“Wow” is all we can say. This November we were invited to join up with a local FLL Tournament in
our area and we are so glad we did; it was a bunch of fun! We came and showed off our own robot
and we were able to engage many young kids in the field of robotics.
Not only did we contribute to this FLL Tournament by showing of our robot but one of
our own members was trained and worked as a referee in the tournament (the rules are so cool!).
Congrats to all 27 teams who competed!
“I remember watching a Chairman’s Award video and seeing that a team had done an outreach
event at a school in the early 2000’s and then a kid from that event ended up joining the
team years later. I see a lot of candidates in this room right now and am really hoping that
we’ll interest these young’uns to continue with FIRST program.” – Griffin College
During the year of 2014 we started working in the inner city of Durham with the Salvation Army’s
Boys and Girls Club. We’re currently in the process of helping the to start a FTC Team there.
The kids are just absolutely ecstatic, however not nearly as ecstatic as us to be able to bring FIRST
and STEM programs into Durham, North Carolina. We plan to do several robot demonstrations and
workshops along with starting their path into the FIRST Organization. We’ve got a bad (or should we say good) case of the FIRST fever and so do they.
STEM Education Month
Our team takes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Education very seriously as it is incorporated into every part of a robotics team. Thus, we have worked valiantly in our town of Cary to gain support from the community. After going to St. Louis for the FIRST World Championship we were awarded in recognition of our teams accomplishments. This proclamation sparked a flourishing relationship with our town. When it was realized the lacking STEM Education standards in our home state, team 5190 brought it on themselves to do something about it. We saw a great opportunity to use our newfound relationship with our town, Cary. The team then did research and sold the good cause of bringing attention to our state’s lacking STEM standards. The town of Cary then used our research and used our drive to make September STEM Education Month in the town of Cary! Located below is a copy of the proclamation making September STEM Education Month. It’s a good read if you want to know more about STEM in North Carolina.