January 2017

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The month of January has been filled with rigorous building and planning since the FIRST STEAMWORKS game reveal while still maintaining a presence in community outreach. 

FRC Kickoff
Even in the face of inclement weather, icy road conditions, and all after-school activities being canceled at Grady, G3 team members still met at nearby houses and held a group video call, having a productive kickoff weekend! It has now been roughly three weeks of diligent and dedicated work of students and mentors who are preparing for the first upcoming district qualifier in Gainesville.

DFG Kickoff and First Flight Test
The following weekend after FRC Kickoff, G3 Robotics announced the 2017 game for middle school teams competing in Drones for Good! G3 read the rules, went over kits and had a special guest pilot demonstrate as well! Not only that, but G3 held a day for competitors to practice their first prototypes on January 28, 20
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Thank you Motorola Futures Grant that funds this great program!  

Georgia Tech STEM Fest
Simultaneous with the DFG Kickoff event, some G3 members were also at Georgia Tech for the Atlanta STEM Fest! Students ranging from elementary to high school were able to enjoy hands on activities that incorporated exciting science, technology, engineering and math. G3 provided FLL kits and programming computers to rotating groups who briefly experienced how to build and design a small EV3 robot!   

Flying into the Future
Partnering with the Chattahoochee Nature Center, G3 was the only local student club that presented in the Flying into the Future STEM event! On January 15, 2017, GA Tech, Atlanta Audubon, and the Chattahoochee wildlife department exhibited a flighted birds of prey show while G3 taught kids how to use drones.

Mary Lin Elementary Science Night
On January 24, G3 went to Mary Lin for a fun robot demo and and a discussion about how to get involved in STEM at an early age! We had a great time and can't wait for the next one.

Georgia Capitol
On January 26, G3 traveled to the Georgia Capitol where we met with senators and representatives of the Georgia legislature to discuss efforts in incorporating coding and programming at the elementary and middle level.

ChickTech Event
On January 28-29,  a group of female G3 members collaborated with GA FIRST and ChickTech ATL to change the future for the girls who came that weekend. In only a small amount of time, we taught how to build a ROVER bot and gave each one a specific task to accomplish in the FLL game. 

One last important, honorable mention is that during school last week, G3 presented at Eighth Grade Day where we sought to briefly show the value of STEM and robotics. All in all, January has been an intense, but fruitful month and we are excited to see what February will hold.

Also next Saturday, G3 will have a Habitat for Humanity build! This is a great volunteer experience helping to build affordable houses. If you are interested in signing up, click here.
   
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December 2016

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Merry Christmas and happy holidays! G3 hopes that everyone is having a wonderful winter break and is taking this time to enjoy and rest for the new year!

Inman Demonstation
On December 6 and 7th, Grady Robotics went to Inman middle school to display several robot demos, discuss about DFG (Drones for Good), and really show what robotics is about in-depth. G3 had a fun, interactive experience with the Inman students and can't wait for the next encounter!

FLL
On December 10, 2016, G3 hosted its annual FLL (FIRST Lego League) tournament. This year's theme was focused on 'Animal Allies' where teams were challenged to build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology for their 'furry, feathered, and finned friends.' Overall this event was a huge success and we thank all the students, parents and mentors who contributed in making this event run smoothly!

2017 FIRST STEAMWORKS
G3 will reconvene on January 7, 2017 for the new FRC kickoff. It has been announced that the competition will revolve around steamworks! Click on the picture for a quick teaser in what the upbringing season will soon embody. In a little less than two weeks, the full game will be revealed and the team will sit together to evaluate, strategize, and undertake the challenge!  

Soon the year of 2016 will be behind us and a new calender will begin. Let's take this moment to reflect upon how did this year, be proud of how far we've come, but ready for the obstacles ahead. Go G3!  

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November 2016

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The month of November has been filled with preparation for the upcoming FLL tournament, but also a time set aside planning for the goals ahead of G3 Robotics.

FLL Scrimmage

On November 11, 2016, G3 held an FLL scrimmage for FIRST Lego League teams to practice their newly built robots, present projects and receive feedback before the tournament on December 10, 2016. This was also a chance for G3 to practice and tune any errors in running the event. This was a great success thanks to the dedicated volunteers who came!

A Special Booster Club Meeting

The following week after the FLL scrimmage, guest speaker Karen Judd came from GeorgiaFIRST. She spoke about the importance of social media, community outreach, and maintaining long-term relationships with sponsors for consistent fundraising. Her knowledge greatly helped think about how to strengthen G3’s path for the future and will soon be applied. Thank you Karen for coming!

 

Looking Forward

With the month of November ending, G3 will take this time to prepare for FLL tournament and plan for the second semester's fill of robotics.

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October 2016

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This school year has started off brimming with robotics! To highlight the month of October, the team competed at GRITS, demonstrated the power of women in STEM and hosted our semi-annual Gaming Gauntlet!

GRITS

On October 22, 2016, G3 Robotics competed in the Georgia Robotics Invitational Tournament Showcase, aka GRITS! JV members built a functional robot in only a few weeks. They were able to experience the gritting process of scouting and the intense, but subliminal feel of driving a robot against 24 other FIRST Robotics teams. We will be sure to apply the insight and knowledge gained from this off-season event when FRC season begins. 

WTS Scholarship Luncheon 
On October 27, 2016, G3 went to the Georgia Aquarium to celebrate Alex Lin for winning the 2016 WTS Atlanta annual scholarship award! Transportation YOU, a hands-on and committed sponsor of G3, is focused on increasing the amount of women in STEM, and encourages Alex Lin to use her scholarship to further her academic interests in STEM. Go Alex!

Gaming Gauntlet
Two days before Halloween, G3 hosted our semi-annual Gaming Gauntlet raking in roughly $1700 to help the team. Students at Grady high school and even from the neighboring middle school, Inman, came to compete in tournaments. Many also came to just be with friends and play games for fun. This student-run event was a huge success, and we already can't wait for the next one in the second semester!

On December 10th, G3 will host its annual FLL tournament and would love to recruit more volunteers to help out! If you would like to assist and want a step-by-step process, click here. For further questions, please email grady.robotics@gmail.com.

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