An Update from Our 2017 Summer Events
The Qualcomm Demo
McKinna, Brayan, Miles, and Tanguy went to Qualcomm to get a group of 30 or so kids interested in first. After a brief presentation outlining the core principles of FIRST the students were slip up into groups to look at/ shoot the robot. From a show of hands at the end it seemed as though a couple of students were interested in FIRST and robotics in general.
We were personally asked by Marie Hopper, director of NC FIRST to do a robot demo at their IT Expo. Adults of all ages were mesmerized by our robot. Our mechanical wonder dazzled the audience. Everybody who attended thoroughly enjoyed this team building experience. We were proud to be able to represent FIRST as a whole so well. It was such a treat to meet FIRST alumni from Zebracorns, the Hitchhikers, and a few competition volunteers.
McDonald’s Car Wash
Each year the Techno Wolves participates in two McDonalds car washes to help raise money to support the team. By doing this we are able to introduce students to responsibility, courtesy, time management, and teamwork. The events are scheduled for four hours during the day with a wash team of roughly 10 students. Each student goes through training so that each car is handled with care and is inspected before letting customers drive away.
THOR at UNC Pembroke
Our team had a great time at the THOR competition at UNC Pembroke. We used the off-season competition as a chance to get our minds in gear for the upcoming season. We opened up the opportunity to drive the robot to everyone on our team, so that everyone could experience the competition from behind the wheel – or controller. We had some great matches and were not ailed with some of the issues our robot experience last year. Overall, the Techno Wolves had a blast and can’t wait for the next THOR competition!
The NC State University Packapalooza event held on August 17h of 2017 gave the Techno Wolves the ability to introduce our robot and team to the many students and families of North Carolina, as well as to possible sponsors and possible mentors. During this event about six members of the team were responsible for showing off the robot’s capabilities, teaching younger children to function the robot as well as reaching out to encourage the interaction with FIRST itself. Throughout the event our robot experienced technical difficulties, with this we were not only able to show our ability to solve situations on the spot, but to show that we have the capabilities and communication to fix an occurrence that could happen at any time.