The Chapin School FLL Scrimmage
Manhattan – 16 December, 2017
The Chapin School is an all-girls K-12 school in Manhattan. For 5 years now, their FLL team has hosted a scrimmage for teams from other schools to compete in before the FLL qualifiers. This helps with practicing Gracious Professionalism, Coopertition, and of course, it helps to refine their Lego robots. The girls from 2TrainRobotics made their way to Chapin in order to judge robot games, as well as Project and Core Values presentations.
2Train works to spread the message of FIRST and to strengthen its force wherever the team goes. The scrimmage began with opening remarks and the teacher who runs the robotics division at Chapin went through the rundown of the day. He then opened the floor to 2Train and five members of the team presented a short video introducing FRC and the importance of women in STEM. The team held a short Q&A with the hundreds of kids at the scrimmage and talked about the opportunities FRC opened up for them. Members of 2Train were then split to judge the robot games for this years FLL game HydroDynamics and the project and Core Value presentations, helping to improve their public speaking and innovative skills.
Bronx – 23 November, 2017
2TrainRobotics visited the Trinity Episcopal Church in the Bronx to serve food to the less fortunate on Thanksgiving. Teammates gave up their family time to devote their time to serving the community. They spent time with the pastor and made new friends with the other volunteers present.
2Train is not all mechanics and engineering but also serving the community that helped them bloom as individuals. Many students live in the Bronx, a borough that’s been the heart of 2Train for nearly 20 years, and often return to soup kitchens, churches, and community centers to give back. This Thanksgiving a few team members went to theTrinity Episcopal Church to serve the homeless and needy a hearty meal, with turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, slices of pie, and drinks. The pastor and other participants of the church were kind and helpful people. It was an absolutely heartwarming experience to see so many come out to help others in their time of need.
Co-Op City College Fair
Bronx – 7 October, 2017
2Train spent the day at Dreiser Loop Community Center in the Bronx to participate in Co-Op City’s 6th annual college fair. Kids of all ages test drove our robot around the gymnasium as members explained how it was built and what each part is for. Two team members were invited to present to the families the opportunities robotics and FIRST can offer.
This year we played several robot games with the kids. We set up an obstacle course through the gym with the goal being to place a gear on the peg. We also brought out Stronghold boulders to play robo-soccer, with the kids driving the robot and the team members chasing after it. Later in the day, we held a skit including the robot for the kids to watch, ultimately joining in at the end. Team members hosted a presentation describing the importance of women in STEM, as well as the endless opportunities that come with being involved in engineering and FIRST.
The Makerfaire at the New York City Hall of Science
Queens – 23 September, 2017
2TrainRobotics spent a sunny Saturday with the hundreds of kids who attended the MakerFaire playing with the teams Steamworks competition robot. 2Train worked alongside team 1796 Robotigers, team 2579 Robodogs, and team 5943 Carmel Robotics.
Members of 2Train Robotics lugged batteries, posterboards, chargers, and a robot to the New York City Hall of Science to spend the weekend introducing young minds to robots and FIRST. The teams that attended took turns placing gears on pegs and shooting fuel into the crowd. Kids lined up to drive 2Train’s robot around and work to drop gears at various locations. Members answered all sorts of questions about how one would build a robot or how to start a team, to if the robots would battle to the death.
Manhattan – 5 August, 2017
2TrainRobotics was invited to present at the Intrepid Science Festival, down by Hell’s Kitchen in Manhattan. They set up a booth with a tent to hide from the blazing sun and set out for a full day of talking about the benefits of robotics and the opportunities brought by FIRST.
Team members arrived early in the morning and set up their station with the robot charged up and ready for a day of driving. Members were accompanied by two other FRC teams: team 1796 Robotigers, and team 2016 The Mighty Monkey Wrenches, and it was a blast. Throughout the day, the teams alternated displaying the robots to the excited kids while the others took breaks to explore the vast museum. Towards the afternoon, the teams coordinated a miniature version of FIRST Stronghold in order to give visitors a better grasp of what FIRST does. Of course, 2Train encouraged kids to learn how to drive the robot as well as all the mechanics involved in building and designing a robot. Members explained the use of the motors and certain mechanisms on the robot, and after the mini lesson was over, kids had loads of fun driving around the robotics area of the Intrepid. Many said it was the first time they’d ever seen such a big robot, and were excited to be able to manipulate it so easily.
Columbia Alumni Association
Manhattan – 11 June, 2017
2TrainRobotics was invited to attend the second annual Columbia Alumni Association Family STEM Expo at Columbia University, our sponsor and home base for all things robotics. We operated a booth and opened up an obstacle course for the kids to complete.
2TrainRobotics presented alongside many interactive booths involving dentistry, astronomy, medication, robotics, networking, and more. Astronaut Mike Massimino was this year’s guest speaker. He discussed his experiences in space and fueled many children’s aspirations to reach for the stars. After, the children flooded our booth to test drive our robot. We set up an obstacle course using boxes and cones, with the end goal being to place a gear on a peg.The kids asked how we were able to build such a big robot in just six weeks, and the parents, seeing their child’s interest, fervently asked for ways to integrate robotics into their elementary schools. We recommended starting FLL and FLLjr. teams, to work up to the robots built in FRC when the kids become high schoolers.
Super Saturday STEM Expo
Manhattan – 20 May, 2017
2TrainRobotics has been part of the Super Saturday STEM Expo for several years now, participating in the engineering division of STEM. This year we set up an obstacle course and kids took turns driving through the maze.
There may not be many obstacles, but maneuvering the robot through them proved to be challenging for kids and team members alike. Team members would kneel by the robot and explain what the different parts helped our robot do, such as the climbers that would go up a rope, or the grabbers that held and released gears. Many kids wanted to know why we built our robot, and team members launched into the story of FIRST and described what FRC is as well as what is involved in build season and competition. At the end, each child and their parent knew how to enter or start a team at their school.
Super Saturday STEM Expo
Manhattan – 21 May, 2016
2TrainRobotics participated in the 8th annual Super Saturday STEM Expo, presenting the robot from 2016 Stronghold. kids and parents engaged in a game of soccer with the robot, shooting boulders into a marked goal.
Stronghold was the year of robo-soccer for 2Train, and so team members taught groups of eager kids how to drive the robot, as well as how to grab and shoot the grey foam ball. After a crash course in robot driving, a team member would enter the arena and try to block the robot from scoring.
Staten Island – 28 April, 2016
The Port Authority was hosting a take-your-kid-to-work day and naturally, 2TrainRobotics offered to be a part of their presentations and activities section. Three members of 2Train set up a complex obstacle course and created several games where kids would drive the robot. The kids were jumping up with questions and the team answered them with equal enthusiasm.
2Train arrived at the Port Authority with the robot driving in the front doors and through the main halls. Employees poked their heads out of their cubicles to see a stout robot for FRC’s Steamworks chugging through the hall, waving two handles as though saying hello. The robot had driven through the building out to the lot where kids were busy painting flower pots and investigating the firetrucks set up outside. Kids crowded around asking a question per second regarding the robot, its purpose, how it was built, what is its name, and so on. As teammates answered each question, the course was being set up. Teammates took their places, one on the court acting as a moving barrier, the other answering questions, and the third explaining how to use the joystick and controllers to the kids. When the day came to a close and the kids were getting ready to leave, the robot waved its handles goodbye.
Trinity Episcopal Church of Morrisania
South Bronx – 18 November, 2014
On Tuesday the 18th of November 2014, 2Train Robotics had team members from Morris High School and from Columbia Secondary School attend a charity event for Trinity Episcopal Church of Morrisania in the South Bronx.
After everyone had eaten dinner, 2Train presented two wired, remote-controlled robots to the children that were there. The children were able to have hands-on experience with the robots exploring its construction and learning the mathematics and science involved. Getting kids connected with robotics was such a rewarding experience.