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Within FIRST

First Lego League is a competition for middle school and elementary school kids that are interested in learning the values of FIRST and gain experience in building and programming robots. Students use the LEGO Mindstorms Brick to create a LEGO robot, and complete challenges on the play-field. During the 2011-2012 year, our team helped mentor two FLL teams in the Denver area. We have helped the students to develop their robots, which include everything from the actual building of the robot through the programming of the robot and the competition.

FLL Mentorships

  • Challenge Middle School
  • Denver School of the Arts
  • Hill Middle School

FLL Tournaments

  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Denver Metropolitan State University
  • Campus Middle School

FRC Teams
• Starting an FRC Team

At George Washington

We have always been dedicated to build and maintain a respectable image within our school community. We take every chance that our school offers to show off the work that students are accomplishing with the robot, off-season projects, projects that we work on to help train students to compete, and teach students fundamental skills for building a robot.

Club Associates

  • Club Congress: Club Congress is helping our club raise awareness about FIRST in our school.
  • Student Council: Student Council members offer school events to advertise about the club
  • Pep Club: Pep Club promotes school spirit for the club. Members of pep club will be attending the Colorado Regional to cheer us on.
  • National Honors Society: Robotics members attending events and competitions will count for NHS affiliated hours.

Pep Rallies

  • 2014 Winter Pep Rally: We display the robot and explain what FIRST is.

Events

  • 9th Grade Academy: At the 9th grade academy, we introduced  incoming students to Robotics and had the opportunity to display the robot and its Frisbee shooting capabilities.
  • Clubs Dodgeball Tournament: We made it to the semi-finals found.
  • Destination Imagination: Every year, we run concessions at the Destination Imagination competition held at GW.
  • Culture Fair: We have a booth at the Culture Fair at the beginning of the school year to introduce Freshman to FIRST and demo our robot.
  • Open House for Incoming Freshmen: At the end of the school year, we have a booth at the open house for incoming freshman to introduce them to FIRST and show off the robot.
  • FrightFest: This past year our team ran a game at the school’s FrightFest Halloween event.

Art Department Partnership

  • The art department has been gracious enough to allow us to use their room to house the growing team and use their equipment such  as the computers and supplies for posters. In return, we allow them to use tables in our room, the old woodshop. Both sides make sure to leave the spaces clean after they are finished.
  • We’ve recruited art students to work with the logo and painting it on the wall in our new storage room.

Volunteer Tutoring

  • Hamilton Middle School: Members helped establish program and tutor at a consistent basis.

Other Outreach

Annual Comcast Convention: We displayed 2013 robot, spread FIRST ideals to telecommunications industry, and recognized as Comcast was one of our sponsors last year. We spoke in front of Comcast, where there were about 40 companies there.

Bridge Builders Award 2013 (Mike Long, CEO: Arrow Electronics)We assisted with Arrow Electronics outreach division, filmed our 2013 robot for the Bridge Builders award, worked with Mike Long, and discussed how FIRST and Arrow electronics’ goals align in the upcoming years. We also earned our largest corporate sponsorship as an additional product of this event/filming, showing how impressed arrow was by our organization and our commitment to FIRST.

First Lego League (FLL)We assisted with the 2014 competition, at which we MC’ed, refereed, and judged matches. We also managed concessions, queued teams, and managed the course. The event was very successful, and our members enjoyed working with the younger FIRST participants.