Posted in Power play Season

Academic Fair Demonstration with an All Time Record!

We presented FIRST/Power Play to a local school Academic Fair! We talked about the reasons to start a team, which were: Fun, the Competition, Teamwork, Leadership, Problem-Solving, and Gracious Professionalism. The Academic Fair turned out to be a huge success for our team, and we couldn’t be happier with the turnout. We were able to share our passion for robotics and FIRST/Power Play with a new audience. It was amazing to see so many kids interested in learning more about STEM.  We presented to about 25 kids and 20 adults! We even let some kids drive the competition robot (on a slower setting)! Check out the cool flyer we handed out there by clicking the button at the end of the post to take you to the resources tab!

The excitement didn’t stop there! Our website has hit an all-time record for more views than all the other years combined (2019-2022)! We are very happy and thankful for our subscribers and viewers who are checking out our content and learning more about the team. It’s moments like these that remind us why we do what we do. We’re passionate about promoting STEM education and inspiring the next generation of innovators, and it’s incredibly rewarding to see our efforts paying off. 

Thank you again to everyone who came out to the Academic Fair and supported our team online. We can’t wait to see where this momentum takes us next!

Posted in Power play Season

Two Outreach Visits and a Dean’s List Finalist

We finished our 2nd food bank visit to the Houston Food-bank! We had a lot of fun going there! We were fortunate to have some of the team’s siblings and parents come!!! As mentioned before, we’ve decided to dedicate more outreach hours than ever before. We’ll have a summer workshop this year, as part of our outreach mission, for those that are interested and present to many people about FIRST.

Our team has very exciting news to share! Our king coder, Jack Jones, was nominated at the Texas FTC State competition, as a Dean’s List Finalist!!!! Jack has spent countless hours coding our robot and making that code available to many robotics teams. Congrats and a big thanks to Jack!

Jack created a Github account for the S7 team so our code is available to everyone!

Posted in Skystone Season

Workshop Fun!

We, the Sensational 7!, had big plans this summer to host workshops for local kids, but like the rest of the world, we had do adapt. How did we adapt, you ask? Hosted a workshop for our siblings of course!! We got to share our love of robotics with people we were already quarantining with! Win-win!!

Our first day we worked on driving. The kids had a blast with this workshop. They got to play a quiz game to learn controls of the robot, then they played a few driving games including building obstacle courses for each other.

The next workshop took was all about building! The kids learned all about motors, tools, and various components of the robot.

They split up into teams and each team did a great job! By the end of the workshop, the kids had two functional robots built.

Finally, the kids learned about the “brains” of robotics…programming. S7 team members gave a presentation on various languages including Java and Blockly. The kids programmed the robots they built at the previous workshop using blockly.

The programs worked!!

There were definitely a few future FIRST team members in this group!!