We started off in the summer with our inaugural Summer Robotics Summit where eager to learn FRC teams came to gain some new knowledge and insights into FRC, business and robotics in general.
Then class started up and we had a flurry of outreach events on campus we attended. We were at everything from activity fairs for freshmen at the U of M to teaching elementary grade and younger kids the awe of STEM. In that time we also saw ourselves moving into a new shop space in Stadium Village. What fun was that navigating the moving truck on a Saturday through Gopher Football game day traffic.
Leading up to FRC Kick-off we dabbled with a new concept, holding two Mock Kick-off's. While not entirely successful, we still enjoyed showing FRC teams what the impending season would be like.
What always comes after Mock Kick-off is the main event for any FRC team, Kick-off. This year we saw a challenge with a new element to FIRST, Frisbee's. After six grueling weeks of work teams ascended to and met the challenge as we volunteered for the first time at four awesome regionals here in Minnesota. Before the regionals though, we found the time to host a FLL tournament. We saw tons of excited students solving problems that our aging population will face.
During this entire time while our members were volunteering with FIRST, guiding and mentoring FRC and FLL teams, hosting robotic tournaments and performing outreach, they found the time to build a robot for an all new competition for the group. They worked on a task that many FRC teams don't undertake; a fully autonomous robot, for the IGVC competition (pictured).
All-in-all this has been one very busy year for us as a group. Next year we are looking to do much of the same while improving in what we do and looking to add in new events and ways of fulfilling our mission, to inspire the future generations of leaders and recognize the work and accomplishments of those in and pursing studies in STEM.
We would like to say thank you to everyone who has helped us out over the past year and congratulate all our members for making this an awesome year. We wish everyone the best of summers and we are looking forward to another great year.