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:

Little Cedars Science Fair

Snohomish, WA
March 15, 2016

Frank Wagner Science Fair

Monroe, WA
March 14, 2017

 

 

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.