First Lego League
The FLL teams meets at The Beaver Dam High School at varying nights, right after school. The teams are mentored by Robohackerz team members and mentors.
The Robohackerz participate in the BDHS Homecoming parade every year. The robot, hands out candy to young observers that line the streets, in the hopes of persuading new, young students to learn about robotics.
Family Night Out for STEM
At Family Night Out for STEM, we were invited to demonstrate our robot in an event mainly for middle schoolers, where we showed the kids who were interested how our robot worked, and what it could do. We showed them that it was controlled by the same brain that controls the LEGO Mindstorms robots that they were familiar with, the basic controls, and even let them test drive the robot.
Prairie View Tech Night
Prairie View, a local elementary school, hosted a technology night to demonstrate technology in the school. We set up Sumo, where students can modify a ready-built robot and compete in a mini competition with other students. Everyone who participated had lots of fun, and we were the hit of the night.
As part of our fundraising efforts, we sold items at the Beaver Dam HS football games. These items were marked with our logo for maximum exposure for the team. We raised about $400 as a result of these activities.
Over the summer, we put together engineering workshops for anyone interested in engineering for students in 7-12 grades. We had three separate workshops with three different challenges. The first one was Catapult Catastrophe. The second was Rower Racers and the third was Reach for the Sky. At each workshop we divided into teams and built contraptions to solve problems and score points. We were trying to recreate the thrills of a FIRST season in just a day. Overall, they were a big success and provided problem solving experiences to all of the participants.
In October and November a few team members supervised The Prairie View FLL Team. A variety of fifth graders came and built three generic robots and learned how to program them. At the end, after they learned how each sensor operates, and how to program them, we designed a course for the preprogrammed robots to navigate. Everyone had fun, and they learned a lot.
Relay for Life
For the past two years we have participated in Relay For Life at the High School track to raise money for cancer patients and caner survivors. We saw this as a wonderful opportunity to help our community. The opportunity was not surpased to demonstrate the robot, as well as doing laps around the track with everyone else, both alone, and with the robot, to show our support for the cause. The robot turns many heads, and puts a smile on people's faces throughout the event.