Today a FIRST Season Launch took place at the MacMillan Space Center in Vancouver, and was opened to the public in order to raise awareness about FIRST programs. There were teachers, parents, returning teams, students, volunteers and other FIRST fanatics. There were booths and stations for all four FIRST programs and their new seasons: Boomtown Build for First Lego League Junior, City Shaper for First Lego League, Skystone for First Tech Challenge, and Infinite Recharge for First Robotics Competition.
There was a station for each of the four FIRST leagues. Kyoungjoo, Masiha, and I managed the station for FLL, where we taught children over grade four the basics of programming for EV3 using LabView. We showed them how to make their robot move forward, turn at right angles, and sense distance.
The FLL Jr station was managed by volunteers of the FIRST community. The FTC station was managed by Lulu, another member of the team, where she showcased our robot to the people walking by. Lastly, the FRC team 7796 - Breaker Robotics from Burnett Secondary in Richmond also volunteered their time in the FRC station, showcasing their own robot to everyone at the event.
Later on, during the FIRST Launch presentation, our team was asked to share about our experience at the World Championship in Houston, Texas, last April. I told the public how fun it was to meet people from other countries and make new friends there. It was inspiring to see what the other teams had come up with for their projects and robots.