For over a decade, Naval Data Warfare Methods Command (NAVWAR) and Naval Data Warfare Middle (NWIC) Pacific have been premier helps of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Know-how (FIRST) Robotics by teaching groups of college students taking part in the assorted FIRST robotics challenges.
This yr, NAVWAR is taking part in 4 totally different FIRST leagues: FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Probe for ages six to 10, FLL Problem for ages 9 to 14, FIRST Tech Problem (FTC) for ages 12 to 18 and FIRST Robotics Competitors (FRC) for ages 14 to 18.
NAVWAR helps native FIRST tournaments by internet hosting informational workshops about science, expertise, engineering and arithmetic (STEM) outreach, selling volunteer alternatives to workers and offering coaching to volunteering judges and referees at FIRST tournaments. As well as, NAVWAR co-hosts their very own FLL Problem match yearly with FRC staff #2543 ‘TitanBot’ at Eastlake Excessive Faculty (EHS), the place a median of 60 NAVWAR and NWIC Pacific volunteers assist decide or referee video games and supply cool Navy demonstrations on-web site.
As a result of of the COVID-19 pandemic, NAVWAR gained’t be internet hosting their very own match this yr, however will nonetheless be supporting native tournaments with LEGO mannequin constructing classes. An estimated 48 NAVWAR and NWIC Pacific volunteers constructed round 150 LEGO fashions and robotic obstacles that can be used at upcoming native FLL Problem tournaments. With no construct expertise required, this was a enjoyable means for workers to get out of the workplace and become involved with STEM outreach throughout their lunch break.
FLL Problem is a world-broad program that exposes college students ages 9 to 14 to actual-world engineering challenges and software program programming methods by way of the creation of LEGO robots. The groups compete in 4 areas: core values (teamwork), analysis venture, robotic design/programming and the robotic sport.
The theme for this yr’s FLL Problem competitors is “Cargo Join,” the place groups will re-think about quicker, extra dependable, inclusive and sustainable transportation improvements that higher join and develop economies world wide. FIRST groups will deal with in the present day’s international challenges associated to United Nations Sustainable Improvement Aim #9, targeted on constructing resilient infrastructure, selling inclusive and sustainable industrialization and fostering innovation. The competitors will consist of 16 missions the robotics staff might select to try in every 2 ½ minute robotic match. Solely the rating from the most effective of three matches can be counted. This yr’s native FLL Problem tournaments will fluctuate from hybrid in-individual to totally digital, with 14 NAVWAR groups taking part in the competitors.
STEM robotics outreach coordinators, Brian Williams and Wanda Curtis, have been the lead organizers for native NAVWAR/NWIC Pacific FIRST volunteer outreach for the previous six years. Curtis has been concerned with FIRST since organizing the primary NAVWAR FLL Problem at EHS in 2009. Though this yr’s volunteer outreach efforts are wanting totally different as a result of of security precautions, they’re nonetheless working arduous to help the robotics group and get NAVWAR and NWIC Pacific workers concerned.
“Even with every thing taking place with COVID-19, NAVWAR and NWIC Pacific haven’t stopped with our STEM outreach,” stated Curtis. “Though we weren’t capable of host our personal match this yr, I’m thrilled to see volunteers nonetheless serving to out with native competitions and offering thrilling and significant STEM experiences for hundreds of college students.”
Shifting ahead, NAVWAR and NIWC Pacific stay devoted to STEM outreach, regardless of the impediment. From teaching groups to constructing fashions, NAVWAR’s volunteer workforce will proceed to offer thrilling STEM experiences for college students all through San Diego.
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