Outreach is a big part of FTC, and it is important to advocate and talk to the community. Our outreach events range from talking to kids at local events to meeting with Senators and Representatives about legislation that affects FIRST programs. The goal of doing outreach is to get the public more interested in STEM and FIRST activities, and to promote creativity. FTC has been a great experience for all of our team members, and we have lots of fun sharing that with others!
Below we have highlighted some of our favorite outreach events of this season.
Presentation at Kickoff
Some of our team members made a presentation called Into to Documentation, and presented it for rookie teams at our kickoff event. The presentation went really well, and there were lots of good questions! If you would like to access the slides, use this link.
TWIST Target Tour
In July 2023, Saniyah, Abby, and Ayana attended a girls-only event at Target Northern Campus. There, Target shared information with us about how to empower ourselves to pursue STEM careers and seek out leadership roles. (TWIST is Target Women in Science and Technology).
Ramsey County Library Story Time
Our team went to the Ramsey Country Library in Shoreview twice this year during robot story time. We sang along, our robot danced, and we let kids and their parents drive. Everyone had lots of fun, and the kids were very interested in our robot!
SPARCS Infinity Robotics Tour
James and Harry went to a SPARCS IT tour at Infinity Robotics to learn about the importance of safety in robot-human interactions, how to reduce error in autonomous using different methods, and how to detect an object's position without using a full AI.
SPARCS Microsoft Tour
Some of our team members toured Microsoft to learn about how coding can be used in the real world, and to see some cool things that can be done with it. This tour was organized by SPARCS, a Minnesota youth technology development program for middle and high schoolers, which is a part of Minnesota State University.