The Herd Impresses the Pro’s

During the month of March we had the fortune of visiting the FM Engineers Club during one of their monthly meetings.  Our President Grace Bailey, Marketing Captain Bailey Aanenson, Lead Programmer Andrew Vetter, and Safety Captain Cole Amundson were those that attended.  This meeting took place at the Kelly Inn in Fargo.  We went with the goal of thanking the club for their generous donation and explain what First Robotics is.  There was also other various NDSU groups presenting alongside us.

It started with us getting provided delicious food by the FM Engineers which was shortly followed by their typical agenda.  This schedule consisted of discussions on upcoming social gatherings and how to better spread engineering values to the community.  After this task was completed, the presentations came on.  We were last on the list and we listened to various college level clubs and groups present on their differing values and competitions.  Our group had a smashing presentation displaying the goals of First Robotics and how we performed in our regional competitions.  This led to a very nice appreciation visit for one of our great sponsors that we hope to continue being in contact with.

-Cole Amundson

Robot Rolls through Eastwood Elementary

March 31st Eastwood Elementary-We recently attended our first elementary school visit at Eastwood Elementary in West Fargo, ND. We showcased our robot and our team to over two hundred 4th and 5th graders. We had the goal of teaching the kids about the opportunities they have for science, technology, engineering and math classes in the future as well as the opportunities they have for robotics through FIRST Lego League.
Through both a presentation and an interactive segment, we displayed FIRST values. First, we gave a quick presentation and showed a rocking video that received oohs and ahhs from the kids. Next, we gave a robot demo of SOLID, while explaining a couple of concepts our robot and answering questions about our team and robot. We ended our day with a noodle throwing contest to get the kids excited about FIRST Robotics and the physical aspects of the game. Through this visit we hope inspire these children to become interested in not only FIRST Robotics but to inform them about the all the opportunities available to them in STEM fields.

– Grace Bailey