BUILDING KIDS! BUILDING COMMUNITY! BUILDING A LEGACy!
A PARTNERSHIP WITH WEST OTTAWA PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND JR AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES
One thing that we do for the community every year, is planting tulip bulbs in the fall for Tulip Time that comes around every May. The mentors, parents, and students go downtown to help plant the bulbs. Everyone has a lot of fun planting the bulbs and is proud to be able to help our community. When we go back to the tulip beds during the festival and see the beautiful flowers blooming everyone is filled with pride. Last year we had our FTC students join us and are glad to have them join us this year again.
Tulip Time's Big Parade
For several years we have had a float in the Holland, Michigan's Tulip Time Big Band Parade. With the float, we are able to spread the word of FIRST to hundreds of television viewers. Last year we involved all of our students from each group of FIRST from FLL Jr. - FRC. Over the numerous years we have been able to meet several different politicians and share FIRST with them.
Building Lego League Fields
For several years we have committed to building and working at a area lego league competition. When the shipment arrives, the students work together to build the many pieces that are involved in the game. One box at a time, each group takes their numbered bags, find the instructions online, and build each piece perfectly. Once the pieces are built, inspected by a couple of people, the group then locks the pieces into their designated location on the game mat. Once everything is set, they are then packaged in separate containers (by table) and taken to the competition. The night before competition the team members then set up the tables and make sure everything is in 100% working order. The inter team looks forward to doing this every year.
Lego League Competitions
Along with building the fields for the Lego Competitions, we also volunteer to work at them. Students and mentors are assigned to multiple roles such as tech support, registration, judges, and referees. This is always a fun event and is looked forward to by everyone on our team. Many of our alumni come to help out during this event.
For the past couple of years we have held a FTC team "West Ottawa Warriors # 6070 (W.O.W.)". The Wobot mentors and students help mentor the FTC team with learning how to analyze the game on Kick-off and learn how to use the tools. The students really connect and look up to the high school students. With the bond created it makes the transition into the high school team a little easier. We look forward to the FTC students (who decided to continue) to join the Wobots when their old enough.
Wings of Mercy
This year we volunteered to work at a wonderful event called Wings of Mercy. All of the profits made go to fund flights for patients who need to be transfered to medical centers that are a great distance away for free. The students served food from the pancake breakfast fundraiser and cleaned up afterwards. The students were also able to talk with members of the organization and take rides in the aircrafts. We look forward to helping out next year.
Shop N Dine
This Dec. 2018 we held our 2nd vendor/craft show which had many different aspects to it. We had many vendors come and set up their booths for customers to enjoy while wondering around. We also had dinner, silent auction, raffles, and a gift wrapping station which was all WOBOT student/mentor ran. We also had a robot hall which featured every robot over the past 15 years. Each robot had a music stand with the years scrapbook next to it which would let viewers know what the game was and what the team did during that year. The students ran a couple of the most current robots and let children interact with the robots. Everyone had a great time and we are looking forward to next years Shop - N - Dine Vendor Show.
BPW Recycle Day
For a couple years we have teamed up with our Sponsors BPW to hold an Recycle day event. The community is available to come to deposit their old and broken electronics to be recycled appropriately instead of ended up in the landfill. The team helps unload cars and sort the items into the appropriate containers. We also have our robots set up to bring info about FIRST to people who may not know about it.
Elementary Science Fairs
The team attends many of our local elementary schools science fairs. We set up the robot so it can function and interact with the students; whether it's our Frisbee robot, our ball shooter robot, or one of our other robots. Close-up looks inside the robot are a crowd draw, and anyone on the team is available to answer questions. We also display the WO-Drone; whether its on a table or flying in the air. Along with the robot and the drone we also like to set up science experiments for the kids to try.
Build-A-Brush Bot with Wobot Night
On Monday night the team went to our local library and ran a build a brush bot work shop with local resident children. Along with build the bots we had the opportunity to talk to everyone about FLL JR, FLL, FTC, AND FRC, with displays set up around the room. Everyone had a fun night.
Lakewood Book Fair
The team went to one of our elementary schools (Lakewood) and helped inspired the students that reading is fun. The team showed the students lasts years robot. Along with showing what the robot can do the team also told them the building process from start to finish. They also showed the students the game video for this years game. The team told the students that with out reading and imagination we could not build our robot. The school gave every student a book featuring a robot and his adventures. The students had a blast at the assemble and gave high fives to the team mates when leaving.
North Holland Carnival Night
The team volunteered at one of our elementary school carnival nights. Students ran all of the games and displayed the drone. We had the robot set up in the hall and turned it in to a game, having the kids roll a ball to the bot and catch the ball once it was launched.
The team also does road shows. For the road shows, we take a robot to some local elementary schools and show the robot to the students and answer questions that they may have about the robot.
Every year we also help at Freshman Orientation. At Freshman Orientation, we show a robot from the previous year, as well as information about FIRST and the team. We answer questions and share about what FIRST has done for us.
Every year, the team also does an event called "Bot-N-The-Lot". For this event, the team goes to a sponsor and we show them our robot and what it had to do. We do this because we like to show our sponsors our appreciation and we like to show them what their donations and the parts they gave us were used for.
With our schools drone, two members from our team fly it at events such as assemblies, Homecoming games, football games, and many other events.
Stuff The Bus
Another thing that we do every year is an event called "Stuff the Bus". Stuff the Bus is an event that is held by the school; students go to a Spartan market and stand outside and collect canned goods, essentials, and sometimes cash donations. As the donations are collected, we put the products on to a school bus. At the end of the event, the bus takes the products to the Community Action House.
FIRST CREE Lightbulbs
The team participated in distributing FIRST LED light bulbs to the people in the community who have Holland BPW as their energy supplier. As while as distributing we took the opportunity to set up a booth at many of our events which had examples of three types of light bulb in identical lamps. With the lamps we had energy monitors attacked to show the visitors how much energy they can save by changing to a more energy efficient light bulb. The students where very fascinated by the information and where enthusiastic to share this to people.
Team 6114-Do The Thing
Year 2016, the team helped rookie team 6114-"Do The Thing" with their robot design and many other things. This team is just one example of the numerous teams we've helped over the years. We enjoy helping and supporting new/continuing teams, while watching them grow and become a great team.
Another thing that we do for the community is Purple Power which is a program through Van Andel. It supports multiple cancers. With Purple Power, some members from the team go to the basketball game (which is the biggest event for Purple Power), and shoot WOBOT t-shirts from our teams t-shirt cannon.
An opportunity that the team is helping the school to get a new program started for the next school year. This is a new class that will be offered at West Ottawa High School as of next year. This course is called "Tech Support Internship" also known as TSI.
All Girls Competition
Last year the girls on our team competed with local area teams. With the support of our male students in the crowd, they cheered for there follow team mates and scouted the matches. Everyone had a great time.
For several years the team helps set up and tear down the playing field at WMRI (West Michigan Robotics Invitational). Area teams come together in the fall and play last years game one last time. It's a great way to introduce new team members to the world of FIRST so they have a complete understanding of what to expect at a competition. It is always so much fun for everyone and gets everyone ready for January's Kick off.