Outreach

Check out all our community outreach events!

Past Community Events


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MindSplash FLL Kickoff

Team R Factor (FRC Team 6024), along with Team Pangaea (FRC Team 6813), hosted MindSplash. School students from grades 5-10 took part in this FLL kickoff event. The event was hosted for more than 35 teams and about 200 students from various schools. The goal of the event was to enhance their understanding about FLL challenges and motivate them to participate in the FIRST Lego League.

The day started off with each team being assigned a mentor. Inspired by the year’s FLL Hydrodynamics Challenge, the participants were given the following tasks:

  1. Understand the human water cycle.
  2. List down the various components of the human water cycle.
  3. List the problems in each components of the human water cycle.
  4. Choose a problem and come up with the solution for it.
  5. Create a presentation/model/drawing representing the solution.
  6. Present your idea to the judges.

December 10th, 2017
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STIR

STIR, or Science, Technology, Innovation, & Robotics, was an initiative contributing to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan. Team R Factor invited children aged between 9 and 19 years to build a robot to clean India.

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Children for Change

Team R Factor ran Children for Change, an initiative to spread awareness about Robotics, STEM, and Safety - to the students from grades 5-12. We introduced them to robotics and gave them a platform to ideate and prototype ideas for projects that could help improve our community. This program constituted of a logic test, an Ideathon, robot-build session, and a drone challenge. CFC not only tested a student's knowledge but also their creativity, tenacity, and sheer nerve.

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WiSTEM

We invited students, including first timer enthusiasts, to build a robot to clean India. Our goal as a team was not only to build robots, but also to create a community that can bring about a change to the rest of the world and to create awareness about robotics and spread our love for it. WiSTEM help us do so, especially amongst women.

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Maker Mela

Team R Factor participated in the Maker Mela to spread awareness about FIRST and STEM. We also displayed an RFI (Road Felon Identification) project developed by one of our alumni. The project was presented at Intel IRIS and Maker Mela, where it won the Public Choice Award.

The RFI uses RFID systems for sustaining an automated traffic control system and works on the principle of scanning RFID tags through RFID scanners placed on traffic signals. Given that the Indian government made it mandatory for all cars to have RFID tags, this idea is definitely implementable.

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IIT TechFest

Techfest is the annual science and technology festival of Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. A few members of team R-Factor participated and won 1st Prize in the Innovation Challenge at the IIT-B Annual TechFest demanding the use of Technology to solve everyday problem. They developed a vacuum cleaning system for train coaches called “Swacch Express” which has also impressed top train officials struggling to keep bogies and premises clean, and it even attracted the attention of railway minister Mr. Suresh Prabhu.

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Asha for Education

Asha for Education is an NGO that has been working for underprivileged children since 2001. Team R Factor conducted an outreach event on 28th October 2017 for the underprivileged children, educating them about STEM. The purpose of the event was to help the children and strengthen their opportunity to learn more and enlighten them about STEM, and was alsos an initiative to spread awareness to the kids and help them to get more knowledge about the subject.

October 28th, 2017
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Beaumonde Towers

Team R Factor teamed up with the Kids' Techie Club to host an awareness program at the Beaumonde Towers in Mumbai to promote STEM. Kids from various age groups were thrilled and eager to take part in this event for an opportunity to learn more about robotics. The younger kids were given a LEGO® Mindstorms with an NXT set to construct an inchworm robot, with the help of a guide. The older kids were taught aeromodelling, in which they had to build a airplane from Styrofoam sheets with the help of glue, tape etc.

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Shiksha Sankalp

Shiksha Sankalp is a Mumbai NGO. The kids from the NGO were very interested to learn more about robotics from Team RFactor. It was their annual day and their teachers and principal were present too. The children were very fascinated by our FIRST Global Challenge robot as it was one of the first real life robots that they had seen in their entire lives. The were also amazed by the 2 robots that played soccer. The children and teachers had lots of questions about how the robots worked, and we answered with pleasure.

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Vagad PACE Global School

To spread awareness 9 members from Team R Factor visited a the Vagad PACE Global School outside Mumbai and gave a 2 hour presentation about the various popular robotics competitions, such as FLL, FRC, and WRO. There were approximately 40 students and most of them had no experience with robotics. After with talking about the competitions we even gave them a small tutorial on LEGO® Mindstorms. Due to the heavy student requests, we also demoed our FRC 2017 robot as well as the RoboSoccer robot made by Hitansh, Jai and Tanay. During the presentation many students asked questions and were keenly interested to learn much more.

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WRO Nationals

Happy Engineers Day! It was great spending the day with future engineers at the WRO National Competition in Ahmedabad today. Our mentors were super impressed by some great innovations by the kids at the WRO. Also the mentors spent the day interacting with teams and coaches from Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad spreading the awareness of FIRSt programs- Jr FLL, FLL FTC and FRC. We look forward to many more FIRST teams from India in the coming year. Here’s to starting a revolution of STEM. ... a revolution of FIRST!

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Automation Expo

Over 150k footfalls, more than 50 mentors ready to join, 200+ companies interested in sponsoring and helping us spread STEM education across India. The Automation Expo 2018, held in Mumbai, was an incredible experience and an eye-opening opportunity. Team R Factor interacted with the greatest tech minds in India, and in the process gained insight into opportunities for improvement and ways in which we can continue to make a difference. The support and encouragement given by every single visitor was overwhelming and will help us grow a lot in various aspects. We managed to seek help in aspects like getting new and more efficient parts, student mentors, technical mentors, resources and funds. Most importantly, participating in the Automation Expo reaffirmed our motivation to keep up our hard work. Thank you for the encouragement and support!

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Mahindra & Mahindra Plant Visit

Indian car manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra invited Team R Factor to their car production plant in Chakan, Maharashtra for a tour around their facilities.
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It was an incredible learning experience for all of us on the team, and we left the plant with new knowledge and enthusiasm for technology and automation. As a robotics team, seeing the practical real life application of robotics filled us with a sense of complete awe, and gratitude to you, for giving us this opportunity. Special thanks to Ms. Preeti Sahu, Mr. Rajesh Dubey, Mr. Shridhar B and Mr. Sunny Lopez for going out of their way to make this trip truly special. From the press shop and the body shop to the assembly line, seeing robots work perfectly in sync was mesmerizing. Also inspiring was the amount of standardization that we saw in the XUVs and KUVs and the organization and cleanliness of all the facilities at the state -of-the art plant. Implementing the safety and production management techniques we saw at Chakan, would be a big step in improving our own performance in the future. On this trip, we truly learnt and experienced the importance of precision, efficiency, consistency and endurance. Equally humbling was the hospitality we received. After a delicious lunch, that was organized specially for us, we were given a surprise. The afternoon session on Arduino programming was truly the cherry on top of a wonderful day! The staff gave detailed and clear explanations on all automations that we saw at the plant so that even the youngest of us could understand, and the personalized gift bags given to us at the end of the visit (with the Arduino) were a pleasant surprise. Each and every one of us felt at home. We are extremely grateful for the time that everyone took to organize this inspiring trip, especially as a Chakan tour is not offered to people below the age of 18. We also take home with us a message: we learnt how M&M actively makes a difference to the community and to people who don’t have many opportunities. Our team, too, aspires to impact as many people as we can in our community who might not have the same opportunities as us. Once again, thank you for all your support. This trip was incredibly memorable and M&M will always have a special place in our hearts.
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Equal Streets (2018)

Kicking off the new season with our first outreach event at Equal Streets where we spread awareness about FIRST programs with a few creations by our students!

At our first outreach event of the new season at Equal Streets, we got the opportunity to reach out to so many new minds and understand the importance of building a larger community of students, mentors and supporters.
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Equal Streets (2017)

Equal Streets is a street festival held on some of the streets of Mumbai. Every Sunday till 10:00 AM, vehicles are prohibited on the streets, allowing people to walk and cycle safely. Our team exhibited various innovations that the team members had built for previous FLL® competitions and other science competitions. We displayed various posters conveying fundamental safety rules, and also conducted mock drills around safety measures, safety tips and advice.

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Meeting Tix Robotics

Tix Robotics with 6024 mentors and students. Tix is on its way to starting a FRC team from Hyderabad, the 4th team from India. Best of luck to Tix robotics!

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Visit to Kalpa Vrishk

We visited Kalpa Vrishk Learning Center which is operated by Kalapataru Power and Transmission Limited in Gandhi Nagar. Here we did a presentation about STEM and Robotics for a group of 30 kids ranging from 6-16 years.

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Visit to Rushikul Vidyalaya

We visited the Rushikul Vidyalaya, an institute that believes in hands-on learning over theory.

We got to interact with the bright young minds from Rushikul Vidyalaya, an institute that believes, in hands-on learning rather than just theory. Our lead mentor was invited to give a presentation about the importance of STEM, and later judge all the science projects students from grade 7-10 had made over the past two weeks. This was a great experience for us as we could see the true potential of students and what they can achieve when inspired. We hope to have many more such interactions!
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Meeting with Barker Redbacks Mentors

Barker Redbacks (Team 4613) mentors Daiane and Jeser Becker visited us to share their learnings from over 15 years in the FRC program.

On 25th June, Daiane and Jeser Becker, the mentors of FRC team 4613, braved the Mumbai monsoon and traffic as they flew in from Sydney to visit us. They spent 4 hours with us, telling us about the organization and workings of the Barker Redbacks, one of the best teams in the world. Meeting Daiane and Jeser, and witnessing their approach, passion and commitment for FRC, having participated in the program for 15 years, was incredibly inspiring. They took pride in their team and identity as Barker mentors – the minute attention to detail and strategy they employed is something we are aiming to emulate. Finally, their advice - “Don’t take actions on possibilities but on facts”- stuck with us as something we must aspire to follow. We were incredibly fortunate to have gotten this chance to learn from them and are grateful to them for taking the time and effort to come all the way to India to impart their knowledge. Here’s hoping our teams continue to have a mutually beneficial relationship in the future.
Daiane and Jeser, we can’t wait to meet you again!
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Meeting with Smiti Shah

Smiti Shah, a former captain and alumnus of Regal Eagles (Team 2869) visited us to share strategies, problems, and solutions from her time in the FRC program.

Thank you so much to Smiti Shah and her dad from Team 2869, Regal Eagles, for taking time off to meet us while they were in Mumbai. The strategies, problems and strengths shared by you have taught us a lot and it is very inspiring for us to see someone our age doing such wonders. We look forward to a continued and long lasting relationship with you all. All the best for your and your team's journey ahead. Can't wait to meet you again!
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Visit to FIRST GLOBAL Team India

Our team visited the FIRST GLOBAL Challenge Team India in Pune.

It was a lovely Saturday afternoon and we were warmly welcomed by FGC Team India 2018, in Pune. We went over a couple of rules and ideated about what more could be done. Amending a few mechanisms resulted in the overall betterment of the robot. We wish Team India loads of luck and hope that they do wonders in Mexico next month!
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World Robot Olympiad Mumbai Regionals 2017

We ran the 2017 World Robot Olympiad's Mumbai regionals in August 2017.
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FIRST LEGO League Mumbai Regionals 2018

We ran the 2018 FIRST LEGO League: Hydrodynamics Mumbai regionals in January 2018.
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WRO 2018

The just concluded WRO Regional in Mumbai was an incredibly captivating event. Young participants were enthusiastic and all charged up for the competition. Team R Factor helped organise, facilitate and spread awareness about STEM and FIRST programs at the event. We showcased our robot to more than 300 parents and students who were super excited to see the FRC, FTC and FGC 2017 robots that were displayed at the venue. These inspired the young minds to learn more about STEM and get into the astounding world of robotics. Mr. Parthasarathy, the chief guest, from Mahindra & Mahindra motivated all of us to be future innovators and change leaders. Congratulations to everyone who participated in this mega hit event!