On November 9th the team sponsored a STEM night, and invited the area Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts and the kids from our new FIRST Lego League teams to come see our robots, and take a tour of our shop! The students had a great time giving tours, talking abut CAD, showing 3D printing, and teaching the kids how to drive and work out robots! They had lots of great questions and were very interested in the robots and shop.
On November 17th, the team was at Moe's BBQ in Bangor and had its yummiest fund raiser yet! Team members helped bring people food and cleared tables. Moe's gave a portion of sales for the day, tips, plus donations, making this an excellent fund raiser for the team! Thank you so much! You can find them here http://www.moesoriginalbbq.com/lo/bangor/
The programmers would like to share all the cool stuff they have been working on over the past 2 years! There is so much stuff going on inside the robots that makes them go, but remains invisible. So if you are interested in the inner workings of FIRST robots check out the teams GITHUB site, the site includes competition coding, off-season coding and raspberry pi coding. And coming soon, this summers Balance Bot (still a work in progress) coding! Check it out at http://www.github.com/FRC4564
Cass and Drew's team of "Trash Trek"-ers (the name of this years game) took 3rd place out of 60 teams on Saturday at the state meet, in August at the Maine Robotics Expo! Super proud of all the teams! Read more Maine Lego Competition!
On November 27th another group of team members were very busy at a First Lego League Northern Qualifier competition in Old Town! We are very excited to introduce Team 19821 Lego Catastrophe of Bangor, mentored by Cass and Drew, and Team 18539 L.O.C.Hness, our home school team, mentored by Kendra and her family. Early in September the team helped the home schoolers build their competition table, and Cass's team came to the shop to make buttons for their team. Lego Catastrophe came in 5th place at the qualifier! Read about it here FIRST Lego League Northern Qualifier
L.O.C.Hness (stands for League of Coding Heros) didn't qualify, but Kendra said she heard one of her team members say, "Well I didn't start out dknowing what I was doing, but in the end we worked it out." Kendra said, "this surprised me, professional, real team stuff". We love that our student mentors are having a huge impact on the next generation of robot inspired kids! Good luck at the Championships!
In support of STEM the team hosted the Vex competition for the second year, teams from all over the state arrived early Saturday morning and competed all day, Their game this year Nothing But Net was a great challenge with the small bots throwing, pushing, and lifting each other for points. The team gave their mentors a shot at the bots with Mentor Matches and some special awards from the team. In the end Hampden D and Cape Elizabeth alliance went on to win! Big thank yous go out to our Judges, sponsor TLC Landscaping, f our own Jacob B, the Black Bear Robotics, Karen from RIM, and our team volunteers for helping make this a great event!
Another great day at The Challenger Center's Space Day! This was the teams fourth invite this year and we love sharing our robots with the kids, we brought SASHA and shot frisbees and put the kids behind the controls. Lots of great displays from the students at the University of Maine and the local computer group! Thanks again to the crew at The Challenger Center for the invite and supporting STEM in our area!