Outreach

When the Sonic Squirrels aren’t building robots – they are building relationships in the community, striving to inspire a passion for STEM and provide service to others.

Here’s what we’ve been up to:

Upcoming:

Boys and Girls Club

The Alderwood Boys and Girls club
July 9-12, 2018

Summer Academy Week 3

Centennial Middle School
July 16-19, 2018

Kla-Ha-Ya Days Parade

Snohomish
July 21, 2018

Summer Academy Week 4

Centennial Middle School
July 23-26, 2018

FLL Kickoff

Glacier Peak High School
August 1, 2018

Mini Maker Fair

Museum of Pop Culture
August 18-19, 2018

Past Outreaches:

Field day Fundraiser

Glacier Peak High School
June 1, 2018
We set up a table outside the commons and sold root beer floats during the school’s Field Day. We made a plan for there to be rotations of three people at a time working at the stand, each rotation being about twenty minutes long. Unfortunately, Madison was the only one there with a food handler’s permit, so she stayed at the table for the full hour and a half. Also, about halfway through, Hifi came out to greet people, and even signed some yearbooks. 253 root beer floats were sold, and 270 tickets (each worth one dollar) were collected. It was very fun, as we got to connect with the entire student body for a change.

Valley View Club Fair

Glacier Peak High School Auxiliary Gym
May 25, 2018
We participated in the presentation of Glacier Peak’s clubs to incoming freshmen from Valley View Middle School. We were given a sign-up sheet for them to give their names and emails. We brought Risu and Hugo, which may have been a mistake, because we had limited space at and around our table. The media laptop played one of our Glacier Peak matches on replay, which was used to help describe what competitions are like. Max gave a brief description of our team to the eighth graders, and Taschen photographed throughout. Also, many buttons were distributed. There were three shifts of students that came, and we were able to talk to them about the club and answer questions. By the end, we had about 30 total people list their names, and about 20 people sign up with their emails. It was a good recruiting opportunity.

Everett Children’s Museum

Everett Children’s Museum
May 19, 2018
The 4512 BearBots and us were in the discovery lab at the museum and the kids had a lot of fun. We worked really well with the BearBots, they brought two smaller robots that the kids could drive, and we had the repaired Risu playing fetch with them. We had a lot of parents that where interested in FIRST and we were able to get their contact info so we can email them some more information. Overall it was very successful, the kids had a lot fun, we got great photos, we got to interact with 4512, and we informed the community about FIRST.

Night of the Arts

Glacier Peak High School
May 17, 2018
We set up a table and small area in the Glacier Peak cafeteria, and drove Risu around during the school’s Night of the Arts event. During the first part of the night, not many people stopped to watch, and we were asked to stop driving the robot while people were performing on the stage next to us (we were too loud). However, towards the end of the event, many people came to watch Risu and ask us questions. At some point during this portion, too much pressure was put on the VersaFrame intake crossbar, and it snapped completely apart between two brackets. On the bright side, we got to talk to many children, and Risu got to interact with them as well. It was a good outreach.

Robot Rally

Snohomish Library
May 12, 2018
Risu was brought to the Robot Rally at the Snohomish Library! We had some interest, as there were other robots that also took kids’ attention. Team 2903 the Neo-Bots was also there, and we worked together to stack cubes on top of each other. The Neo-Bots also caught a cube we dropped midair! We took a picture of Hi-Fi reading a book about squirrels while we were there.

Shoreline STEM Fair

Shoreline Community College
May 5, 2018
Overall, the event went really well. There were 3 other FRC teams present, 949, 3070, and 7118. We had a minigame in which we did a relay race, which went really well for us, and we were able to do a cube exchange maneuver that we call the Wolverine-Squirrel maneuver.

Special Olympics WA Snohomish Track and Field Event

Snohomish High School
April 29, 2018
This was a very informal event relative to most others we participate in. Cordelia wore Squirrel attire and was a results runner, sending the information from races to the awards booth. Ryan was a marshal, and led divisions to and from their events. It was really fun to watch each event; everyone competing put in great effort. We also got to interact with the competitors and other volunteers, which was a highlight. Each person was very enthusiastic and friendly, and it was a joy to be a part of.

Totem Falls Science Fair

Totem Falls Elementary School
April 18, 2018
We brought Hugo and Risu to show to children and parents at the science fair. Many children seemed interested in the robots, and interacted with us. Adults did this as well. We managed to hand out a LOT of buttons, and talk to people about what FIRST is and what the Sonic Squirrels do. Several kids were so engrossed with the robots that they repeatedly moved toward them, even when Risu tried to herd them away to a safer distance. In addition to this, Trent, Ryan, and Mr. Hayashi judged some of the students’ science projects. We possibly gained a lot of interest from the younger audiences, so it was a very fun and productive event.

Preview the Peak

Glacier Peak High School
February 22, 2018
We joined other clubs and teams from Glacier Peak in setting up tables to show incoming freshmen what the school community is like. We brought the Steamworks robot and drove it through the commons, as well as the Power Up competition robot, which stayed in its bag. Hifi walked around the room, greeting people with high-fives. Overall, we were able to talk to many incoming students, hopefully gaining interest in the process.

Phillips Day

Phillips Healthcare building in Bothell
February 21, 2018
We went to the Philips Healthcare location in Bothell for their Engineering Day, where various FIRST teams in the area set up booths and displayed their robots. Later in the day, Matthew O’Donnell, a bioengineering professor at the University of Washington, gave a presentation on engineering. After this, the teams returned to the gymnasium where the booths were set up and participated in a competition to create the most effective hydraulic system using some simple parts. For the record, Gabe’s team won. During the beginning of the day, we talked to several teams and individuals about the Sonic Squirrels. This event was a great way to share our robot and spirit with others.

Future Ready Education Expo

Valley View Middle School
January 10, 2018
This event was hosted by our school district to support a levy which would increase school funding for technology. For this event, we brought 3 robots. Our 2017 robot, Aluminati’s 2017 robot, and a robot from an offseason build project from earlier that year. Overall the event went very well. We did have to take the main breaker off of the practice bot for the Aluminati robot, however other than that, the event went very smoothly.

Boy Scouts Robotics Merit Badges

Horseshoe Grange, Snohomish
November 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017
We went to Phillip’s former Boy Scout troop to teach them the robotics merit badge. Over the course of four weeks, we taught them three of the seven requirements that we could: Safety, Industry, and General Knowledge. The remainder were up to them to build and test a robot, go to a competition (we plugged our Week 4 event), and research a few careers in the industry.

Microsoft Chili Cookoff

Microsoft Campus
October 26, 2017
We arrived at the Microsoft Campus in the morning. We then were taken on a tour of the Cyber Defense Operations Center (CDOC). After that, we set up our robot to display during the cookoff. The department hosting the event had multiple crock-pots of chili. The employees were all very interested in what we did, talking to us extensively about FRC, FIRST, and our team.

Student Start Up

Glaicer Peak High School
August 23-24, 2017
We manned a booth at our school’s start-up days to raise interest and awareness for our team. Our “booth” contained two posters, and an interest form for students to write their name, grade, E-mail, and Phone number. By the second day we had added small quarter sheets with team info on them, as well as and FLL sign-up sheet for younger children, and even a couple videos running on the Media Laptop.

Summer Camp

Alderwood Boys and Girls Club
July 24-27, 2017
Over our four days at the Club we helped to coach 5 teams of students in a FLL-esque robot game. Throughout the week we taught the kids about Cooperation, Gracious Professionalism, Programing, and Teamwork, even having some time to play a few fun games. On the final day of the week we brought in our Steamworks robot and our mascot Hi-Fi to visit the club. By the end of the week the winning team was nothing but obvious, with a score in the quadruple digits, Team Work, came out on top despite having only 1 member.

Skyfair

Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum
July 22, 2017
We got there far earlier than we needed to, which ended up working out because then some of the docents came over and talked with us. During the event, many people came and talked to us. The kids loved putting the gear back in the robot. Our robot was seen to wave at the kids by opening and closing the gear mechanism, which was enjoyed.

Kla Ha Ya Days

Snohomish, WA
July 15, 2017

Field Day

Glacier Peak High School
June 13, 2017
We sold root beer and orange soda floats at our school’s
field day Friday June, 13 th . We were outside and we were
able to speak with many students at our school. We
gained lots of interest during this time.

Little Cedars Science Fair

Snohomish, WA
March 15, 2017
We brought our practice robot to the Little Cedars science fair to show off and educate students about what FIRST is all about.

Frank Wagner Science Fair

Monroe, WA
March 14, 2017
We brought our practice robot to the Frank Wagner science fair to show off and educate students about what FIRST is all about.

Robot Display

Totem Falls Elementary School
March 14, 2017
We brought our robot to the elementary school near our high school. We showed some of the pneumatic operated functions of our robot as well as some driving. We also brought our mascot Hifi to the display and he was able to meet and greet some of the children.

Curriculum Night

Glacier Peak High School
February 23, 2017
“We were the flashiest set-up; we had music and lights. Showed off the robot until the pneumatics almost blew. Accidentally participated in the flash mob, and we did a pretty decent job at interesting future freshmen into joining the team. The robot also went around and bugged the STEM and Drama clubs, because they’re cool and we like them.” – Clarisse Y.
Jokes aside our team had fun showing possible new school attendees our team and what we do and trying to get them involved in stem.

FIRST Day

Olympia, Washington
January 16, 2017
The Squirrels attended FIRST day in Olympia to meet with members of the house & senate to discuss funding for FIRST. Last year we received $700’000 for FIRST programs and this year FIRST would like 1.5 million to go towards FIRST teams enabling us to start programs at 50% more schools reaching 50% more students. Our appointments included visiting John Lovick, Mark Harmsworth, and Steve Hobbs in their offices to thank them, explain what FIRST Robotics is, and ask for them to support the 3 million bi-annual amount. We met governor Jay Inslee in his office foyer for a photo op as well. We brought our robot and mascot to display FIRST programs to the public.

FRC Kickoff

Mountlake Terrace High School
January 10, 2017
Our team was invited to attend the 2017 FRC Kickoff where the Steamworks game was announced. We met with 10 or more teams and had breakout strategy sessions to discuss in small groups some ideas for how to tackle the game. Brent actually led one of the breakout sessions, and it was a good way to meet with other teams and work on some simple strategic ways to go after this years challenge. Our team’s social media challenge video was also featured. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/8y16L8VTgW4

 

Italian Dinner and a Show

Glacier Peak High School
December 10, 2016
One of our favorite fundraisers of the year, the Sonic Squirrels were host to many family, friends, and community members for our annual Italian dinner. We served salad and pasta while entertaining the audience with stories from the past year. Tables enjoyed gourmet desserts (the best ones going to the table who offered to pay for first choice) donated by generous parents and local businesses. Finally, our guests enjoyed the Glacier Peak’s performance of Romeo and Juliet as part of a partnership with the GP drama club.

FLL Regional Event Host

Glacier Peak High School
December 3-4, 2017
This was our third year hosting an FLL Regional competition. We worked side by side with the FIRST WA team to make sure all the kids had a great time. Our team was responsible for set up and clean up of the school, and we provided a number of volunteers for the event. We enjoyed showing the younger kids our robot and encouraged which encouraged them to keep on the path to STEM.

FLL Mannequin Challenge

Girls Generation

Tahoma, WA
October 22, 2016
The girls took center stage at this year’s Girls Generation, hosted by our friends Bear Metal. It was a great opportunity for some of the girls to get their hands on the controls as well as troubleshoot some connection issues. Best of all, when some of the Seniors needed to leave early for the Homecoming Dance, their spots were covered by girls at our sister school, Snohomish and the Aluminati team.

 

Geek Girls Con

Seattle Convention Center Annex
Saturday and Sunday October 8th and 9th, 2016
We loaded in Saturday with an EV3 Mindstorm to demo it in our booth since there wasn’t a large enough place to demo one of our FRC Robots. We spent Saturday and Sunday spreading talking about FIRST as a part of STEM to anyone who stopped by and were interested and passed out flyers with all the information on FIRST Lego League, FIRST Tech Challenge, and FIRST Robotics Competition and if they were an adult, we spoke to them on how they could still volunteer and mentor teams. It was fantastic since on Saturday Reign (an all-girls FRC team) had a panel on Saturday and the Bearded Pineapples (FTC team) and another team were floating around the convention on both days, with a both to demo their FTC robot. We gave out our team pins as well, passing out all of our Recycle Rush ones we had brought and most of the Stronghold pins we had leftover.

Homecoming Parade

October 21, 2016

Chill out round table

September 24, 2016

EMP Mini Maker’s Faire

Seattle Convention Center Annex
September 17th and 18th, 2016
Returning to the EMP Museum, we brought our Stronghold robot to showcase the importance of FIRST Robotics to the public. The robot attracted many interested children, many of whom were ecstatic to play with catch. We also explained the programs for younger kids to the parents, and many of them took our handout, which included the dates and locations of upcoming events. Alongside the robot, we had footage from the Glacier Peak event playing, which caught the attention of many parents, and intrigued the passing engineers and programmers, many of whom said that they wished they had a program like FIRST when they were in school. From time to time, Hi-Fi the Squirrel would venture out into the world and inspect the various booths, and even got to ride a 7-ton walking machine!

FLL Washington Kickoff

September 17, 2016

Peak Performance

September 10, 2016

GPHS Startup days

August 23-24, 2016

SkyFair

July 30, 2016

Klahaya Days Parade

July 16, 2016

Alderwood Boys and Girls Club Camp

July 11-14, 2016

Independence Day 2 Promotion

June 24, 2016

Senior Versus Staff Game

Glacier Peak High School
June 7th, 2016
Showing up on the court at half time, we brought the Stronghold robot to attempt to make baskets. The robot was set up to aim, and the crowd was waiting to see whether or not the metal contraption on the court would be able to play basketball. When the first ball made it into the basket, the crowd cheered and applauded, and continued their cheering as the robot continued to score baskets. After the robot finished its perfect streak of baskets, it turned and “waved” to the crowd, and drove off of the court. Afterwards, the Squirrels answered questions from the curious students and adults about the robot, and even questions about robotics in general.

Field Day Floats

June 3, 2016

GPHS Club Fair

May 27, 2016

Day Of Hope

May 14, 2016

Night of the Arts

Glacier Peak High School
May 5th, 2016
Among the art clubs and the fundraisers, we set up our pit. Handing out buttons and pamphlets to three-year-olds and to grandparents we showed off our team to the school’s community. The younger ones loved our robot shooting off the boulders, catching them and having them shoot off over and over. Our school loved having us to show the tech side of arts to paint a holistic view of the school.