Saturday, November 9th, our rookie team members and new mentors went to the FIRST Chance event in Wilsonville. This is an event put on by DW Fritz Automation, a big supporter of FIRST. It has a similar concept to Girls Generation, although the idea of this competition is to let rookies get a taste of FIRST, and promote how fun the payoff of build season is. Our rookies had a blast, finishing 5th overall. We’re super proud of them!!!
We had a blast and a half Saturday, November 23rd, during Junior Robotics! The morning began with introductions, a safety talk, and a tour of our new shop. We talked about how solar energy works, and the pros and cons of how much it costs our environment to produce this clean energy provider. In the end, the kids decided if we could make everything solar powered, it would be totally worth it. Then, we built tiny solar powered cars, and held a race. It was a close one, but the sun came out just in time to indulge us! After the race, we demonstrated our t-shirt cannon, Percy, and shot off t-shirts for the kids.
With our new space crammed full but not yet organized, the Scalawags are proud to announce that our Junior Robotics program will resume business as usual. Our first meeting in our new space at the high school will be Saturday, November 23, from 9:30 to 11. 4th through 8th graders are invited to the small engines room in the 700s hall, which can be reached by driving around to the back of the school, where the staff parking lot is located. There will be lights on, a door propped open, and a pirate flag proudly waving. Returning students are encouraged to bring a friend! Don’t forget to come with close toed shoes, tied back hair, a good attitude, and no loose or flowing clothing!
Sunday, October 20, the Scalawags worked from 1 to 4 washing cars in the parking lot of Rife’s Home Furniture in the freezing cold rain. This is just one of the many ways the kids on the team help to raise their own money. Every year, we have to raise almost $20,000 to build and compete with our robot. Most of the budget comes from mentor-written grants, but the kids help by manning concessions and car washes, as well as collecting cans and bottles. You can donate your cans and bottles to the Albany BottleDrop account for the Scalawags, give them to the team at any public event, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will come pick them up.
It’s official! We have set up fencing to keep our tools safe, and our shelves and cabinets are moved into place. At our meeting Wednesday night, we wiped down the shelving and cabinets. Sunday afternoon at 1, we will be loading a trailer with our absolutely necessary tools and parts. The team will then sort and organize everything between the trailer and its new home, ensuring that we settle in properly. We cannot wait to have a place to work and resume Junior Robotics, and none of it would be possible without Mr. Tatum, our hard working mentors, and especially our NEMO, Kelly Cleveland.