We work to increase our community’s awareness of the importance of STEM; our team has done almost 400 hours total of outreach related work in our community this season alone. We have brought Kronos to many outreach events, such as Vibha Dream Mile, Play at the Park, Willstock, and our high school’s football games, using it to display the power of STEM and also using its enjoyable aspects to promote it to a younger audience. Traditionally, our team annually builds mobile apps related to the FIRST competition to further our outreach. This way, we are able to promote FIRST’s message to a new set of people, including those who have not been exposed to STEM. In the past few years, we have created Titan Destination, Titan Power Up, and Tote Stacker, games following FIRST’s game themes. In addition, we even hosted an event open to everyone, where a female speaker, Stephanie Espy, discussed her firsthand encounters with the gender gap in the classroom and the STEM industry as a female minority. As our team grows, we are putting increasing emphasis on the importance of spreading STEM throughout our community, especially as a veteran team with years of experience. Because of this, in addition to our outreach, we are able to incorporate learning, both within the team and outside our team by educating the community.
- We give demonstrations to current and future sponsors, connecting companies with robotics and STEM education. Sponsored companies use our name as a model team to increase their support for STEM and the FIRST competition.
- We give demonstrations at fairs, open-houses, and schools in order to introduce STEM and robotics to various areas in our community. We have given multiple demonstrations to elementary schools in order to inspire the younger generation to pursue STEM education.
- Gladiator Robotics: Gladiator Robotics recently started their FRC team in 2014, and we were able to offer help by lending mentors, supplies, and space, as well as aiding them with their registration process. Through their hard work and our help, they were able to win the 2015 Peachtree Judges Award.
- FLL Teams: FLL is the part of the FIRST program aimed at elementary school students. We mentor and give demonstrations to three FLL teams, the Shakerag RoboSharks, Falcon Botinators, and YTLC RoboElite, who focus on the progress of becoming future leaders.
- VEX Teams: We also mentor the WolveSteam Robotics VEX team and we offer our hands on experience, hinting on how to further develop their parts for the robots.
- We host our very own summer camp for a week for kids from all over the community every year. Over the course of the week, students learn to program in Java, and use that knowledge to control Lego Mindstorms robots. We started this program in 2013 and each camper gets the opportunity to work one-on-one and hands on with the leaders of the camp. We used to introduce a game modeled around an old VEX competition game and the kids group into four or five teams to produce their ideal design. Afterwards, the teams would test their robots in a contest of might. Recently, we have upgraded from VEX to Lego Mindstorms because Mindstorms supports using Java as the main programming language through the use of LeJos. This is better for our camp because our programming is mainly done in Java. So far, many kids who participated the summer camps have joined the Techno Titans.