Summer Newsletter

Even though school had ended, FIRST Robotics Competition team 525 the Swartdogs still remained busy.

In June, we organized the FIRST Robotics Showcase at Sturgis Falls. The event featured all four FIRST programs and allowed attendees to learn more about FIRST and how to get involved.  Because all four programs were represented, attendees also saw the progression of each FIRST program:

A local FLL Jr. team displayed their Show Me
Poster and LEGO model and talked about what
they had learned about water this year.

We taught children how to program a NXT robot
just like FLL teams do.

FTC teams demonstrated their robots and gave
others an opportunity to drive them.

Along with other local FRC teams, we
demonstrated our robot and talked to people
about FRC and FIRST.

At the end of July, we exhibited at the Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA Fair during their STEM Fair.  Along with FRC teams 5837 and 6630, we demonstrated our robots and talked to attendees about FRC and FIRST. When the robots were not running, we let children get a closer look at the robots and showed our team spirit through dancing.

On August 16, we presented at a Lunch and Learn for John Deere. Lunch and Learns are where John Deere employees come over their lunch hour to learn about a specific topic. We taught them about FLL and FLL Jr. with the goal of them deciding to coach or mentor a team. We introduced them to the programs and other opportunities to volunteer through FIRST.

In August, we went to the Iowa State Fair on STEM Day. STEM Day is where STEM related programs from across the state gather at the Iowa State Fair to excite families about STEM. We demonstrated our robot and talked to fair goers about what FIRST and FRC are. We also gave a presentation with other FRC teams that introduced what FRC is, the robots we build, and the Iowa Regional to the audience.

While we were all a little sad for school to start again, we still had a great summer and had a lot of fun reaching out to our community!

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