The Big Event this year (Apr. 8, 2017) brought excellent weather. Fifteen of our team members volunteered, so we broke into two groups of 6 and 9. The group of 6, in the photo to the right, helped rake a local resident's yard. The group of 9 helped rake up debris from another yard as well as pull up their weeds. We are grateful again for the opportunity to give back to the community and it was fantastic this year that we could help out two families. Photos of both groups at work can be seen below.
In this year's cold and snowy Big Event (Apr. 9, 2016), T.E.K. Robotics had 9 students participate and volunteer at a local residence. The team did some minor landscaping involving pulling weeds, mulching, laying weed block, and laying down a rock bed. In addition, the team also helped prepare a garden for the next growing season by pulling out weeds and the previous year's plants. Despite the weather, we thoroughly enjoyed getting the chance to give back to the community again.
The Science Museum of Western Virginia hosted a Stem Summit for elementary school girls, July 2015. The Event Coordinator, Hannah Weiss, invited the team to introduce the young ladies to robotics. Co-President Kaite spoke as the guest scientist to the girls about the design process. The team prepared two robots and a match for the girls to compete. While waiting, the young ladies drew designs of their own robots to meet the challenge and limitations. In the end the girls presented their ideas and designs to each other.
Along with these community service and social events, T.E.K. Robotics is also heavily involved instructing and educating others in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) using robotics as the educational tool. To the right is a picture of T.E.K. Robotics assisting BSA Troop 51 in gaining their Robotics Merit Badge.