Super SPORK 64’s crazy lift and intake mechanics. The best part of our day was being able to interact and teach kids more about STEM and FIRST, which have changed our lives so much.
Thank you for everyone who came out to see us!–Hartley N.
Today’s the day! It may be chilly outside, but that’s not stopping Team SPORK! We’ll be here all day today, with not one, not two, but THREE of our robots! We have two stage shows, one at 12:20 and the other at 2:00! Come out and see us and the rest of these amazing STEM booths!
Team SPORK is excited to be attending the Rock Hill iMAGINE STEAM Fest Tomorrow, October 27th! We will have not one, but TWO stage shows. One will be at 12:20 pm and the other will be at 2:00 pm! Come to see not only SPORKReach, but also the SPORKCannon! Plus there will be other booths with science shows, 3D printers, VR, and other amazing technology!
Last night, Team SPORK participated in a Math Night! Displaying our robot SPORKReach, we allowed students to throw bean bags at our robot, drive the bot, and talked to them about FIRST and Team SPORK! We also helped with different math-related and STEM-related activities! Thank you so much to Mathnasium for letting us help!
Here’s a cool video of one of our SPORK members leading a game with SPORKReach at the Math Night!
Team SPORK went to Second Harvest Food Bank in Charlotte on October 20. Team members, parents, and mentors sorted foods and medicines that will be distributed in the community. In total, Team SPORK sorted 5,600 pounds of food, 10,200 pounds of bread, and 12,800 pounds of medicine. Second Harvest Food Bank distributes 54 million pounds of food each year in 19 counties. Team SPORK enjoyed going out into the community and making a positive change, especially after the two recent hurricanes.
To learn more about Second Harvest and how to volunteer, visit https://www.secondharvestmetrolina.org/. -Amber P.
We volunteered at the Charlotte Mini Maker Faire at Discovery Place on Saturday, October 13. This is our third year attending the event where various engineers, companies, and artists all come to show off cool inventions and experiments. We demonstrated our new robot, SPORKreach, and spread the word about robotics and the FIRST program. Children and adults were able to drive and play with the robot under the supervision of members and mentors. Members talked to interested parents and community members about our team and the various engineering programs that FIRST offers. We had a fun time engaging within the community and teaching our future STEM leaders about the opportunities that FIRST offers to them.
Over the last two weeks, Team SPORK has truly done a lot. We’ve attended not one, but TWO Back to School Bashes in our surrounding area!
The Mooresville Back to School Bash was held at Mooresville Middle School on Saturday, August 4th. This was our main event. We spent the day introducing students to our new outreach bot, SPORKreach, and allowing families and students to understand what FIRST is and how they could get their children into this amazing program! Overall, we served over 1,500 students from the area, and saw over 5,000 people at the event. This was also the first outreach event our new SPORK members attended, and we’re so proud of each and every one of them that came out to represent their team. Interested in learning more? Go to :http://www.b2sb.org/
But it doesn’t stop there. While our bots may not have been there, a few SPORK Families took the initiative to volunteer at the Statesville Back To School Bash as well. Serving a similar number of people, except from the Statesville area, these students and families spent the entire day distributing school supplies, shoes, books, bags and much more ! And of course, they all had fun doing it.
The Back to Schools Bashes were focused on distributing school supplies, books, bags, socks, shoes, and much more to disadvantaged students in the area. They also allow for students to see different interests and have fun right before the school year starts. To parents and students that reached out for more information about FIRST, look out for an email coming out soon with information on how to start teams and how Team SPORK can help you do that. And if you happen to have some time and want to volunteer, there are other Back to School Bashes throughout our state. In Charlotte alone, there are 3 this week. We encourage you to go out and volunteer!