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Past Community Events
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:
- Understand the human water cycle.
- List down the various components of the human water cycle.
- List the problems in each components of the human water cycle.
- Choose a problem and come up with the solution for it.
- Create a presentation/model/drawing representing the solution.
- Present your idea to the judges.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Visit to Rushikul Vidyalaya
We visited the Rushikul Vidyalaya, an institute that believes in hands-on learning over theory.
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.
Daiane and Jeser, we can’t wait to meet you again!
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.
Visit to FIRST GLOBAL Team India
Our team visited the FIRST GLOBAL Challenge Team India in Pune.
World Robot Olympiad Mumbai Regionals 2017
We ran the 2017 World Robot Olympiad's Mumbai regionals in August 2017.
FIRST LEGO League Mumbai Regionals 2018
We ran the 2018 FIRST LEGO League: Hydrodynamics Mumbai regionals in January 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!