Authors: Maddie Brien and Andrew Moy
As you know, the FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) is fast approaching, and Team 2612 is working extremely hard to prepare. However, FIRST is more than robots competing. It's also about teaching kids the joys of science and robotics, and that's exactly what our Waterford READS STEM program is all about.
The ability to read is critical to success in school, and that’s why the Waterford School District launched Waterford READS, a guarantee that all students in the district will read at grade level by the end of third grade.
And Corsair Robotics 2612 is getting involved by using this program to also initiate Waterford READS STEM, which kicked off on Feb. 15. We believe that reading is important, but also introducing students to STEM, and specifically robots. With Waterford READS STEM, we're encouraging both. By combining reading, writing, science, and creativity, we hope this program is exciting and educational for everyone.
Our team delivered three books about robotics, engineering, and innovation to all nine elementary schools in the district. Third-graders can earn their school points by completing various STEM projects, including reading books and articles. The school that earns the most points will receive recognition and a special visit from Corsair Robotics 2612, where all third-graders in the school can drive and operate one of our award-winning robots.
Also, in celebration of Waterford READS STEM, we’re inviting all elementary students to join us at 2 pm on Saturday, March 5 at Waterford Mott High School for STEM Day 2016. This is part of Waterford Mott's FIRST Robotics Competition, which is free and open to the public. At the event, elementary students can see high-school robotics teams (FRC) compete, receive a tour from us, learn about FIRST LEGO League and W.I.R.E.D. (Waterford Initiative for Robotics Education and Development), and march in the "STEM Parade of Students."
Visit http://www.corsairs2612.org/stem.html for more information and to see our team's video about the program.
Special thanks to the LEGO League 16444, the Groovy Girls, for helping with our video about how to build a LEGO robot. Also, special thanks to Team 217, Thunder Chickens, and to Team 27, RUSH.
Make it a great one, Corsairs!
In other news...
Here are just a few of the tasks finished during Week 5 of the FIRST STRONGHOLD build season:
Only one more week of build season to go! Look for our special blog on Wednesday, Feb. 24 as we reveal our bot and the six weeks of hard work that went into creating it.
- Andrew Moy, XO
ACKNOWLEDGING OUR GENEROUS FRC SPONSORS
Thank you to GM Foundation and Michigan Department of Education for their continued support!
We also thank the following 2015-2016 sponsors to date:
Wayne State University's C2 Pipeline
Paulson's Audio & Video
Cross The Road Electronics
Genisys Credit Union
Joe Lunghamer Chevrolet
Laser Cutting Company, Inc.
NSB Agency, Inc.
Oscar W. Larson Co.
Terminal Supply Co.
Discount Battery - Waterford
Cottage Inn Pizza - Waterford
Far Flung Travels
Henn Racing Technologies
LCPL Troy D. Nealey AMVETS Post 1583 (Eaton Rapids, MI)
Light Green Water
Michigan Chiropractic Specialists
MO-TEC Automotive Service
Ridge To Valley Roofing, LLC
The Wernette Law Firm, PLLC
Rhonda M. Seals
THE BLOG TEAM
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