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.
October 26, the Scalawags got to hand out candy to the youth of Lebanon. We promoted positive alternatives to running around getting into trouble, and brought STEAM to kids around the town. Interested older siblings of the younger trick-or-treaters got to drive our t-shirt cannon, Percival, and received information about how they can join the team. The Scalawags can’t wait to get back out there and share our love for learning with the community!
The Scalawags took the opportunity to raise funds on June ??. For 6 hours, while the race cars zoomed around the track, the robotics team sold raffle tickets. Half of the ticket sales were put into the prize winnings, and the other half went to the team’s budget. We hope to do another 50/50 at the Speedway next summer, encouraging our team members to earn money towards our registration fees.
On Saturday, June 22, the Scalawags held a free car wash at Rife’s Home Furniture, across from Safeway in Lebanon. We scrubbed bugs off of cars from 1 to 4 PM to help raise money towards our entry fees for competitions. As we are a charity, we did not charge for the car wash, but we did ask for monetary donations and cans and bottles. Not only did we scrub bugs, we washed wheels, cleaned under windshield wipers, and dried off each car that came through. Our next car wash will be July 13.