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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.
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.
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.