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Next Generation Science and Technology Group is organized and run by students on the robotics team. Our organization is spreading STEM based learning to students and kids.
This is our fifth year as a team focused on robotics, participating in STEM activities and community outreach activities in the Folsom-Eldorado hills area. We are a team of 18 students from 5 different high schools and 4 middle schools.
We are a energetic and enthusiastic team who enjoy robotics and working together. We understand the importance of science and technology in teenage years as it is a stepping stone for future careers. Through the past four years, we have gained tremendous experience in science and technology through FLL robotics and VEX robotics. Our hard work and dedication paid off by our seventeenth place finish at the FLL World Festival in 2012.
Our 2014-2015 season started in June when the teams met and planned for their robot designs. They discussed their creative and innovative ideas regarding the sky rise mission for vex robotics. The team itself is quite large, therefore providing the opportunity for the team to divide into three sub-teams. The sub-teams meet three times a week, on different days.
The teams are cooperative and exhibit tremendous teamwork qualities. The meetings demonstrate the teamwork amongst the members, more specifically to share ideas. Since the team has members that are from different middle and high schools, team bonding sessions are planned in order to communicate and share ideas.
Currently, the teams are still in the process of building their robots. The first competition for the DYNObytes is at Dougherty Valley High School on October 25th. Following that tournament, there is a Bellarmine Bay Area VEX Robotics Tournament on November 21, 2014 through November 22, 2014. The 4th annual central valley skyrise tournament is at Modesto Junior College on December 6th. The final tournament is the California Central Coast VEX Tournament from January 23rd through January 24th of 2015.
The team has won numerous local awards over the last four years. It includes participating at the 2012 FLL World Championship, which included over 80 teams from around the world. Key awards and accomplishments are:
Mentoring Activities – The team continues to participate actively in starting up, mentorin,g and providing robot part and kits to local teams. We have mentored over nine teams and helped start six junior robotics teams in the Sacramento region.
Local outreach Activities – In addition to robot related activities, the team participates in community outreach activities to raise funds or volunteer for local organizations like Sacramento Homeless Shelter, training at Intel Kid to Work Day, Lions Club, and Hands For Hope.