Main Outreach Events from this season!

Downingtown Area Robotics Open House

This event was held on August 10 and 11, 2018 at our permanent meeting space in the Exton Square Mall. This location is great for visibility of all of our FIRST programs. We were there both days to demonstrate FTC as well as FLL since we are recent graduates of that program. Along with our FRC and FTC team, we were able to recruit so many students to participate in all 4 of the FIRST programs that all the teams are filled and are on a waitlist for future students. There were so many people interested in FTC that we had to start another team for them.

Our location in the Exton Square Mall

Whenever we are practicing it always happens that someone wanders into our meeting space at the mall. This is probably because it looks like a regular store, where it is normal to walk in and out of the area. So when this does happen, we realize that we are ambassadors of all of FIRST and do our best to talk about what we have to offer and how they can participate.

Kids Tech Exploration Day Demonstrations

FIRST LEGO League demonstration by our team

This was an event at a local, major e-commerce company where we were able to demonstrate both FTC and FLL. The company, TURN 5 Inc., designed this event to provide knowledge & skills to children between the ages 7-13 with several hands-on demonstrations of new and growing technology.

Volunteering at FLL Scrimmage and Qualifier

Team members telling “Dad Jokes” during a break in the action.

Our team has volunteered to be timers and queuers for the FLL scrimmage in November, as well as their qualifier in December.

FLL and FLL Jr. Program Assistance

Members from both our team, and our sister team (FTC 7314) assist with a FIRST LEGO League Jr. activity.

Occasionally, several of our team members help out with the younger grades with FLL and FLL JR. and they give their expertise in any way they can.

3D printed hands for those who need them

We are in the beginning stages of 3D printing hands for those who need them. We decided to do this because we were able to buy a 3D printer with a grant we received, and thought this would be a good way to use that printer to “return the favor.” So far, we have printed a test hand, and plan on submitting it to the E-Nable foundation to be approved as a hand maker. Then, we will be able to make hands for those who signed up through their registry.

2018 Eastern PA Qualifier

This was an amazing event for us. It was our first official qualifying tournament. Not only did we finish qualifying matches undefeated in first place, we went on to be the Winning Alliance Captain and punched our ticket to the PA State Championships in March 2019!

Our efforts leading up to this event was to practice, practice, practice! We decided to not add any more functionality to our robot and instead concentrate on getting a consistent autonomous and endgame since those were where the most points were.

Thanks to our alliance partners, Team 4174, Atomic Theory and Team 14842, our Downingtown Area Robotics teammates, Spygears!

2018 Oxford Open

This was our first scrimmage event where we were able to compete but also be able to figure out our robot and how a tournament works. We did fairly well for a rookie team, finishing in 8th place out of 18, with a record of 3 wins and 2 losses. We had good runs, even though we had problems. Our drive team did a good job and were able to recover from mistakes quickly. Even though we were nervous, we did fine.

Pennsylvania FTC Rover Ruckus Kickoff

Today we attended the FTC kickoff at Penn State’s Great Valley Campus. We were facetiming other FTC team areas all across PA. The presenter from Penn State (the campus in York) reviewed different areas of FTC such as….

  • Awards and Advancements
  • Coaches Calls
  • Volunteering
  • Consent and Release Forms
  • Qualifiers/Competitions/Scrimmages Dates
  • CHALLENGE REVEAL!!!
Team member Lasya (in tie-dye) accepting a door prize from Actobotics and Out of The Box FTC Team 7244.

Now the important part, the challenge reveal. We watched the video for the first time at the kickoff. This is the video!!!