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 help with 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 and we are 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 were 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 Tulip Time Big Band Parade. With the float, we are able to spread the word of FIRST to hundreds of television viewers and thousands of local visitors. Last year we involved all of our students from each group of FIRST from FLL Jr. - FRC. Over the years we have been able to meet several different politicians and share FIRST with them.
Building Lego League Fields
For many years we build game pieces and work at the Lego Mania 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 builds each piece perfectly. Once the pieces are built and 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 WOBOT team looks forward to doing this every year (truth: we like to play with Legos).
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 lead the FTC team, learning how to analyze the game at kickoff and learning 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 WOBOT when they are old enough.
Wings of Mercy
We volunteer 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 aircraft. We look forward to helping out every year.
Shop N Dine
In December 2018 we held our second 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 wandering around. We also had dinner, silent auction, raffles, and a gift wrapping station which was all WOBOT student/mentor run. We also had a robot hall which featured every legacy 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 year's Shop-n-Dine Vendor Show.
BPW Recycle Day
For several years we have teamed up with the Holland Board of Public Works to help with their Recycle Day events. The community is available to come to deposit their old and broken electronics to be recycled appropriately instead of ending 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 legacy bots. 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 on a table or flying. 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 Herrick Library and ran a "build a brush bot" work shop with local resident children. We also 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 inspire the students as we encouraged reading habits. The team showed the students lasts year's robot. Along with showing what the robot can do, the team also told them about the building process from start to finish. We also showed the students the game video. The team told the students that without 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 assembly and gave high fives to the team mates when leaving.
North Holland Carnival Night
The team volunteered SW Carnival Night. 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, where we take a robot to local elementary schools and show the robot to the students and answer questions that they may have.
Every year we help at Freshman Orientation by showing a robot from the previous year, as well as providing information about FIRST and the team. We answer questions and share about what FIRST has done for us.
Bot in the Lot
Every year, the team does Bot in the Lot shows, where the team goes to a sponsor and shows our bot. We do this because we like to show our sponsors our appreciation and we like to show them how their donations helped us learn throughout the season.
With our school's drone, two members from our team fly at events such as assemblies, homecoming games, football games, and many other events.
Stuff The Bus
We help every year with an event called "Stuff the Bus". 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 onto a school bus. At the end of the event, the bus takes the products to the Community Action House, where we help to off-load.
FIRST CREE Lightbulbs
The team participated in distributing FIRST LED light bulbs to people in the community who have Holland BPW as their energy supplier. As well as distributing we took the opportunity to set up a booth at many of our events which had examples of three types of light bulbs in identical lamps. The lamps had energy monitors attached to show the visitors how much energy they can save by changing to a more energy efficient light bulb. The students where fascinated by the information and were enthusiastic to share this with 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.
Purple Power is a funding program through Van Andel, providing support for finding the cure to a range of 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.
A new course called Tech Support Internship provides a chance for robotics students to become involved in the support of 1:1 Chromebook devices at West Ottawa. Mr. Johnson, our assistant coach, heads up TSI with another teacher and sees many robotics students as hard workers in this course.
All Girls Competition
We have competed at the Grand Rapids All Girls Competition held each year in GR. Our girls on the team get exclusive rights to work on the robot, form all girl drive teams and make all the decisions as they compete. It is a fun, exciting event for everyone involved!
Our team co-sponsors the West Michigan Robotics Invitational), held each year in Zeeland. Area teams come together to play last year's game one more 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 kickoff event.