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.
Mathnasium Math Night
February 13, 2020
Team SPORK participated in Mathnasium Math Night at Lakeshore Elementary School in Mooresville on ??? Members of our team set up and worked with many children grades K through 5. At the event, our team worked two booths. At one booth, members ran our outreach game with SPORKreach which the children were able to not ... Read more...
NC Tech Conference
January 24, 2020
Team SPORK attended the NC Tech Conference to help spread the message of FIRST and STEM with FIRST NC President Marie Hopper. We demonstrated our 2017 robot Dr. Steam to many tech companies from across North Carolina.
North Carolina FLL State Competition
January 18, 2020
On January 18th and 19th members and mentors of Team SPORK volunteered at the North Carolina FLL State Competition. Our team members volunteered as referees, scorekeepers, and judges for robot design, project, and core values. We also reunited with a SPORK alum and former team captain, Maggie! Team SPORK had a blast helping throughout the ... Read more...
Mathnasium Math Night
January 16, 2020
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 ... Read more...
FLL Junior Expo
December 7, 2019
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 ... Read more...
Cannon FLL Competition
November 24, 2019
Team SPORK students and mentors volunteered at a FIRST Lego League competition at Cannon School on Sunday, November 24. Our students refereed game tables, attended the scoreboard, and judged events such as Project and Robot Design. SPORK mentors and returning alumni also judged the Core Values, Project, and Robot Design events.
Olympic FLL Competition
November 23, 2019
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 ... Read more...
Second Harvest Food Bank
November 21, 2019
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 ... Read more...
iMagine STEAM Festival
September 28, 2019
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 ... Read more...
Back to School Bash Mooresville
July 18, 2019
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 ... 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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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