Community outreach is a huge part of FRC and the values of FIRST, a category we strive to exemplify every day.
Cortechs Robotics believes it is very important to inspire younger students to pursue STEM activities and continue to innovate. In order to achieve this, Cortechs Robotics mentors FLL Team #4486, the Robot Whisperers. Students of Cortechs Robotics share their past FLL experiences with the Robot Whisperers, while encouraging and inspiring them to continue into the FRC program. This allows Cortechs Robotics to help create the future engineers of the world. The Robot Whisperers recently won the Champions Award at the regional competition, and are excited for states.
Connecting with local businesses
As a team, we value our community and more importantly, the key members who make it run. Because of this, Cortechs is focusing on local businesses rather than large business deals for sponsors and aid. Currently connecting with a handful of local businesses, our goal is to get the community involved with not just FRC but FIRST Robotics and the true importance behind the values held so tightly to each member.
Spreading STEM in a Rural Village in India
Recently, On July 18th Cortechs team members visited a rural village in India known as Tallarevu. We highlighted the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and the growing world of robotics in today’s society. We demonstrated several examples of how robots are omnipresent fields such as medicine, construction, and irrigation. Cortechs was greeted by bright, smiling, and inquisitive students. Despite the cultural and language barriers, the students were eager to learn and engaged throughout the presentation. Cortechs shared about the FIRST Robotics India program and the different job opportunities associated with STEM.
The Cortechs Robotics Workshop Expo is a community initiative that we implemented last year and plan to continue for many years. During this expo, the Cortechs Workshop, located in the Cary Towne Center Mall, opened its gates to the community and allowed young students to tour the workshops and engage in STEM related activities. The kids were also taught the Cortechs and FIRST Mission and what it means to participate in FRC. This Workshop Expo was a huge success and helped us make a broader impact towards the community and spreading the word of STEM.
Every year Cortechs hosts numerous FLL camps throughout the season. These camps help interested students learn about FIRST and teaches them many valuable skills needed in order for them to start a team of their own. Our highly experienced mentors (students who have competed at the FLL World Festival) train these interested minds and prepare them for success in the future. Through these camps, Cortechs has taught students the importance of STEM while forwarding the mission of both the team as well as FIRST. Click here to view a short video about an FLL team that Cortechs Mentored who ended up winning the state championships and qualifying for the world championships.
Engineers Day – Museum of Life and Science.
On 11/05/2016 Cortechs participated in the annual engineers day at the museum of life and science in Durham, NC. At this event, we were given the opportunity to demo our robot and show the young interested minds of the future the many uses for engineering and STEM. By shooting boulders into the air, we were able to quickly grab the attention of both kids and parents alike. We talked about the FIRST values and introduced parents to FLL. Overall this was an amazing experience for Cortechs and helped push our goal of inspiring and spreading STEM throughout the community.
The BrainSTEM Initiative is a continuation of a previous year’s program that works to involve Cortechs Robotics inside of the workshop and inside of the classroom. The program is centered around the production of highly-scalable deliverables like videos and lesson plans to enhance the learning experience in a wide variety of classrooms. Last year we created instructional videos lead by students in order to teach students real world examples of the content they learn in school. In the upcoming months, we will continue to implement this initiative to reach an even broader community and spread the idea of STEM in underprivileged students across NC.
Garner Community Center Partnership
This Year, Cortechs Robotics is partnering with the Garner Community Center to encourage underrepresented students in the SE Raleigh to learn and get involved in STEM. We visited the GCC and showed students and teachers alike what it means to be on a FIRST team and how exciting STEM can be. We also opened up our Workshop during our 2nd Workshop Expo on 9-21-17 for kids from both the Garner Community Center and around the mall to explore a number of fun activities! This is the just the beginning of this wonderful partnership, we can’t wait to see what in store for the future ahead of us in this lasting partnership!