On February 2nd and February 3rd, Team SPORK students and mentors volunteered at the North Carolina FIRST LEGO League State Competition, held at NC A&T University. Our students served as referees and our mentors as judges on both days of the competition. One of our members was even recognized and received the Outstanding Volunteer Award!
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.
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!
Link to PDF with Information: iMAGINESTEAMFestivalFlier2018_noMarks
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.
Come see us and other amazing STEAM related exhibits at the Rock Hill STEAM Festival! There will be science shows, 3D printers, coding, VR, ROBOTS(!) and so much more!
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.
To learn more about the Charlotte Mini Maker Faire visit https://charlotte.makerfaire.com/.
Come see us at Discovery Place in Charlotte from 9 to 4! We’re running SPORKreach and can’t wait to see you!