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In summer of 2009 and 2010, the Rock N' Roll Robots hosted their annual summer camp which introduces the next generation to robotics and the FIRST Tech Challenge, by teaching them the basics of FIRST, creating their own game, and hosting their very own mini competition. Our mentors also mentored adults aspiring to be mentors, and presented the girls with tools to start their own teams, or join RRR.
On May 27, 2009
the Rock N' Roll Robots helped kick off the new "Robots!" exhibit at the Discovery Cube with KTLA's Gayle Anderson.
The Rock N' Roll Robots work with Girl Scout's Lego League teams in the Los Angeles area and presented at their camp on July 22, 2010 to help the girls get a feel for the other opportunities FIRST has to offer.
Los Angeles FTC Kickoff
The Rock N’ Roll Robots were fortunate enough to host the LA FTC Kickoff in 2009; a long standing tradition on the East Coast finally made its way to Southern California. With the help of the FRC/FTC team, the Firebirds and the LA FTC Event Coordinator, Suparna Mukherjee, we hosted a very successful event in which rookie and veteran teams came together for a day of fun, food, and robots! A small scrimmage of last season’s game. Face Off! and a sneak peak into the FRC world (courtesy of the Firebirds) culminated with the releasing of the newest edition to the FTC world, Hot Shot! Following the game release was a group brainstorming event and a look at the new field components. The day was a blast to plan, a joy to participate in, and the beginning of a new tradition for LA based teams!
Girl Scout Family Science Day
On October 25th, 2009, our team hosted a booth for the Girl Scout Family Science Day at Glendale Community College. Over 1500 girls and adults attended. It was magnificent seeing young, smiling Girl Scouts coming to our booth to ask us about our robot and what we do. The girls asked us a million questions like “How does this work?” and “Did you really build this?” We enjoyed teaching them how each component of the bot worked. We also set up our robot from our rookie year so the girls could try driving it and held a naming contest for our new robot!
Rockwell Collins Automation Fair
The team participated in the Rockwell Collins Automation Fair in November 2009 at the Anaheim Convention Center. We represented FTC at the FIRST booth with Johnny 52. We encouraged questions and often gave demonstrations of our robot’s abilities. In addition to an opportunity to display our robot the Rockwell event introduced us to some future sponsors! It was a new experience to see how business negotiations were made over engineering-related ideas in the real world. It was amazing to see the type of projects that we might be working on in college or for a career in the future!
The Rock N’ Roll Robots hosted the LA Regional along with the Firebirds at San Marino High School.
Body Wise Conference
The Rock N' Roll Robots participated in the Body Wise Conference, teaching young girls from all across the Los Angles County that they too can be engineers. Girls and parents got to drive a robot and see demos of our competition robot this year, Johnny 52!
The team also had the opportunity to mentor San Marino High School’s rookie FTC team this year. The Firebirds have competed on the FRC level before, but this is their first year with FTC. They have been kind enough to share their space with us in exchange for our experience.
Girl Scout Badge
To help more Girl Scouts to access robotics we helped create a badge that can be earned by girls of all levels!