Our Community Outreach:
The Green Girls program started as an all girls FLL team in the fall of 2010 to promote STEM to girls in elementary school. Mid-season the girls presented their robot and research project to a group of technical women and Rick King, the COO of Thomson Reuters. He was so impressed with the girls he has continued to support them financially since then. The team competed in FLL for 3 years earning multiple awards at the regional and state tournaments.
In 2013 the Green Girls FLL team graduated to FTC. We are were the only all girls FTC team out of 10 teams. We then added two new members on our team.
Eagan Robotics and specifically the Green Girls team are much more than a robotics team.. The team, its program and its partners (High Tech Kids, Pacer, Pearson, Thomson Reuters, Stellar, Google, etc.) have worked tirelessly to promote STEM and FIRST, teach students new skills, encourage girls and create a thriving organization.
Besides doing well promoting robotics we have done very well competing in Minnesota, regional, super regional, and world robotics tournaments.
This season, we are focusing on spreading our knowledge, and sharing it with others. We are also expanding on programs that we have had in past seasons.
May Foster STEM Club- We had our monthly STEM Club with the Dakota County Foster group. At this session we taught the kids about the importance and real life application of website design. Attendees got to make their own websites on Weebly, and they learned about how professionals make websites for companies, and the important things to include in a website.
Thunder Pengwins Meeting- Our team met with the FTC team The Thunder Pengwins after we attended the World Championship in St. Louis. They had just finished their rookie year, and wanted to ask us about our experience at Worlds, and our journey as a team. They asked us specifically about our community outreach and for any tips and tricks we have for succeeding in FTC.
CoCreateX Meeting- We went to the CoCreateX house in St. Paul, MN, where we presented to those there about our team. There were a variety of people there from employees of big companies such as Stratasys, to local entrepreneurs. Our presentation was also live streamed to other members of CoCreateX who were not able to be there in person.
May Pacer STEM Club- We had our monthly STEM Club meeting at the Pacer Center for Children with Disabilities. At the session, we made dough creatures out of conductive dough, this taught them about electricity and how circuits work. The girls also learned about the difference between an insulator, and a conductor.
Maker Faire- We demoed our robot at the MN Mini Maker Faire as a part of the STEM exhibit. While demoing our robot, we were able to teach kids about how many of its mechanisms work. Alongside that we got to expose kids and their parents to STEM education and robotics in an effort to expand it in MN throughout all 4 FIRST programs. The kids got to drive our robot and had a lot of fun launching balls and capping.
July Pacer STEM Club- We had our monthly STEM Club meeting at the Pacer Center for Children with Disabilities. At the session, we taught the girls how the brain works, as well as some of the STEM that goes into detective work. The attendees learned how to communicate in morse code, and they also learned how to fingerprint someone.
A Slice of Shoreview- Our team was invited by the FTC team Titanium Allies to demo at A Slice of Shoreview, an annual festival that they have for the city of Shoreview. Here we demoed our robot from last season and taught those who stopped by our booth about FTC and STEM. There were also other teams there such as Mechadojo and Visible Spectrums demoing their robots.
July Foster STEM Club- We had our monthly STEM Club meeting with the Dakota County Foster Group. We taught the Dakota County Foster Kids about some of the science that goes into detective work, along with the human brain. The kids got the chance to make brain hats, while learning about the parts of the brain, and what they each are responsible for. They also got to learn about morse code, and how people use it to communicate. Lastly, the attendees learned about fingerprinting, and how each person’s fingerprints are different.
EXITE Camp- Our team co-hosted EXITE Camp for the 4th year in a row at the Pacer Center for Children with Disabilities. At EXITE Camp we taught the girls about robotics in the real world, and how they can apply what they learn to real life. They also learned how to use a work break down structure, along with our engineering lifecycle. The kids programmed FLL robots to act as bowling balls and knock down pins made of PVC pipe.
Meet with rookie FTC team- Our team met with a rookie FTC team, Confidential. They came over to the house where we practice, where we told them about our team. We told them our experience throughout FTC, and gave them some tips and tricks we had learned along the way. They were also able to ask our team various questions about different aspects of FTC such as judging and what a regular competition day is like. They found the meeting very beneficial for their team, as we were able to tell them a lot about what we have experienced in FTC.
October Foster STEM Club- We had our Dakota County Foster STEM Club group meeting, where we taught the kids about science in the ocean. The kids got the opportunity to make their own oceans with water, food coloring, and oil to see how the ocean has different levels where sunlight can reach. They also learned about oil spills, and how clean up works for oil spills. Lastly, they learned about the different types of water, and how they have different densities.
Design Panel Expo- Our team hosted an event at Thomson Reuters in Eagan, MN, where we invited teams in the area to come and get any help they needed regarding their team. We had a panel of STEM professionals as well as experienced FTC judges and coaches there to give feedback to teams on various aspects of their team. Some attendees asked for help with their outreach, while others asked for help with their programming and robot design. There was also a specific panel where all of the STEM professionals were together to answer some group questions. This event was very helpful to all who attended, because they all got great feedback on how they could improve their teams.
Fox 9 Girls in Science- We went to the Fox 9 Girls in Science and Technology event to talk to girls and parents about technology, FIRST, FTC, FRC, and the Green Girls. We got to talk to around one hundred people and exponentially increased their interest in robotics. The girls got to drive the robot, and had a lot of fun!
November Pacer STEM Club- We used the BirdBrain Technologie’s curriculum, robots and programming to teach the girls at PACER block java coding. The girls were exposed to programming and had a lot of fun during the class. They learned simple code, which many of them were very engaged in.
Volunteer at Lakeville South Tournament- We volunteered at the Lakeville South FTC Tournament. Claire was a scorekeeping assistant and Grace helped reset fields. We were able to give back to the FIRST program and help all the teams competing that day. We also had the opportunity to see what other teams were doing, and connect with other teams.
Cookies, College and Careers- FRC Team 2220 and WIRES hosted an event to connect girls with women STEM professionals. They had a panel of seven women who had different engineering and computer based careers. We were able to ask the panelists questions about their jobs. The session was very empowering! We got tips on how to fend for ourselves in class and in the workplace when facing discrimination. We also were able to network, and look forward to continuing these connections.
North Dakota Kickoff- Our team connected with the North Dakota FTC program to present at their kickoff event. We recorded our presentation about Community Outreach and Fundraising to present to the teams attending. Our team thought this would be a great opportunity to show teams who don’t necessarily get a lot of exposure to outreach and fundraising to potential opportunities.
Dakota County Foster Group Holiday Party- Our team exposed around 30 kids ranging from 2 to 17 years old to robotics. We allowed them to drive our competition robot around the room and stack glyphs. They asked us questions about our robot and we were able to give parents information about FIRST and FTC. It was also an opportunity to promote and advertise our other foster events that the kids can attend. We got the opportunity to talk to the kids and connect with them.
December Pacer STEM Club- We taught the girls from the Pacer Center about different aspects of space, specifically our solar system. The girls learned about the size of each of the planets in our solar system compared to fruit and relative to each other. Each girl got to make they own hat with the solar system on it, in order of their distance from the Sun, which all of the planets orbit around. They also got to make some cool Anti-Gravity Galaxies in a bottle with water, glue and confetti that made it appear like the confetti was floating, which were fun souvenirs that they got to take home. After learning about constellations, they were able to make their own constellations using black tag board cards where they punched holes in the shape of a constellation and we used their phone flashlights to project the constellation onto the wall.
CoCreateX Design Panel- We held our December design panel at the CoCreateX house in St. Paul, MN. We invited a few of our regular STEM professionals to attend and had help from some others at the CoCreateX open house as well. We were able to teach STEM professionals about FIRST and get a lot of help with our robot. We were able to prototype a telescoping lift. We hope to use this for our relic attachment. We also prototyped a lazy susan base which would increase the motion of our robot and help us collect glyphs faster. We were able to learn a lot from the STEM professionals and were able to share FIRST with other professionals.
Coderdojo at Pacer- Our team was invited to partner with Thomson Reuters to host a Coder Dojo session at the Pacer Center for Children with Disabilities in Bloomington, Minnesota. At this session, we helped the Thomson Reuters volunteers show the attendees the Light Blue Beans, small circuit boards that the attendees can program to do certain things. The kids were able to alter code that was pre-programmed so that they could control what their beans did. They were able to see the code that told the beans what to do, and understand how to change it in order to change what they wanted their bean to do.
ECOSOC Youth Forum- We participated at the United Nations ECOSOC Youth Forum, we presented in front of 1000+ participants from over 129 member states of the united nations, we advocated for STEM along with our team and FIRST. We sent 6 delegates from our team along with 2 delegates from FRC team 2220 Blue Twilight. At this event we connected with world leaders and youth organizations, we shared our STEM club material with them and are working to spread our curriculum worldwide. We also talked about how to involve more women in stem and how to close the gender gap in the industry. We also were involved with a discussion on spreading stem to kids in difficult situations, in this discussion we shared about the groups we are working with (PACER Center for girls with disabilities and Foster kids and the impact we have been able to see come out of their work we have done with them. Along with sharing our curriculum with all who were at this event we also were featured on the United Nations tv station, youtube, website, Facebook and on their twitter live sharing this information with countless more viewers watching from all over the world.
South of the River Resource Fair- Our team held a STEM club like event in the kids center during the South of the River Resource Fair. We taught the kids about the brain, boats and buoyancy, and our robot. We were able to help watch the kids while their parents went to the various booths. Instead of just childcare, we were able to provide an interactive and STEM based environment for the children. We were also able to make connections with some of the staff. We provided our curriculum to the head of Social Services. We were also able to connect with a representative of the Somali community and we plan on continuing this relationship in the future and do STEM Clubs with Social Services, as well as the Somali community.
Skype with the Green Machine- Our team connected with The Green Machine, and all-girls FLL team from New Jersey who are advancing to the World Championships this season. We talked with them over Skype about our past experiences at the World Championships, and answered any questions about what the competition is like that they had. We also gave them advice about becoming an FTC team, what their first season will be like, and how FLL is different from FTC. The girls asked us about fundraising tips, and what we do for outreach as well. We were able to share a lot of knowledge with their team, and pass along some of our fundraising information.
Target Demo- Our team was able to expose countless Target employees in the Twin Cities to FIRST, specifically FTC. We talked about our experience in robotics to the employees, and we also taught them about the FIRST program and its influence around the country. It was a great opportunity to network with people in the professional world. There were other FTC teams there as well that we got to interact and build relationships with such as the Thunder Pengwins and Ponytail Posse.
March Design Panel Expo- Along with FTC Team 11872 Visible Spectrum, we hosted a Design Panel Expo where we connected Minnesota FTC Teams with STEM Professionals from our local STEM community. Titanium Allies, Parallax Shift, Iron Maidens and Cat in the Hat Comes Back attended as well. We were able to help teams advancing to the North Super Regional prepare for the competition, and those who didn't advance were able to learn a lot too. Because we won the Think Award at Minnesota State, Parallax Shift asked us for advice on their notebook. We gave them feedback to help them improve for next season.
March Pacer STEM Club- We taught the girls about Earth Science topics such as habitats and ecosystems. We taught them about the differences between ecosystems and habitats, what habitats exist and their characteristics, as well as what animals live in the different habitats. The girls used an app called Google Expeditions in order to experience what the habitats are like by visiting places such as the Florida Everglades, the Arctic tundra, and the Great Barrier Reef.
This season we are centering our outreach around 2 concepts called Green Girls Give and Grow. This is how we give to others, and grow knowledge for ourselves. We are still focusing on Giversity as well as making sure we connect with engineering professionals.
Lakeville STEM Night- We had the chance to go to Lakeville South High School and run our competition robot and expose kids to a robotics program that they can participate in themselves. We showed them something that they might not have even known about or been exposed to before. A lot of the kids we interacted with were really excited when they saw the robots and loved getting the opportunity to drive it themselves.
CoCreateX Pi day event- We got a chance to network and see a cool trapeze show while attending the CoCreateX Pi Day Event. This event started our connection with CoCreateX. We started talking with some professionals at this event about the possibility of an event where we can expose more people to STEM and help improve their leadership skills. We were able to talk to many different professionals and discuss various ways we can work with them in the future.
Volunteering at North Super Regionals- We volunteered for 3 long days at the North Super Regionals Championship. We worked at querers, pit runners, and field resets. It was an amazing opportunity to be able to see the fantastic robots that everyone at the competition had. We also got to work on a volunteer video we are working on to increase the number of volunteers, specifically in Minnesota. few of us walked around the competition when we had spare time and interviewed teams and volunteers about what it is like volunteering and how much teams appreciate volunteers.
RoboFest at the Eden Prairie Mall- We showed our robot and talked to people at the mall during robo fest. They got to drive our new demo bots, see lance, and talk to us about robotics. There were many different kids and families that came to the event and were very interested by what they saw and asked how they could start their own teams!
DigiGirlz- We attended and presented at the Digigirlz Microsoft event in Edina. We were able to connect with many different professionals and learn from their experiences. We also got to grow our skills during the day such as our networking skills. It was an amazing experience and we plan on using the relationships we made with the various professional women in the future.
Volunteer at the world championships- We volunteered and got the chance to talk to teams at the world championships. We learned a lot about the Engineering Notebook specifically from the winner of the Think award at Worlds. It was fantastic to be able to talk to all of the outstanding teams that were at the competition and to learn from them. We also attended a panel hosted by FIRST Ladies and got to hear from women who have been working in STEM fields.
Inver Hills Expanding Your Horizons- We showed our robot at the Expanding your Horizons event and taught young girls about robotics. The girls at the event had really good questions for us and seemed to be very interested in the robots and FTC. They were very excited to be able to drive the robots themselves and wanted to know more about what exactly we do.
May PACER STEM Club- We taught the girls at PACER about programming and did hour of code. For some of the girls, it was their first time being exposed to programming and they seemed to be very interested by it. Most of the girls were especially interested to see how programming was applied in the real world as they didn't know before.
CoCreateX Open house- We hosted a open house at the CoCreateX House to teach people about the CoCreateX EL Boot camp. We had the opportunity tonight to get to talk to potential campers and tell them about what exactly the camp would entail. We also got to talk to Mac and Nick more about the camp. We invited Senator Carlson to the event and were able to show him what we were going to do with the camp. Senator Carlson seemed to be very interested by the camp and he told us more about his time at 3M.
Maker Faire- We volunteered for Stratasys at the Mini Maker Faire in the campgrounds. While there, we got to talk to many of the attendees about what we and what Stratasys do as well as showing them demos of Creo and what they can make using 3D printing. We got to interact with a lot of little kids and expose them to CAD and 3D printing.
FRC Regional- We talked to teams and watched matches at the FRC 10,000 lakes regional tournament. We also got to cheer on one of our team members who is on team 2511 the Cougars. It was a very interesting experience getting to see another aspect of FIRST and getting to see the designs of the bigger robots.
FRC State- We ran our demo bots at the FRC State Championship at Mariucci Arena at the U of M. We got to talk to lots of people about robotics. We got to interact with many different kids and the were very excited to see the robots and run them. They had some really good questions for us about robotics and how they could start their own team. We also got to support the Eagan Robotics FRC team Blue Twilight #2220 who were competing in the competition.
June PACER STEM Club- We taught the girls how to make websites using Weebly and follow customer requirements. For most of the girls, this was their first time getting to learn about web design and getting to make their own websites. They seemed to have a lot of fun using their creativity to make websites either for themselves, or based off a set of requirements that we gave them.
Stratasys Tour- We were invited to go to the Stratasys facility in Eden Prarie by Mac Cameron, an applications engineer at who works for Stratasys. Our team had the opportunity to have a tour of the facility and see the technologies that they use to make their products. Mac told us more about advnces in 3D printing and the different materials they have the ability to use now.
Engineering and Leadership Boot camp- We partnered with Nick Powley, Mac Cameron, and others from CoCreateX that we met at a Pi day event that they hosted to make a camp where young innovators can learn important engineering and leadership skills. It was a weekend long camp that we also participated in, learning plenty about engineering, programming, and leadership ourselves!
FIRST Ladies Conference- We attended the event hosted by FIRST Ladies at the University of Minnesota where we could connect with and learn from FIRST Ladies and FIRST Ladies Alumni. There were multiple sessions aimed at specific topics so attendees could ask questions about those topics and learn from the speakers' experiences. At the end there was one big panel where you could ask the women anything.
Fourth of July parade- We marched with the Eagan robotics program in the local Fourth of July parade. Our team handed out candy and showed robots to hundreds of young children who were so excited to see the robots. We had the wonderful opportunity to expose some children who might have never known that robotics was a possibility to them to a local robotics program that they could get involved in.
Foster STEM Club- We had the opportunity to work with some local foster children and expose them to robotics ad STEM through one of our STEM Club activities, Boats and Buoyancy. The kids had a fantastic time and seemed very excited to return and learn more about STEM at the next session we plan to do.
Acampar de STEM- Our team set up a week long event where in the evenings we met with Spanish speaking young women and presented STEM Club activities to the in Spanish. They helped us to work on our Spanish and we helped them to work on their English as some of them did not speak fluent English. It was amazing to work with them and have the chance to expose more young women to STEM when they might not have ever been exposed before.
Dakota County Foster Picnic- We attended the 2016 Dakota County Foster Picnic and ran the demo bots for the kids to see. The kids were so excited to see the robots run and to have the ability to drive the robots themselves. It was also amazing to see some returning kids who were at the even where we did the boats and buoyancy activity and to be able to continue that relationship. A lot of the kids that we interacted with were very excited about robotics and wanted to learn more.
EXITE Camp- Our team partnered with IBM and the Pacer Center for Children with disabilities for the third year in a row to participate in the EXITE camp. It is an all day camp where we work with the girls to develop their teamwork and STEM skills. We worked with small groups throughout the day during the different activities we did. One of the activities we did was a teamwork activity where the girls had to work together in their groups to make the tallest tower that they could using only paper and tape. We also did an activity with them that involved them programming FLL robots using Lego Mindstorms to make their robots act as a bowling ball and knock down the "pins". It was a very interesting day and it was awesome to be able to interact with the girls.
Meet with Patrick McKinney- We invited Patrick McKinney from Recon Robotics to come to one of our practices and talk to us about what exactly he does and Recon and give us some tips and tricks on design. He came over and first showed us one of the robots that Recon has worked on called Scout, a military robot that was small enough to be shot out of a grenade launcher and equipped with a camera. He answered our questions about it and we got the chance to run the robot ourselves. He also presented to us about project briefs and how we can apply them to our team. Patrick then answered any questions we had for him specifically about design and what process he and Recon uses when building something.
Learn to solder- We invited one of the coaches, Bob Clark, from FTC team #7665 The Q is Silqent to come to one of our practices and teach us how to solder. He set up all of the tools needed for soldering and explained how they worked. We all also got the chance to solder ourselves. It was a very helpful and informative experience that we hope to implement in the future.
FBI Tour- We got the opportunity to go to a local FBI Center and tour it with the rest of the Eagan Robotics program who signed up. We were able to see some of the technology that they use in the FBI such as the technology that they put into cars. We also got to see what the team that goes to collect materials and evidence in a hazardous environment has to go through and the tools they use to gather that evidence. Our team also had the opportunity to talk to some of the female officers at the FBI and what their experience was like working for the FBI.
MN Kickoff- Our team along with FTC team EPIC and High Tech Kids hosted the Minnesota FTC Kickoff. There were multiple presentation tracks that people could go to and learn from. Various FTC teams presented on the different topics such as Rubies, The Q is Silqent, Height Differential, Ponytail Posse, and the Iron Maidens. This year, we implemented another track that people could learn about, a professional track. We invited Patrick McKinney, Evan Hochstein, and Andy Baker to come to the kickoff and present about a certain subject that they all deal with in their professional careers. We also invited Dr. Woodie Flowers to come to the kickoff and be our keynote speaker. It was an incredibly successful and amazing event for all involved.
Dinner with Woodie Flowers and Andy Baker- Our team went to dinner with FTC team EPIC, Woodie Flowers, and Andy Baker at a restaurant at the University of Minnesota. We had the opportunity to discuss and learn much from both Woodie Flowers as the co-founder of FIRST and Andy Baker as the co-founder of AndyMark. Our coaches and High Tech Kids was at the dinner as well.
PACER Family Fun and Tech Expo- Our team went to the PACER Family Fun and Tech Expo to run one of the booths. Our team helped out with the duct tape booth and the EXITE Camp booth. At the duct tape booth, we help attendees make different duct tape things such as bookmarks and bow ties. At the EXITE Camp booth, we told attendees about the camp and what it was, when it occurred, and the activities we did during the camp.
Cub Bagging- Our team participated in a Cub bagging event that the Eagan Robotics Program held. We helped bag people's groceries and helped to raise money for the Eagan Robotics Program. We also told those who were interested about FTC and what the Eagan Robotics Program was.
Hartfiel tour- Our team had the opportunity to take a tour of Hartfiel automation, one of our new sponsors. It was very interesting to learn about all of the things that they do at the company, and to be able to see their work space and how it functions on a daily basis. We were also able to bounce some ideas that we had for our robot off of some of their engineers and get their opinions.
October Foster STEM Club- Our team hosted a STEM camp for foster kids again, this time with marble roller coasters. The kids got to make a roller coaster out of paper towel rolls with their group that delivered a marble to a specific place. We all had an amazing time interacting with the kids and showing them certain aspects of STEM.
Trip to Boston- Our team wanted to go and tour colleges in Boston, and while there, we also had the opportunity to visit different technology companies. We toured MIT and Harvard, and had the chance to meet up with Woodie Flowers while we were at MIT. While at Harvard, we got to meet with the Harvard robotics team and hear about their experiences. We got to visit companies in the area such as Portal Instruments, as well as different robotics labs at MIT. It was a great learning experience for all of us.
Fox 9: Girls, Science, and Techology- Some of the members of our team assisted Microsoft at their booth at the Fox 9: Girls, Science, and Technology event at the Science Museum of Minnesota. At the booth, we helped instruct kids through the Minecraft version of Hour of Code. We also ran one of our demo bots, and gave the kids who wanted to the opportunity to run it for themselves.
Volunteering at the Eagan Tournament- Some of the members of our team volunteered at the first Minnesota regional tournament in Eagan. We worked as pit and gym queuers, making sure that teams were at the place that they needed to be at the right time. It is always important to volunteer at tournaments where we aren't competing, and give back to the FTC community.
Volunteering at the Eden Prarie tournament- One of our team members volunteered at the Eden Prarie regional tournament. She was FTAA-ing. It is very important to our team to volunteer at any tournaments we can so that we can give back to the FTC community.
December PACER STEM Club- For the December installation of our Pacer STEM Club, we did our marble roller coaster activity. We taught the girls about Newton's laws and how they applied to the roller coasters that they were making. They made roller coasters out of paper towel rolls that were attached to the wall. The passengers of the roller coasters were marbles. The girls had a lot of fun, and enjoyed being able to use their creativity to make their creations.
UN Presentation in New York- Two of our team members went to the New York United Nations location with a few representatives from the Eagan Robotics FRC team to talk with a Programme Specialist from UNESCO. We talked with her about expanding the programs that both of our teams have started, and how we can use the connections that they have in order to do that.
Foster Holiday Party- A few team members went to the Dakota County Foster Holiday Party and demoed a robot. The kids had the opportunity to drive the robot themselves. The kids really enjoyed doing this, and seemed very excited about the robot, and asked a lot of really good questions.
January PACER STEM Club- Our team had another STEM Club session at the Pacer Center for Children with Disabilities. This month, we focused on electricity, and what it was exactly. We made potato clocks, and told the kids about what properties the potatoes possessed that enabled it to power a clock. The girls had a great time, and enjoyed learning about electricity.
January Foster STEM Club- Our team had another STEM Club session with the Dakota County Foster group. This time, the kids got to solve a mystery using measurements to find the culprit. Everyone had an amazing time solving the mystery. working together, and learning more about the units of measurement.
February Foster STEM Club- Our team had another STEM Club session with the Dakota County Foster group. This time, our team did Hour of Code with attendees. The kids got to see what a simple form of programming looks like, and work on some simple programming themselves. They had a really good time learning about programming, and seeing that they could code too!
Mock Tournament- Our team held a mock tournament that all the Minnesota teams going to North Super Regionals could attend. Attending teams got the opportunity to have a practice judging panel with volunteer judges who have judged at many tournaments before, and get feedback on their presentations. Teams also were able to run their robots against other teams in practice runs, and see what a run might look like at North Super Regionals. All of the teams gathered together at the end, and exchanged experiences with each other about North Super Regionals, and to give advice to the first timers about what the competition will look like. It was very beneficial to be able to get feedback and exchange ideas with the other teams.
March PACER STEM Club- Our team held another STEM Club session at the Pacer Center for Children with Disabilities in Bloomington, Minnesota. For this session, we taught the girls about how robots are involved in art. They watched a video of a robot making a painting of Albert Einstein. The attendees then were able to make a robot out of a Little Bits kit that made art. They had a lot of fun learning about how circuits work, and how to incorporate them into the robots that they were making.
Demoing at The Works- Our team was invited by High Tech Kids to demo our robot at Robot Day at The Works in Bloomington, MN. While we were there, we got to show families our robot and tell them what FIRST and FTC was. Many of the kids were interested in FIRST, and very excited to see all of the cool FTC and FLL robots.
RoboFest at the Eden Prairie Mall- Our team was invited to participate in RoboFest at the Eden Prairie Mall. At this event, we displayed our robot to all of the passerby at the mall along with signs of our outreach and past awards that we have won. We also ran our robot on the game field that they had there so people could see what FTC was. Our team informed those who were interested about our team and FTC in general.
After completing 57 community outreach events last year we've decided to focus on big impact especially diversity for this season's activities. We developed a STEM Club with the Pacer Center in Bloomington, MN where every month we teach girls with disabilities a new part of STEM. We also developed a Robotics Rush package for FIRST to deliver to all teams around the world to help grow new robotics teams and co-hosted with two other teams the 2015 FTC Kickoff at the University of Minnesota. Throughout the year we engage in other FTC volunteer events.
Maker Faire – May 30, 2015 – Most of the team demonstrated their robot, Guy, at the High Tech Kids booth. Some of the Green Girls worked in the Stratasys booth to help them 3D print nametags using Creo.
STEM Club June Session at Pacer Center – June 10, 2015 – In collaboration with the Pacer Center, the Green Girls had their first session for their STEM Club. They gave a team overview presentation and then taught how to build a Lego inchworm and program it. At the end the team worked with them to program mini-bots to run on a maze. The girls were very engaged and enjoyed the event. The next event is scheduled for July 21.
4th of July Parade - July 4, 2015 - The Green Girls marched in the Eagan 4th of July parade with the Eagan robotics program.
STEM Club July Session at Pacer Center – July 7, 2015 – In collaboration with the Pacer Center we focused on the S (science) in STEM. We taught the girls how to create an oven out of a pizza box and foil. We used it to melt smores. We also mixed solutions together to show an erupting volcano.
Robotics Rush Packet - July 2015 - We packaged up our materials we developed for our Robotics Rush event where we increased the number of girls in our robotics program from 6 to 27 and 1 all-girls team to 4 all-girls teams. A representative from FIRST is going to publish it for all teams across the country to use.
STEM Club August Session at Pacer Center – August 5, 2015 – In collaboration with IBM and the Pacer Center, the Green Girls hosted the Wednesday all-day session of the EXITE camp. We taught the girls about the software and engineering life cycles, robot build, program and test.
FOX 9 Interview - August 12, 2015 - We connected with FOX 9 News and were interviewed by Leah Beno about our team and upcoming trip to China.
Minnesota State Fair STEM Day - August 20, 2015 - We demonstrated our robot to hundreds of kids at the High Tech Kids booth.
ID-Line Manufacturing Tour - August - Our gracious sponsor gave us a tour of their manufacturing company.
Official Minnesota FTC Kickoff Hosts at the University of Minnesota – In collaboration with the Motorbolts and EPIC FTC teams and High Tech Kids we organized and hosted the 2015 FTC kickoff. We gave presentations on the following topics:
- Welcome Opening
- CAD and 3-D Printing
- Marketing and Fundraising
- FTC 101
- Engineering Notebook
- Game Reveal Opening
University of Minnesota GoFIRST FTC Event - October 3, 2015 - This was an FTC event sponsored by GoFIRST from the U of M. We provided two presentations:
- Business Case
- CAD and Digital Fabrication
Meeting people at Thomson Reuters - October 7, 2015 - Grace went to Thomson Reuters during their lunch time and set up outside the cafeteria so interested people could come and ask her about FTC, First, and our team.
Helping Leonardo's Basement move (Giving Back to our Sponsor) - October 10, 2015 - We helped our sponsor, Leonardo's Basement, move to their new facility.
Talk to FRC students at Lakeville South High School - October 26, 2015 - Zoe talked to/taught the FRC Lakeville South students about the non-technical aspects of robotics.
STEM Club November Session at Pacer Center - November 3, 2015 - We are focusing on the E (Engineering) in STEM offering a class using a dog house.
2015 World Adolescent Robotics Contest; Beijing, China- November 21, 2015- The Green Girls went to Beijing to compete in an international competition and do outreach. For more information see the page: Our Trip To China
STEM Club December Session at Pacer Center - December 15, 2015 - We focused on the math aspect of STEM during this STEM Club session. We did measuring activities with the girls to find who stole Mrs. Frost's candy.
Volunteer at St. Peter FTC Regional Tournament - Two team members volunteered all day at the tournament. One was a FTAA and the other performed general volunteering.
STEM Club January Session at Pacer Center - We held the January STEM Club at PACER. At this event we focused on winter related science experiments because it is so cold in MN! (-3 c)
2014-2015 Season Community Outreach:
FRC Regional Tournament at Mariucci Arena - March 28, 2014 – the Green Girls partnered with the Lazybotts FTC team to host Krazy Kubes, a fun competition where 4 identical robots push as many blocks into their corner in a 2 minute period.
Expanding Your Horizons Session - April 5, 2014 – the Green Girls hosted a booth demoing robots at the Expanding your Horizons conference at Inver Hills Community College. Expanding Your Horizons is a career day organized by the Math/Science Interchange and Community Ed 196 that is intended to inform young women about careers in math- and science-related fields. http://www.expandingyourhorizonsla.org/index.html
Eden Prairie Mall Robo Fest Event for National Robotics Week – April 13, 2014 - during this day-long event the Green Girls demonstrated their robot and provided information on FLL and FTC with the Lazybotts at Eden Prairie Mall.http://www.nationalroboticsweek.org/
Robot Day at The Works Museum - April 12, 2014 – during this day-long event the Green Girls demonstrated their competition robot to over 1,000 attendees at the Works Museum in Bloomington.
Inventors Congress at the Minneapolis Convention Center – May 3, 2014 – during this day-long event the Green Girls demonstrated their competition robot to all attendees and shared information about FTC and FLL.
PACER Robot Class - May 17, 2014 – Twenty-one special-needs girls attended where the Green Girls presented information about themselves, their interests in robotics and other activities they are involved in. Then they broke into groups and taught groups of 3-4 girls on how to build and program NXT robots. They finished the class with a craft with bedazzling Lego bricks and attached them to necklaces. There was also had a military recon robot from the U of MN that everyone got to play with, which was really cool! A fun and learning time was had by all! The girls really seemed to identify with kids their age teaching them about robots. http://www.pacer.org/contactpacer.asp
Robotics Rush – June 4, 2014 - The Green Girls hosted a “Robotics Rush” at Dakota Hills Middle school, to encourage more girls to participate in the Eagan Robotics program. Eleven girls attended and were very engaged during each of the sessions (programming, manipulator, drive and community outreach). Many more girls are interested, but had a conflict with the time. We might have enough for two new teams!!! The Green Girls are also raising money to fund the all-girls teams.
Pinewood Elementary - June 12, 2014 - We introduced the audience to FTC and our team and taught them how to build a simple, FLL demobot. Once everyone completed their robot build we taught them how to program it.
Pacer Future Technology Girls Workshop (Green Girls only) - May 17, 2014 - We created the curriculum and taught girls with disabilities how to build and program a NXT robot. This was an all-day camp.
IOT Presentation - July 15, 2014 - We presented to one of our sponsors, IOT and took a tour of their business.
4th of July Summer Parade - July 4, 2014 - We participated and walked in the Eagan 4th of July summer parade.
3M picnic - demonstrations - July 12, 2014 - We demonstrated our robot at the 3M picnic. 3M is one of 2220's sponsors.
Robotics Rush - Parent Meeting - July 15, 2014 - We met with the parents and girls again from robotics rush to see who is interested and to go a bit more in depth about robotics.
U of M Tour & camp; presentations - organized for Eagan Program - July 22, 2014 - We worked with Panos to set up a UofM robotics tour for the Eagan program.
Pacer STEM Day Prep - July 22, 2014 - We went to Pacer after the U of M event to build the NXT bots the girls would use for the August 6th event.
Wescott Library - July 24, 2014 - We presented at the Wescott library Robot day with The Q is siquent and Eagan Robotics 2220
DCTC TXT Camp - July 28, 2014 - We presented at the 2014 DCTC Teens eXperiencing Technology (TXT) All-Girls Camp
Pacer Workshop #2 - August 6, 2014 - We went to pacer and worked with IBM For STEM Day at Pacer Camp.
MN State Fair - STEM Day - August 21, 2014 - We presented at the 2014 MN State Fair with High Tech Hilltoppers and High Tech Kids.
New FTC Member Intro Meeting - August 21, 2014 - We demonstrated in the Eagan FTC new member meeting.
Thomson Reuters Unconference - September 5, 2014 - We presented our team, described FTC and demonstrated our robot to Thomson Reuters technologists. After our presentation we learned about wearable technology such as Google Glass and watches and rings with technology. We finished the evening by using Oculus Rift.
Official 2014 FTC Kickoff - September 6, 2014 - We gave 2 presentations in the rookie track. We presented "The Difference Between RobotC and Labview" and Robot Build Tips and Tricks. Both presentations are available on this website.
Eagan FTC Kickoff - September 13, 2014 - Eagan hosted a kickoff for the new teams and those that couldn't make it to the official kickoff. Our team split up and helped the new all-girls teams as they created a team name and started strategizing on the challenge.
Robotics Alley Conference - September 16, 2014 - We will demonstrate our 2013 competition robot "Snippy" using the Block Party field.
U of M Robotics Event - September 27, 2014 - We are partnering with the U of M MNDrive to host a half-day event for all FTC teams in the state of MN to learn more about robotics and strategize together on the 2014 challenge.
Race for Robots 5k Run - October 11, 2014 - We are partnering with the Lazybotts to host a 5k run/walk to raise money for High Tech Kids and local robotics teams. Robotics teams are welcome to participate in the run/walk and/or demonstrate their robots in the pavilion.
Rookie Teams Shadow at Eagan Regional Tournament - November 15, 2014 - We had two teams shadow us at our first regional tournament in Eagan.
Bloomington Regional FTC Tournament - November 28, 2014 - We mentored the Neon Tech Girls Team throughout the day. They are one of the teams we started at the beginning of the season.
Burnsville Regional FTC Tournament - December 6, 2014 - We had two girls volunteer, one was a FTAA and one did queuing.
Edina Regional FTC Tournament - December 13, 2014 - Four of our girls went and volunteered, one was an FCS, one was an FTAA, one was queuing, and one was helping one of our new all girls teams.
Bagging groceries at Eagan Cub - December 20, 2014 - Three of our girls went with some other Eagan teams to bag groceries at the local Cub.
Toys for Tots and Krazy Kubes with LazyBotts - December 21, 2014 - Three of our girls went to the Eden Prairie Mall to help collect items for Toys for Tots with the LazyBotts. We also ran the Krazy Kubes game that they made up with them as well.
Meet with senators Carlson and Clausen - January 26, 2015 - Our team went to the Capitol with the Iron Maidens FTC team to talk to senators Carlson and Clausen about women in STEM.
FLL State Tournament - February 7, 2015 - Our team is going to the FLL State tournament to demonstrate our FTC community outreach robot.
Helping other teams at State - February 21, 2015 - At the state tournament we lent a NXT brick to another FTC team. We also lent a servo motor wire to a team whose wire got severed during a match.
Super Regionals preparation scrimmage - March 21, 2015 - Eagan hosted a practice scrimmage for the teams going to super regionals, which our team helped set up for.
Mentoring 2 New All-Girls Teams - ongoing - As a result of our robotics rush event we brought in enough girls to form 3 new teams. We are mentoring them throughout the season.
Past Season Community Outreach:
University of Texas Arlington Research Institute (UTARI) – October 2013 The Green Girls were invited to UTARI for two days over MEA to present their invention from 2013 FLL Senior Solutions Research Project with a goal to turn the invention into a real product partnering with UTARI. http://www.uta.edu/utari/. The team was introduced to many robots including PS2, Baxter and a robot that assists with autism and learned about engineering and technology UTARI is investing in to support wounded troops.
The Green Girls mentored FLL teams at an FLL Halloween Practice Competition and an Elko FLL team – Fall and Winter 2013-2014 - by giving them ideas on how to combine mission runs and exercises on improving teamwork.
Fox 9 Girls in Science at the MN Science Museum for the 3rd year in a row – October 2011, 2012 & 2013 the team demonstrated robots and talked about FLL from 8:00 – 4:00pm. Fox9 estimated over 11,000 people attended the event.
Working with WIRED (Women In Robotics Engaging Daughters) - ongoing to create events and ideas to encourage girls participation in STEM activities with an emphasis on robotics.
Robotics Alley Film Festival where we met Heather Knight. She hosted the festival and has her bachelors and masters degrees from MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and has a minor in Mechanical Engineering.
Three members of our team participated in a meeting with two St. Thomas students in SWE (Society of Women in Engineering). The girls learned about women going into STEM fields and how they chose where to go to college.
Big Woods Hearth and Home – The Green Girls visited the manufacturing and design labs and received mentor help from an Engineer focusing on improvements on our scissor arm.
FLL State Tournament –Spring 2014 We demonstrated our FTC robot at the FLL State Tournament and promoted STEM by providing information on FLL and FTC.
FTC Regional Tournament – Spring 2014 – Green Girls ran the clocks for the FTC Regional competition at Columbia Heights.
In prior years we’ve promoted FIRST and STEM by:
o presenting on stage in front of 300+ people for 40 minutes at the Great Girl Scout Get Together at the Mall of America. We also demonstrated our FLL robots at a separate event.
o participating in the MN State Fair STEM Day
o presenting at DCTC TXT (Teens eXperiencing Technology) camp
o highlighting STEM, FLL and our team in a video taped by Eagan TV and put on YouTube: (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HH0tx1fIU4E&feature=youtu.be),
o presenting our robot in the Robotics Alley Conference Expo Hall
o mentoring the Wild Girls FLL team