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Viking Robotics
FRC Team 2928

Promoting FIRST

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Our team works to promote FIRST in our community by attending various local events such as the annual Norwegian Syttende Mai Parade. In the 2011 parade our Logomotion robot won the award for best motorized entry.

Additionally, we have displayed our robot at many elementary science fairs. Not only does this spread knowledge of FIRST in our community, it also encourages elementary-age students to pursue interests in science and engineering.

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Other FRC Teams

One of the central ideas of FIRST is that experienced teams should help rookie teams. Viking Robotics fully embraces this ideal and we have helped several local rookie teams, most recently from Nathan Hale High School and Ingraham High School. We invite rookie teams to attend one of our meetings where we show them our robots and introduce them to the various aspects of FIRST. If you are a member of a rookie team in the Seattle area and would like us to assist you, you can contact our team coach at cdnielsen@seattleschools.org.

Mentoring FLL Teams

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Viking Robotics is involved with several local First Lego League teams. First Lego League, or FLL, is the FIRST competition for ages 9-14 and involves completing a set of challenges using Lego robotics kits. Recently, we have worked with FLL teams from Salmon Bay School, St. Alphonsus Parish School, and John Hay Elementary. Typically we send 1-3 student mentors to these schools twice a week for 3-hour sessions. Our mentors teach them the basics of programming and how to function as a design team. Ultimately, it is an exchange of learning and our mentors benefit from it as well.

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Hosting an FLL Regional

On Saturday December 7th and 8th, 2013 we hosted an FLL regional at Ballard High School. Our entire team worked from 7AM to 5PM setting up, selling concessions, assisting the judges, resetting the playing fields, and cleaning up. Not only did we run the FLL competition but we also gave the younger kids a chance to drive our robot and encouraged them to stay involved in FIRST programs after they move on from elementary and middle school. The event was a huge success and a great experience for all the FLL teams involved.

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