Note from lead mentor Andrew Hartnett:
Much of our team graduated in 2018. Due to this we recruited earlier (specifically to take rookies to TRI), and we have seen a huge improvement in being able to engage and prepare rookies this year - we have nearly 30 rookies! Some of these rookies have formed a new "marketing" team and have begun outlining blog posts. While they're new to FIRST, I think you'll see how quickly they've become engaged on the team and they're doing a great job! Now on to their first blog post that they asked me to post...
Pearadox Assists in Pear Camp
From July 16-26, Pearadox 5414 members volunteered to help children learn about robotics in PEAR Camp. PEAR Camp is a STEM based academic camp run by Pearland ISD that enables kids to have fun while exploring different STEM pathways. This past year, Pearland ISD asked us to help run the robotics portion of the camp!
When first introduced to robotics, the campers seemed very excited to learn. Each day, campers learned about the different components of autonomous robots. They learned about bases, wheels, gears, manipulators, sensors, and programming. It was a great experience being able to help the kids. For instance, one of the volunteers helped a girl construct a manipulator during camp. This was a great experience for the girl to learn how to build robots and for the volunteers to improve their teaching skills. Some kids were able to grasp the information that was given to them and worked well. Others needed a little more guidance in which the volunteers were able to successfully assist them. Overall, it was a good experience working and teaching the children. Check out this recap video here: https://youtu.be/tVxuMWoabQs
Pearadox students volunteered at Pear Camp to build Lego robots that completed tasks such as: following colored lines, sumo wrestling, and many others.
Pearadox Robotics Team 5414 is a robotics team that competes annually in FRC competitions. Besides competing in robotics, our student members also mentor junior robotics clubs and teams, earn internships and scholarships, and host government representatives and business organizations that tour our facilities. We partner with Pearland Independent School District.