Outreach is an integral part of the FIRST Tech Challenge program. It involves connecting with local, regional and global communities to disucss various topics related to STEM activities. We have connected with numerous STEM professionals in different field in 6 coninents, organized various events in our town and hosted online webinars as well. Highlighted are some important outreach events that we want to share out, as well as some links to information that clearly introduces teams to various topics in FTC.
Sebastian Castro - MIT CSAIL
Sebastian Castro is a software engineer at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). The purpose of this video chat was to mainly help Sebastian learn more about FIRST, specifically FIRST Tech Challenge. We began by explaining the FIRST mission to Mr. Castro and how the mission of FIRST applies and prepares them for the real world. Mr. Castro taught us about the use of sensors in the robotics industry and the difference between what we use and what most people in the robotics industry use. Mr. Castro also taught us a great deal of information on various distance sensors, especially the RGB-D sensor.
Princeton Train Station
Some team members went out to the Princeton Junction Train Station and set up a station during rush hour in order to get people interested in our team and FIRST. We met parents with kids from ages ranging from young kids in kindergarten to high school. We also met a person from the Rutgers Propulsion Laboratory which later turned to be another outreach for our team learning more about rockets and applied sciences there. During this process, we improved our social skills by interacting with those at the train station. We learned how we could showcase our team and how to grab the attention of various people to further our connections.