One of the core tenets of Team SPORK is Outreach. Through our strong community presence at numerous events near and far, we promote FIRST to the surrounding community. To learn about the outreach Team SPORK has participated in, check out the gallery below. Hovering over each image will reveal the event’s name and date, and clicking on the image to take you to more information describing the event.
Back to School Bash Mooresville
July 18, 2019
Mooresville High 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 ... Read more...
June 18, 2019
Throughout competition season this year, our team participated in a social media challenge to promote and encourage female engineers in our community! Below are all the #FIRSTLikeAGirl photos from the 2018-2019 season:
NC FLL State Competition
February 3, 2019
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!
Lawndale FLL Competition
January 12, 2019
Team SPORK volunteered at the Lawndale FIRST LEGO League Competition on January 12th, 2019. Our students served as Referees, Field resetters, and Queuers, while the mentors and loving parents volunteering with Team SPORK served as Judges for the FLL teams. A handful of our extremely dedicated members and mentors made the trip to Lawndale the ... Read more...
Charlotte Olympic High School FLL Competition
December 15, 2018
On December 15th, Team SPORK students and mentors volunteered at the Charlotte Olympic High School FLL competition, along with members from fellow FRC teams YETI Robotics (3506) and T-Rex (4935). Serving as field referees and team judges, Team SPORK’s volunteers helped ensure the competitions ran smoothly.
NC Winston Salem FLL Competition
December 1, 2018
On Saturday, December 1st, we had students and mentors travel to Winston Salem in order to aid at an FLL Competition. This competition was the NC Winston Salem State University Competition, a qualifying competition for FIRST LEGO League. Our students and mentors helped referee tables and judge robots, projects, and core values for several teams ... Read more...
Cannon School FLL Competition
November 18, 2018
On Sunday, November 18, 2018, Team SPORK volunteered at a FIRST Lego League (FLL) competition at Cannon School in Concord! FLL, the 9 to 14-year-old component of the FIRST program, allows kids to build and compete with LEGO robots that are specifically designed for the year’s game and missions. Team SPORK helped with everything from ... Read more...
STEAM Day at the Ada Jenkins Center
November 16, 2018
On Friday November 16, 2018 Team SPORK volunteered at the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson! We had two booths at the event which both had fun robotics related activities for the kids. At our first booth they were able to drive and pick things up with team-built VEX bots. At our other booth, kids were ... Read more...
RoboStock FLL Scrimmage
October 29, 2018
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!
First Lego League Scrimmage
October 28, 2018
On October 28, 2018, Team SPORK attended the RoboStock FLL Scrimmage at the FIRST Zone in Charlotte. Run by YETI, FRC Team 3506, this event allowed FLL teams around the area to come and compete in a mock competition. While at the RoboStock FLL Scrimmage, Team SPORK reffed tables, kept the scores, and judged projects, ... Read more...
iMAGINE STEAM Festival Recap
October 28, 2018
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 ... Read more...
iMAGINE STEAM Festival
October 27, 2018
On October 27, 2018, Team SPORK attended the iMAGINE STEAMFest in Rock Hill, South Carolina. This annual festival promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. 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 ... Read more...
iMAGINE STEAM Fest!
October 27, 2018
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 ... Read more...
Rock Hill iMAGINE STEAM Fest Updates!
October 26, 2018
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 ... Read more...
Mathnasium Math Night!
October 26, 2018
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! ... Read more...
Mathnasium Math Night
October 25, 2018
Team SPORK participated in the Mathnasium Math Night at Torrence Creek Elementary on October 25th. At this event, Team SPORK students and mentors led math games and engaged students while educating their parents. Team SPORK also brought SPORKReach and ran a game where students threw bean bags at the robot and drove the robot. Team SPORK ... Read more...
Second Harvest Food Bank
October 22, 2018
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 ... Read more...
2nd Harvest Food Bank
October 20, 2018
Team SPORK reaches out to our community as well as a few others when they chose to spend their Saturday at 2nd harvest food bank making sure all of the right food and medication, as well as other necessities can go to families in need. Team SPORK thanks Second Harvest Food Bank for the opportunity. ... Read more...
Rock Hill iMAGINE STEAM Festival!
October 20, 2018
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!
Team SPORK at Mini Maker Faire
October 18, 2018
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 ... Read more...
Mini Maker Faire
October 13, 2018
On October 13, Team SPORK attended the Charlotte Mini Maker Faire at Discovery Place. This is an event where various engineers, companies, and artist come to showcase their inventions and experiments. This was the team’s third year attending the faire and we were excited to bring our new summer bot, SPORKreach. The adults and children ... Read more...
Mini Maker Faire!
October 13, 2018
Come see us at Discovery Place in Charlotte from 9 to 4! We’re running SPORKreach and can’t wait to see you!
September 20, 2018
Team SPORK, this year, began selling 50/50 raffle tickets in order to raise money for FRC Teams affected by Hurricane Florence. We sold raffle tickets at our school’s football games, raising $819 dollars in total, but are planning on donating $1000 dollars to this charitable cause. Team SPORK will continue this raffle in the future, ... Read more...
September 19, 2018
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 ... Read more...
FIRST LEGO League Kickoff
September 1, 2018
Team SPORK attended the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) kickoff event in Greensboro, where our students gave a presentation analyzing and breaking down the INTO ORBIT game rules to FLL teams. SPORK members also led a break down of the FLL Kit of Parts, where our students went through the components available for use on FLL robots. ... Read more...
A Recap of the Back To School Bashes
August 18, 2018
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 ... Read more...
Back to School Bash Statesville
August 11, 2018
Team SPORK students and mentors participated in the Back to School Bash on August 11th. The Back to School Bash served over 1,300 disadvantaged students from the local area and provided them with free school supplies, shoes, books, bags, and physicals. Team SPORK helped distribute shoes to students, helped with registration, and helped distribute school ... Read more...
Back to School Bash Mooresville
August 4, 2018
The Mooresville Back 2 School Bash is an annual event that gears the community up for the school year, supplying disadvantaged families with school supplies, shoes, books, bags, and physicals. Team SPORK ran a booth at the 2018 B2SB where kids and parents could play with our robot, SPORKReach, and learn about the benefits of participating in a ... Read more...
Back-To-School Bash 2018
August 2, 2018
Come join Team SPORK at Mooresville Middle School Saturday, August 4th, at the annual Back-To-School Bash! We will be bringing our brand new outreach robot, SPORKReach, to promote STEM education and the FIRST mission. Back-To-School Bash will be distributing school supplies, clothing, shoes, books, and backpacks to over 1500 students in need in our community. ... Read more...
NC Charter Conference
July 27, 2018
Yesterday, July 26th, our school hosted the North Carolina Charter Conference at our STEM building. We shared with local schools the ideals of FIRST and how to implement a team! We had so much fun showing off our t-shirt cannon and sharing the importance of STEM education!
NC Charter Conference
July 26, 2018
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 ... Read more...
April 28, 2018
On April 28th Team SPORK joined another FRC Team, Iced Java, at the Charlotte Aviation Museum to expose the community to the FIRST program and show off our robots from the 2017 and the 2018 seasons, Dr. STEAM and Super SPORK 64! We showed kids how valuable STEM education is and even let them drive ... Read more...
April 28, 2018
We are at the Charlotte Aviation Museum with our buddies Iced Java!!!
October 3, 2016
This past weekend some members and mentors of Team SPORK were volunteering with Eliminate the Digital Divide (E2D) giving away hundreds of laptops to different students who couldn’t afford them for school. During hours of hard work we gave away over 400 computers, changing the lives of roughly 2,000 people! It was very humbling to be able ... Read more...
Lower School Curriculum NIght
September 12, 2016
Team SPORK will be helping out at the Lower School curriculum night today and tomorrow (Sept. 12th & 13th). We are ecstatic to help out the faculty of the lower school with their event as well as any upcoming events they might have.
Lawndale FLL Competiton
December 5, 2015
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 ... Read more...
November 14, 2015
On November 14, Team SPORK competed in our school’s NovemberFest Chili Cook-Off. This is the first year our team has competed in the cook off, and it was a good way to reach out to our school and spread the word of FIRST. We had multiple generous donations throughout the night and had the chance ... Read more...
Barnes & Noble Maker Faire
November 8, 2015
Team SPORK was given the opportunity to participate in the Barnes & Noble Mini-Maker Faire on Sunday, November 8. Students were able to share some information about FIRST and what Team SPORK is about with children and adults. We even held a mini robot design competition and gave the winners a SPORK shirt. It was ... Read more...
The Great Chili Cook-Off
October 31, 2015
The Great Chili Cook-off is an annual event that was held on October 31 this year and hosted by The Rotary Clubs of Mooresville Lake-Norman, Mooresville, Top of the Lake and Troutman to benefit local charities. Top of the Lake Rotary Club president, Jeremy Katz, invited Team SPORK high school robotics team to provide some ... Read more...
Discovery Place Mini Maker Faire
October 14, 2015
On October 10, our team had the chance to present at a Mini Maker Faire. A small group of us journeyed out to Charlotte’s Discovery Place with our trusty old Shooter McGavin from Rebound Rumble. We displayed our homemade 3D printers and created Team SPORK logos to give out, along with our pins and flashlights. ... Read more...
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