Traphagan School Robotics
The decision to help Traphagen Elementary start a robotics program came from a recent one-day STEM Expo, when more than 60 kids from grades 3 through 6 came to the school on a Saturday afternoon to participate. The administration was overjoyed at the turnout and have pledged to raise funding for 1 EV3 kit from their PTA organization.
 

 
Actuonix $500 Grant Awarded to Robracracy

September 29th, 2018
 
By receiving the Actuonix Motion Devices FIRST Robotics sponsorship program, our team will help the current 4th grade teacher at Traphagen Elementary School in Mt. Vernon, New York start an FLL robotics team. The newly created team will run on Tuesdays from 3:45pm to 5:45pm and will involve a core team of our members to volunteer to set up and mentor these eager 4th graders. The funding from Actuonix Motion Devices will be used to register the team and help purchase 1 EV3 kit.

Acutonix 

Off the Streets and Amazing Afternoons, Mt Vernon Elementary Afterschool Enrichment
Each fall and spring during the school year, every Wednesday and Friday, our team brings LEGO Mindstorm robotics to Mt Vernon elementary schools. We create and teach a customized curriculum for building and programing robots to about 2 dozen kids in each program.  In addition to the LEGO Mindstorm robots, we were able to procure additional laptops for the program through a generous donation from IBM last year. Our team learns a lot from this experience.

The 3rd Annual Robocracy Robotics Summer Workshop
August 27th – August 31, 2018

We came together for another summer to organize and fully participate in our third annual, week-long summer robotics workshop to introduce students in grades 2nd through 12th to STEM and robotics. For grades 2 through 7, we offered a week of robotics fun based on the LEGO Mindstorms. We used a game-based approach to teach solid robotics foundations, engage kids to build robots for many fun missions, and taught visual-programming skills to control the robots. For grades 7 through 12, we offered a new course titled Mastering Advanced Robotics & Intro to FTC. Participants in this program built larger robots using aluminum structural parts, powerful motors, servos and their own creativity.  Using a kit, students built an 18” by 18” robot of their own design to perform a competitive game played by 2 or more robots. All of the robots’ actions were programmed by the students using Java on Android Studio.

Mercy College Saturday STEM Academy
April 21 - May 12, 2018
Previously taught only by professors and adult educators, our team was invited by Mercy College to teach a class at their Saturday STEM Academy. Being passionate about robots, and having the experience of building and programming, our team felt ready to handle this new endeavor.  Using our knowledge of previous workshops, we designed a curriculum that incorporated both fun and learning. Our class included students who were new to robots and some with advanced knowledge. Those who were new were first taught to program robots to follow a line while more advanced students attached appendages to robots that would execute more difficult tasks.  Over the 4 weeks that the class was held, students became more confident in their abilities and their knowledge of robotics and STEM.

FLL Tournament on News12
January 31st, 2018
 
Check out team the competition here: link.
 

2nd Annual Chappaqua FLL Tournament 
January 20th, 2018

Total Volunteers Hours: 120

Participants: Everyone

We organized our second annual FLL completion at Bell Middle school. The FLL and Junior FLL teams were amazing, so much team spirit, so many exciting projects, and the FLL robots have gotten so much better. Congrats, we were very impressed. 

Robocracy kids took charge of the tournament like never before: they opened the ceremony with addresses from Christine Ackerman, our district superintendent, and Lisa Katz, our town's Deputy Supervisor, they refereed all the games, MCed the whole day, took pictures, and demoed our FTC robot. 

Pictures of the event here.

 
Developing FIRST Programs at the Boardroom of the Board of Education of the Port Chester School District, NY.
December 14th, 2017
Total Volunteer Hours: 10
Participants: Alonso, Arjun, Nikita, Zachary
We displayed our work at STEM and FIRST to the children at various schools in Port Chester. We talked with the district-wide math and science curriculum supervisors for grades of all kind.

Participating in the "Giving Back to the Planet" by doing our part to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
November 15th, 2017 - January 18th, 2018
Participants: Nikita and Vikesh
We were able to offer this service that takes used and worn out computers, wipes out the data hard drive for security purposes, and refurbishes them in order to create brand new and functional computers. These computers are given to children of all ages in underserved areas, in order to allow them to engage in robotics and programming in after school enrichment activities. If we are unable to restore a computer, we will attempt to retrieve the batteries and create battery packs for different energy sources. Our goal is to refurbish at least 25 computers in 2018.
 
2017 Yorktown Grange Fair                                                                                                                                               

September 10th, 2017 10:00am - 5:00pm
Total Volunteer Hours: 14
Participants: Alonso, Zachary, and alumnus Pranav    
November 4th, 2016 - February 15th, 2016
Participants: Nicky, Zachary, Vikesh, Nikita, Alonso, Luke, and alumnus Pranav

The Yorktown Grange Fair is Westchester County's true country fair. We demonstrated our winning robot and had a sumobot station there as well. It is great fun to see the boys and girls get excited about shooting particles with our competition robot and about building their own sumobots to compete on the sumobot field. Several attendees were inspired to form their own FLL team this fall.
 

2017 4-H Summer Showcase at Muscoot Farm                                                                                                                            
August 26th, 2017 9:30am - 4:00pm  
Total Volunteer Hours: 28
Participants: Luke, Mike, Nicky, Nikita, Vikesh, and Zachary        
 
We were part of the 4-H Summer Showcase at Muscoot Farm. We had an exhibition of our winning robot and a sumobot station. Boys and girls of all ages enjoyed driving our Robocracy robot and trying to shoot particles into the vortex. They had a blast building their own sumobots using LEGO Mindstorms kits and taking turns competing on the sumobot competition field. Two attendees were inspired to come to our summer camp the following week. 

    
 

Our 2nd Annual Robocracy Robotics Summer Workshop                                                                                              

Volunteer Total Volunteer Hours: 120

August 28th, 2017 - September 1st, 2017 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Participants: Nicky, Zachary, Vikesh, Nikita, Alonso, Luke, Mike, Aman, and Kaitlyn
 

 

This summer, we ran our second annual week-long summer robotics workshop to introduce young kids to STEM and robotics and share our passion. Each day we had a different challenge, racing bots, line-following bots, string bots, and of course the favorite sumobot! The kids said they couldn't wait to come back each day. Most of the kids who participated went on to join or form their own teams. We also recruited a new team member for our own team.

 
SumoBot Aftershool Workshop at Seven Bridges Middle School, Chappaqua, NY                                                                  
May 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm   
Total Volunteer Hours: 3
Participants: Nicky and Zachary
 
We introduced the LEGO Mindstorm robot to 14 middle schoolers. They were so excited to build their own robots and compete with them. They were very creative with the attachments they built. Several were interested in getting more involved in the FIRST Lego League. We helped them get connected with local teams in the area. 
 
SumoBot Afterschool Workshop for 5th graders at Edison Elementary School, Port Chester                                          
April 21st, 2017 4:00 - 6:00pm
Total Volunteer Hours: 6
Participants: Alonso, Luke, and Zachary
 
We wanted to help the students to have a better understanding of robotics and inspire them to become more active with robotics. We helped them to build their own robot and then play with in a sumobot competition. They also enjoyed meeting our competition robot which we demonstrated for them.
 
Connecting with the Experts, IBM's T J Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY                                                  
April 19th, 2017 4:30 - 6:00pm 
Total Volunteer Hours: 15
Participants: Zachary, Vikesh, Nikita, Luke and alumnus Pranav
 
We brought our robot to the software and hardware engineers and subject matter experts at IBM's research center. We received feedback and insights on how to improve our robot, our programming, and even our presentation. One idea was to document every decision in a design tree to help us get an idea of the motives behind every decision about our robot. We also enjoyed explaining to the scientists there about FIRST and how it inspires kids like us to enter their field of expertise. IBM is also our biggest sponsor. It was nice to show them our work and thank IBM for their generous support of our team.
 
Spreading FIRST Awareness, John C. Hart Memorial Library, Yorktown, NY                                                                           
April 11st, 2017 6:00 - 8:00pm
Total Volunteer Hours: 10
Participants: Vikesh, Nikita, Alonso, and Mike
We did an exhibition with our competition robot at the community library, attended by kids and adults. The kids had a blast driving our big robot around and shooting particles into the vortex. Adults were also interest in the design and programming. We hope this program inspired kids to become involved in robotics and STEM, and look forward to doing more activities like this. 
 
Participant at the Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo at White Plains HS and MS                                                        
April 2nd, 2017
Total Volunteer Hours: 23
Participants: Zachary, Nicky, Alonso, and alumni Pranav and Saketh
 
The Expo was very well attended! We had a lot of visitors at our two areas asking about our robot and the FIRST program. We were able to engage many kids, answering questions, allowing them to build their own sumo-bot and letting them drive the robot. We also scrimmaged with the Jellyfish and the Techno Chicks who were also participating. There was a lot of interest in getting involved with the FIRST program at all levels, joining a team or starting new teams. We were also able to generate interest in our summer robotics workshop.
 
1st Annual FIRST Lego League and Jr. FLL Tournament, Bell Middle School, Chappaqua
January 21st, 2017
Participants: Zachary, Nicky, Vikesh, Nikita, Alonso, Luke, Mike, and alumnus Pranav

Fifteen teams in the town of Chappaqua alone were inspired by the outreach and achievements of our FTC Robocracy team and the FLL Robobenders team that preceded it. Our team decided to organize Chappaqua's very own FIRST Lego League and Jr. FLL Tournament to support the growth of FIRST and STEM activities and foster a friendly culture of creative robotics in the community. One of our goals is for this event to be a FIRST and STEM Festival. We included an exhibition of our winning FTC competition robot for the kids to explore and drive around. Our team prepared for months, even making our own competition tables from scratch. It was a real treat to run and ref the tournament ourselves. We have a new respect for and insight into the role of the refs and judges at our own tournaments. 

 
Volunteer Support for Hour of Code, Seven Bridges Middle School
December 2nd, 2016
 

"Off The Street" and "Amazing Afternoons" after school enrichment programs in elementary schools in Mt Vernon

November 4th, 2016 - February 17th, 2017

Total Volunteer Hours: 80 

Participants: Nicky, Zachary, Vikesh, Nikita, Alonso, Luke, and alumnus Pranav

Through 4-H outreach activities, we have become aware of a wide disparity in offerings of STEM programs even in our own county. Each spring during the school year, every Wednesday and Friday, our team brings LEGO Mindstorm robotics to Mt Vernon elementary schools. We create and teach a customized curriculum for building and programing robots to about 2 dozen kids in each program. The enthusiasm of the participants is very contagious. Last year we were able to procure additional laptops for the program through a generous donation from IBM. Our team learns a lot from this experience.

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Exhibition at the Hudson Valley FLL Championship Tournament at Poughkeepsie Day School
February 27th, 2016
Participants: Nicky, Zachary, and alumni Pranav and Navin
 
Hour of Code, Bell Middle School 
December 4th, 2015