Robot demonstration and STEM outreach

FSR students pose alongside ILC space suit at 2016 DE STEM Council Awards Ceremony

FSR students pose alongside ILC space suit at 2015 DE STEM Council Awards Ceremony

Student representatives of two FSR teams– FRC 365 (MOE) and FTC 8528 (Rhyme Know Reason) — demonstrated their robots and talked about their design process with attendees at the 2015 Delaware STEM Council Educator Award presentation. In addition, FSR board member, Rashmi Kumar, a specialist in STEM learning with the University of Pennsylvania, was featured on a panel discussion– “Building a Culture of Community Learning around STEM.” The event, sponsored by the Delaware STEM Council, was held January 25 at the Chase Center in Wilmington.

Display at local library highlights FTC robotics

This month at the Brandywine Hundred Library in Wilmington, DE, you can see a display put together by FTC Team 8528 that promotes FIRST, First State Robotics, and FIRST Tech Challenge. Students from Rhyme Know Reason wanted an effective way to show their community the fun, unique culture of FIRST. They pulled together trophies, their Engineering Notebook, and a poster from the 2014-2015 season to give those unfamiliar with FTC an idea of what they do as a robotics team.

In order to show the unique culture of FIRST, the team also chose to display buttons collected from teams all over the world. Trading buttons is a huge part of FTC events. Designing and distributing buttons gives teams a chance to express their team identity and get their name out to advertise their team. Some teams use buttons as a way to promote a special project or event. Most buttons are two-inch diameter metal pins covered in paper, but some teams make buttons out of laser-cut wood or even 3D-printed parts.

The display will be up through the month of January. Rhyme Know Reason thanks the Brandywine Hundred Library for giving them this opportunity.

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Upcoming public event

Family Fun Day at the Museum

Who: Elementary and middle grade students from FLL team ThunderMinds and High school age students from FRC team MOE365, among dozens of other exhibitors

What: DMNH Second Annual Family Fun Day

When: Saturday, June 13, 9:30 am to 2 pm

Where: Delaware Museum of Natural History, 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington

Free with museum admission.

More info and directions at DMNH website, click here.