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:

SOTAbots Workshop

Point Defiance Zoo
November 17th, 2018
We gave an hour presentation on 2930’s guides to Branding and Imagery and then opened the rest of time up for a questionnaire. We then continued to attend two other presentations about Media and Marketing. We left around noon due to our own fundraiser that we hosted.

Football Concessions

Redmond Microsoft Campus, Building 109
November 3rd, 2018
We ran one of the two concession stands at Glacier Peak’s playoff game at Veteran Memorial Stadium. The other stand, run by the Band, had a lack of people, so two of us went over to help them. Everything ran fairly smoothly; the most busy part was during halftime. We closed early in the Band station because of a lack of customers and popcorn/pizza. More items were sold than the amount we thought would be sold.

GPHS Homecoming Parade

Veteran Memorial Stadium at Snohomish High School
October 19th, 2018
We took part in the Glacier Peak Homecoming Parade during the halftime of its Homecoming football game, where clubs were allowed to present a display. We brought Risu and had it drive down the track while carrying a Power Cube. The robot battery had to be switched once before we started driving, because we turned it on too long before. We got several questions and compliments about our robot after the parade. August drove Risu to and from the event, and Brain O. took pictures from the stands. We were able to show fellow students a portion of the outcome of our work, and hopefully demonstrate how fun it is.

Microsoft Chili Cook-off and Tour

Redmond Microsoft Campus, Building 109
October 17th, 2018
Once at the Microsoft building, we were given a tour through the visitor center by some of the Microsoft employees. This tour gave some of the basic history of the past of Microsoft, what’s being worked on right now in Microsoft, and what Microsoft hopes to achieve in the future. We then got to test out some of these technologies. After that was over, we setup our display, demonstrated what our robot can do, and talked to the Microsoft employees attending the chili cook-off about what our team stands for, is working towards, and how they can get involved with FIRST.

SHS Club Fair

Snohomish High School
September27th, 2018
On this day the Squirrels participated in the Snohomish High School Club Fair, where clubs from the school congregate into the gym to display what their clubs are about. The team brought Risu Squee, the robot from the 2017-18 season, buttons, and flyers to hand out. Risu was driven to SHS by Mrs. Chavin’s van with the help of Mr. Wilson. The robot and supplies were stored in the basement of D building while not in use. The event was held during panther period. Team members started by setting up their booth and the robot. Students from the school then poured in to view all the clubs. Risu was not driven, only staged for safety reasons. Many came around to look at the robot and to ask about it. Buttons and flyers were not as popular but were still given out. After the fair had ended, club members cleaned up the booth and returned the robot to the basement of D building. After school the robot and supplies were driven back to GPHS by August. Overall, the event was successful, with no major issues, and we had about 5 people to sign up for the upcoming Tuesday meeting at GPHS.

GPHS Club Fair

Glacier Peak High School Commons
October 4th, 2018
We participated in Glacier Peak’s club fair by setting up a display of what our team is about during both lunches in the commons. We brought Risu, on the other side of the hall from our table, the programming laptop, 2018 buttons, and flyers telling about meeting times and contact information. By B lunch, the laptop had ran out of battery, and we weren’t near any outlet, so it was put away. A poster saying “Robotics Club” was taped to the front of our table. Our time was spent talking with students about what our team does, and handing out flyers to people who were interested. In the end, one person gave their signature for email reminders, but we were able to connect with many more.

Lake Washington STEM Fair

Lake Washington High School, Kirkland WA
September 22nd, 2018
We went to the Lake Washington STEM Fair, which was hosted by code purple team 5827. We helped code purple inform people about our teams, FRC, and FIRST. We showed off our robot, gave out buttons and lanyards and talked to those people interested, and got a tour of team 5827’s shop.

Football Concessions

Concession stands in Veteran Memorial Stadium at Snohomish High School
September 21st, 2018
The Sonic Squirrels were in charge of both concession stands at the football game on the 21st of September, at Snohomish High School. This meant we had to have about six people in each one, which for the most part allowed us to operate smoothly. Before the game, we were given instructions by the people supervising the stands. Generally, each person had an individual job to do, such as serving pizza. In one of the stands, a cash register was broken, so we only used it to store money when the lines were getting long. A few people asked who we were, and we explained our club briefly. The busiest part of the game was probably around halftime. Afterwards, we scooped the extra popcorn into a large trash bag and donated it to a student. It was fun to interact with the community, and gain some fundraiser money at the same time.

Student Start Up

ASB Hallway in Glacier Peak High School
August 21st-22nd, 2018
We set up a table in ASB hallway with the media laptop, Risu, and some flyers detailing upcoming meetings and Peak Performance. We also wrote this information on a poster that was put up behind us. The first day was more difficult than the second, because most of the students walking by were Juniors and Seniors who had probably already heard about the club several times. Nevertheless, we (mainly Max) managed to convince about seven or eight people to sign up for email reminders. On the second day, many more people stopped to talk to us and ask questions. This was mainly made up of Freshmen. Hoping to draw more attention to the video of Match 60 at the 2018 Glacier Peak competition, we turned the volume on. The announcer’s commentary made more people look at it than before, prompting more questions. In total, there were about 20 students who gave their emails, with twice the amount of people on the second day than the first.

Boeing Family Day

Everett Boeing Facility
August 19th, 2018
The Bear Bots and us as well as an FTC team (417?) and a FLL team worked a booth together at Boeing Family Day in Everett. We gave out all the buttons and Event Passes we had a lot of flyers. We ran Hugo with the Bear Bots’ Arial Asist Robot in a roped off area and the FTC and FLL robots where on display and some kids where allowed to play with the FLL robots. Hifi got to walk around and got so many hugs and pictures. For once we didn’t even break the robot.

Mini Maker Faire

Seattle MoPOP
August 18th-19th, 2018
We had a booth at the fair where we showed off our robot and answered questions to visitors and other makers. Hifi walked around the fair to get pictures with the kids and some of the other people in costumes. It was very crowded so most of the time we didn’t drive the robot around but we did drive it around a bit in an open space at the end of the day when it was a little less packed. There where some other FRC and FTC teams near us at the Fair as well.

Summer Academy Week 4

Centennial Middle School
July 21, 2018
We hosted the week four Robot Revolution camp at Snohomish Summer Academy. We broke the kids into 6 groups and they worked on the activities set aside for us with the mindstrorm robots. First they built the bot from the instructions, then we introduced the programming by having them try to go exactly 217cm forward using the rotations function. After that we introduced sensors, with some activities designed around the ultrasonic sensor, and finally we worked with arms in an FLL inspired game with ping pong balls. At the end we showed off Risu to the kids and explained to the a little about FIRST, FRC, and FLL. Most of the kids had a great time, behaved well, and hopefully learned a lot.

Snohomish Book Café

Snohomish
July 21, 2018
We arrived at the load-up location and waited until the parade started. We handed out candy and buttons to children on the way. Hifi ran across the street and back again many times to say hello to people, including giving high-fives. Many people seemed excited about our team, and it was very fun to drive Risu down the street. We also held a banner with the team name and logo on it, and anyone not carrying anything made sure to dance when they heard familiar tunes. This also occurred when there was no music playing. Hopefully we were able to familiarize people with our team.

Kla-Ha-Ya Days Parade

Snohomish
July 21, 2018
We arrived at the load-up location and waited until the parade started. We handed out candy and buttons to children on the way. Hifi ran across the street and back again many times to say hello to people, including giving high-fives. Many people seemed excited about our team, and it was very fun to drive Risu down the street. We also held a banner with the team name and logo on it, and anyone not carrying anything made sure to dance when they heard familiar tunes. This also occurred when there was no music playing. Hopefully, we were able to familiarize people with our team.

Summer Academy Week 3

Centennial Middle School
July 16-19, 2018
We worked as helpers for Caleb Eleffson, a teacher at Snohomish High School, in his summer academy class called Robot Revolution. There, we aided elementary/middle school students for four days while they built and programmed Lego Mindstorms. In the class, there were seventeen boys and one girl. The kids were divided into six teams of three each on the first day, and were given various challenges for their robots to complete. In addition to class time, we supervised the students during breakfast, recess, and lunch, in that order. On the evening of the third day, the summer academy hosted a Family Night, where parents or relatives of the kids could come and see what had been accomplished in the classes. Trent and Ryan set up a station for this event, and showed people (mainly children) how to use and program a Lego Mindstorm robot. On the third and fourth days, August helped a separate class that was programming with Scratch. Some students did very well with the challenges, while others struggled more. Overall, it was a really enjoyable event where we got to teach them about STEM and how it can be fun.

Boys and Girls Club

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

For four days we taught kids from third grade through sixth grade engineering skills, programming, and sportsmanship. We helped the kids make and use Lego Mindstorms to accomplish task we created using FLL board, map and game pieces. We also showed off our robot and mascot to all the kids in the Boys and Girls club.

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
We arrived at the load-up location and waited until the parade started. We handed out candy and buttons to children on the way. Hifi ran across the street and back again many times to say hello to people, including giving high-fives. Many people seemed excited about our team, and it was very fun to drive Risu down the street. We also held a banner with the team name and logo on it, and anyone not carrying anything made sure to dance when they heard familiar tunes. This also occurred when there was no music playing. Hopefully we were able to familiarize people with our team.

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.