Team 188 hopes to bring STEM education at the fingertips of every child. In order to get there, Team 188 inspires young people to be future STEM leaders and innovators at 3 different levels: In the “Community”, “Around the World”, and “Near Us”.
We call this, Team 188’s operation “CAN”.
GIRL GUIDE WORKSHOPS
We frequently visit Girl Guide meetings to conduct workshops and robot demos and have engaged over 175 girls between the ages of 4 and 12 with interactive STEM activities, such as building the tallest straw tower with limited materials.
CATHOLIC CROSS CULTURAL SERVICES
We collaborated with Catholic Crosscultural services, to continually work with local newcomer students aged 8-15 to discuss the importance of STEM in resolving day-to-day problems.
Team 188 hosted STEM DAY for our feeder schools, with over 70 students participating. Students cycled through 4 different workshops, one for each area in STEM. These workshops give them hands-on experiences and expose them to opportunities in STEM, especially within the FIRST Robotics program.
Team 188 collaborated with The Surrey Place, an organization dedicated to working with children who have developmental disabilities, are on the autism spectrum, or have visual impairments. Using diverse resources such as Scratch, Makey Makey, and interactive mini robots known as Dash and Dot, we helped establish their Robotics and Coding Camp for students aged 7-15.
AROUND THE WORLD
CARS OF CONTINUITY
We collaborated with the Leacock Foundation to send 25 DIY solar car kits to students at Get Ahead Project, a school in South Africa. Each kit comes with instructions and contains parts to build a solar car including a small solar panel, motor, wires, and plastic frame parts. To guide the students through the process, we conducted video conferences for six weeks, teaching them about different topics such as renewable energy, its real-world advantages, and the mechanism of solar panels.
SPREADING FIRST TO SPONSORS
We’ve conducted multiple robot demos at Accenture, one of our valued sponsors, sharing our experiences about FIRST. Through this, we were able to spread awareness about FIRST to a group of 30 business executives.
Team 188 is the largest club in our school with over 10% of the student body participating. We are present at all large-scale school events such as Grade 9 Orientation and Grade 8 night, showcasing our Robotics team along with the FIRST program. Through the recruitment of new students, Team 188 has a proud 21 year history of creating innovators.
ASSISTING FLL/FLL Jr. TEAMS
Last year, Team 188 collaborated with the Malvern Methodist Church and the Malvern Family Resource Centre with the intention of expanding the presence of FIRST in the Malvern community. Team 188 helped establish three new FLL Jr. teams, one from a Community Church and two from Private Schools which allowed these teams to host their first FLL Jr. Expo this year. During the leading six weeks to the expo, Team 188 members worked with two of those FLL Jr. teams in order to prepare them by assisting with coding, building, and problem solving.