TAKING FIRST TO THE STREETS
A DIFFERENT AUDIENCE
Taking FIRST To the Streets is an outreach program Team 1318 created in 2011. Its purpose was to get us outside at art walks and other community events one wouldn't see robots or STEM. We continue doing so today, having touch points with thousands. But, we can't reach everyone as a total of hundreds of thousands attend events we're at. Thus, we join other teams at events to build relationships and increase impact.
A LASTING IMPACT
At outreach events we let folks play with our robot(s), talk to them, answer questions, and hand out flyers. Sources tell us that after our events, FIRST WA sees a 4-5 fold increase in emails. We get involved with our crowds and ensure they know how to get involved with FIRST no matter their age. We've also inspired every school in our district to get involved with robotics. Through this outreach program, teams outside our district have gotten inspired to start too.
THE A.R.T. PROJECT
WHAT DOES A.R.T. STAND FOR?
A.R.T. stands for Audit, Respond, and Teach. Founded in the summer of 2017 by Bryan Lim and Zane Young, its purpose has been one of ours for a long time. The goal is to not only engage and inspire the community but to teach it. This means taking on technical odd jobs and mentoring/assisting more teams. We set out "auditing" or investigating the situation or problem. Then we respond to the body we're dealing with, fulfilling the job or planning to mentor a team. Then, we teach: explaining a project or actually mentoring a team.
WHAT WE'VE DONE
We've mentored the IMS FLL team since its early days when we inspired its creation and continue to do so alongside multiple other district teams with the Issaquah Robotics Alliance. We mentor and assist teams from Central Washington to Silicon Valley, not limiting ourselves by geography. From teaching an after-school robotics class at Clark Elementary to building a Raspberry Pi Project for a local teacher, our members set out to volunteer their time and experience.
HAVE A REQUEST?
We'd be happy to hear about it! Whether it's something to do with our A.R.T. Project or if you want us to be at an event, we're excited to see how we can help. Please visit the "Contact Us" page to submit your message.
AT SCIENCE FAIRS
The IRS goes to science fairs throughout and beyond the Issaquah School District. We used to contact schools to join their science fairs. Today, due to a growing reputation, schools and even sponsors ask us to attend science fairs. There, kids play with robots and parents get educated about FIRST and how to get involved.
WITH PNW FIRST
Team 1318 formed the Issaquah Robotics Alliance to help local robotics teams. From invitations to fall classes to lending our mecanum drive train, we try to help in any way possible. In recent years, we've also held a social for PNW robotics teams. There, members of various teams socialize through various FIRST-themed games.
Back in 2007, funding was tight for the IRS and the loss of mentors was a drawback. Yet, they didn't give up hope, going all the way to Olympia to gain funding for all FIRST WA teams. Today, the team continues returning to Olympia and presents to Issaquah Chamber of Commerce. The mayor of Issaquah is also familiar with them, visiting at outreach events.
WITH SCHOOL AND ALUMNI
The IRS used to hold "Robot Fridays" during lunches, and continues to make ourselves known at school assemblies and club fairs, broadcasting achievements. We don't just keep in-touch with potential members, but also former ones. Our alumni go on to amazing places, and we invite them back each year to an alumni party. This is along with team social events and family potlucks.
Team 1318 sends sponsors annual engineering notebooks highlighting our engineering process and robot details. This is along with presentations and visits to them. Being thankful, we're more than willing to attend their events.