2nd Annual Jug Wars Competition 11
We had our 2nd annual jug wars this year with the 5th and 6th graders at Churchville– Chili Middle School. They were as enthusiastic as they were last year! All of the 5th and 6th grade teams pulled together to raise $1,317.68 to be donated to a local charity. We were even more excited this year because the middle school principal wanted us to make it an annual fundraiser for the students. The winning class receives a pizza party and a robot demonstration with opportunities to drive the robot.
FIRST at the Rochester Amerks Hockey Game 2011
This year we focused on presenting FIRST as a sport. We presented demonstrations for local sports teams such as the Rochester Americans Hockey Team. It was really fun having the mascots and fans drive our robots before the Amerks game. We were also invited back to do demo’s for additional games.
FIRST at the Rochester Knighthawk’s Season Home Opener 2011
This year we attended the Rochester Knighthawk’s Season Home Opener with our FRC and FLL gear. The fans had a great time driving our lacrosse ball throwing robot that we made just for this demonstration! They have also invited us back to do other demonstrations at their other events.
FIRST Team 340′s Annual Robotics Summer Camp 2011
This is our fourth annual summer camp and will include multiple activities involving the FIRST Lego League robots, science experiments, and tons of fun.
G.R.R. Meets FIRST Team 1111
While at our second regional competition in Baltimore, Maryland, FIRST Team 1111 approached us and asked for advice about their Chairman’s Presentation and outreach. We spent three hours talking with them and even were able to show them our presentation. We have also helped brainstorm new ideas for outreach in their area. This friendship has lasted past the competition and we are still in contact, helping them prepare for next year.
Girl Scout Thinking Day 2011
The Girl Scouts of Black Creek Service Unit invited us to their Passport to the World Thinking Day Fair. At the fair each troop represented a country and had fun activities in which the girls learned about scouting in that country. Our team had two areas representing Girls Scouts in FRC and FLL. The Hippie Pandas Girl Scout FLL team demo’d their robot and we demo’d our soccer bot. Along with taking a turn driving the robot the Girl Scouts also made and decorated a Girl Scout sash in which all 240 girls signed. The evening was rounded off with a fashion show of GS uniforms from around the world and our robot was the center piece wearing its new Girl Scout sash.
Giving Team 3181 A Home Away From Home 11
During the 2011 build season we provided Team 3181 with a place to build and test their robot during their build season when their shop was unavailable. We had a great time staying up until 3 AM to work on our robots together and created a bond that led us to giving them the “Best FIRST Friends Forever” peer award and they awarded us with the “Helping Hand” peer award.
Got Steve? 2011
While we were at the Chesapeake Regional we extended our support to many other teams by helping them improve their robot, minibot or by allowing them to utilize our minibot “Steve”. Our mechanical team designated certain members to helping other teams as well. Little did we know that one of the teams (FIRST Team 768 the Technowarriors) carrying a “Steve” would not only be on the winning alliance at the Chesapeake Regional, but at the Washington D.C. Regional as well. Is was great to be able to work with other teams that we are typically not near and to be able to contribute to their success.
GRR Goes to Washington DC 2011
While we were attending our second regional in Baltimore, Maryland we also made a stop at the Capitol building where we met with Senator Gillibrand’s office to tell them about FIRST. We showed them our Chairman’s Award presentation and they enjoyed hearing about how FIRST has effected our lives.
Helping Other FIRST Teams Through Build Season 2011
We support other FIRST teams as often as we can. During the month of January we helped FIRST Team 3015 with their brainstorming by lending them our tube grabber from our Rack and Roll robot. We also gave them pneumatics in order to aid them in their robot design. One of FIRST Team 3181′s mentors visited on Saturday to observe our build season meetings and to obtain parts to help them build a successful robot.
Kick-Off Tailgating 2011
2011 marked the second time for our annual tailgating event before the Kick-off for the FRC build season. Luckily, the temperature was in the double digits, so we were not braving the elements as much as we had last year. Other FRC teams also joined in the fun as we played frisbee, climbed snow mountains, drank hot chocolate and coffee as well as enjoying breakfast pizzas, eggs, sausage, pancakes, and doughnuts.
Volunteering at the Red Cross 2011
In order to further our outreach into the community we chose to help at the Red Cross. We created over 2,000 pins of recognition for donors who have donated at least six teams in the year 2010.
WCEO Radio Interview: FIRST Team 340 Partnership with Girl Scouts of Western New York 2011
Girls and Science/Math: Girl Scouting Helps Them Appreciate Them as a Career – Cheryl Lawniczak, Kodak Engineer, learned a love of science/math in Girl Scouting, now leads the GSWNY Robotic Lego Team
the CEO Hour, January 21st 2011. Hear more about the support the organization provides to help girls live up to this mission. Girl Scouts of Western New York currently serves approximately 9,000 adult volunteers and 20,000 girls. Adult volunteers conduct a variety of age-appropriate programs and opportunities for girls at the troop and service unit level. Girls also participate in council-wide projects. Girl Scouts of Western New York is one of over 300 councils organized and chartered in the United States to administer and develop Girl Scouting within its geographic jurisdiction.
Make A Difference DayFor the first time ever FIRST Teams 340 and 1511 teamed up to create “FIRST Mega Drive.” This event teamed up with the Red Cross with donating blood, the Reach Out and Read with donating books, Maven Technologies with donating electronics and Foodlink to give food to the hungry. This event was held in the Greece Ridge Mall and was very successful and made everyone feel good about themselves. It was GRReat to know that we made a difference in our community.