Throughout the week we challenged the kids as they worked in groups to complete fun, STEAM-centered projects and activities. They enjoyed driving our 120lb competition robots and even the small spheros. Some of the kids were so interested in STEAM and robotics that they wanted to join our competitive high school team at 9 years old!
Rutherford County School Board
We were invited to present at the Rutherford County School Board to display how robotics teams are essential to education. This meeting helped gain great momentum and left a big impact on the community. On an awesome note, clapping wasn't encouraged but by the end of our presentation the entire audience was applauding.
We engaged in fun activities with Pre-K students to spark interest in STEAM. The kids were very enthusiastic to learn about a widely known character, R2-D2. It is crucial to expose children to subjects like STEAM at such an impactful time in their lives.
North Carolina State School Board
A few members of our team were invited to speak at the State School Board meeting about how STEM and FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) has benefited our lives. We got to talk with the lieutenant governor, and highlight how FRC is affecting and empowering women in STEM.
Cleveland Community College Fair
Cleveland and Rutherford Counties collaborated with local manufacturers to allow students to get hands on learning and experience. Students went to different booths to gather information on colleges and companies. Some booths allowed the students to take part in activities such as virtual welding.
Carolina Isobots 2019
The team volunteered as judges to host the 4th-8th grade Carolina Isobots FLL (First Lego League) robotics competition. We got to assist with any last minute issues the teams may have had, and got to display our robots in a fun and exciting way.
Freightliner gave us a tour of their industry plant to show us a multitude of different career options. Before we began the tour they explained the appropriate PPE (personal protective equipment). We then toured the factory where the mentors explained the inner workings of each production facility. One of the many highlights of the visit was the dedicated welding department that sparked interest in many of our students.
Bulldog Industry Visit
The Bulldog Industry gave us a tour of their industry plant to continue to grow career options. The tour guides explained the inner workings of the factory. They also explained some career options and the education requirements to get those jobs. They then showed industrial robots in action to showcase how robots are used in real-life applications.
Forest City Owls Game Demo
We were the pre-game entertainment where we showed our robot Tank to the crowd. Tank was able to drive around the field and shoot whiffle balls for Hoot, the team mascot, to catch. We also had a tent set up for people to visit and learn more about our team and how we communicate to our community.
Rutherford County Middle School Demo Days
We held a recruitment day at all three Rutherford County middle schools to showcase our robots and how students can become a part of our team.
We visited the following schools:
Chase Middle School
East Rutherford Middle School
R-S Middle School
Thank You Duke Energy!
Thank you to Duke Energy for your kind donation! Our team and FIRST truly appreciates your continued support!
Mt. Vernon Ruth
At Mt. Vernon Ruth STEM Day we encouraged K-5 students to look into various STEM fields, and displayed the advances in STEM through fun hands-on activities.
ICC Science Expo 2019
We presented to local business leaders, middle school, and high school students. We demonstrated our team, how our robots are innovatively designed and built, and how this knowledge will translate to our future careers.
Thank You Facebook!
Thank you Facebook for your generous support! We used this donation to compete in events and spread the word about STEM.
Starting this year, the veterans of our team went to each high school in our county to present our robotics team. We brought a slideshow, presentation board, and our robot Tank. When students came in, we gave them a quick hello with Tank, showing off the bots skills. Kids who were interested came up, asking us as many questions as they had. If they were interested in joining, we then handed them sign up sheet with their name and email.
Carolina Isobots Competition 2018
Hosted at R-S Central High School, our county had a FLL Competition. Many members of the team volunteered at the event, whether they were referees, field resetters, or hosts. As hosts, our members guided FLL teams in and out of judging rooms. They also set up boards for the kids that had projects as a presentation or video. This event allowed us to see how hard these FLL students work each year, especially with how they collaborate and create their own unique ideas.
We sparked the imagination of preschoolers at the Kinder Palooza. They were excited to see our robots in action, and ready to see how STEM could be used in the classroom.
Sunshine STEM day
At the Sunshine event, we spent an entire day helping administration with their STEM Day. We first demonstrated all of our robots, driving them around and then let the kids drive as well. The rest of the time we showed the kids cool, little robotic toys. Our team also demonstrated apps which could teach kids how to program anything from a rolling ball to a silly game.
Carolina Isobots Competition 2017
Hosted at Isothermal Community College, our county had an FLL Competition. Many members volunteered at the event, whether they were referees, field resetters, or hosts. As hosts, our members guided FLL teams in and out of judging rooms. They also set up boards in case the kids had their projects as a presentation or video. This event allowed us to see how hard these FLL students work each year, especially with how they collaborate and create their unique ideas.
The Kinder-Palooza event took place to welcome new kids and families into the RCS community, kicking off registration in an exciting way. They had many events where these kids and their families could interact with elements they would see in their elementary school. We sent two of our members to this event with our cutest and friendliest robot, Tank. These wonderful teammates would drive around the bot, also allowing kids to drive and see what they could look forward to in the future.
REaCH (Rutherford Early College High School) hosted a tour of the school for an executive group of board members. Our team was lucky enough to present two of our robots to these executives. The two robots which were demonstrated were Trigger and Tank. Our members told them a little about our team, gave out buttons, and even showed them how to drive the bots.
Isothermal Science Expo 2017
At the Isothermal Community College, the Omegabytes got to present four of their robots to the sixth graders from all of the schools in our county. We brought Trigger, Trouble, Tank, and Scooter to demonstrate and drive around. Members of our team drove their designated robots and then at the end of our presentation, let the kids drive them. They also presented the many parts we use every year.
Forrest Hunt Science Night 2017
We had the honor to present our team at the Forest Hunt Science Night. When we were there, we brought our robot Tank. The members that went set up our pit, showing off what it looks like at competition. We presented our presentation made by one of our amazing members to the children, then drove around Tank.
Sunshine STEM Day 2016
At Sunshine, we spent the entire day helping the administration at Sunshine with their STEM Day. First, we demonstrated off all of our robots, letting the kids drive them, showing the kids what we really do. After that, we helped with the rest of the STEM Day, showing the kids little and cool robotic toys. The members even demonstrated little apps that could teach them how to program.
Forrest Hunt Demo Night
One day, we had the honor to present our team at the Forrest Hunt Science Night. When we were there, we brought our robots Tremor and Tank. The members that went set up our pit, showing off what it looks like at competition. We presented FIRST's "This Isn't a Robot" video to the children, then drove around Tremor.
Carolina Isobots Competition 2016
At the FLL Competition hosted at Isothermal Community College, seven of our members volunteered at the FLL event. They helped, being referees, field resetters, and hosts. As hosts, we guided the FLL teams in and out of the judging rooms, while also setting up the boards in case the kids wanted to display their projects presentation or video. It was a great time for us to see what the FLL students really do and how hard they word to collaborate and create new and unique ideas.
FLL Kickoff 2016
Before FLL started its build season, our team went to the FLL Kickoff with all of the teams. They were introduced by the presenters and came inside, showing off the robots. The team members drove our robots around even more, while also talking about what they do on an everyday basis being in FRC. After that, we let the children drive the robots, who completely enjoyed it.
At the Isothermal Community College, the Omegabytes got to present three of their five robots to the sixth graders from all of the schools in our county. We brought Tremor, Trigger, and Tank to demonstrate and drive around. Three of the members in our team all drove their designated robots and then at the end of our presentation, let the kids drive them. Our formal team captain presented the many parts that we use every year, while a photo presentation of our team was running.