The outreach team conducts business and organizes team activities that do not have to do with nuts and bolts. We raise money for various charities in order to give back to our community. We also communicate with our wonderful sponsors that provide money for us to construct a robot and function as a FIRST Robotics team. Outreach focuses on organization, business, and communication. The business plan for our team functions to organize and have a budget in place for the money that we receive and spend. Overall, we reach out to benefit our community and provide for our team as they benefit us.

Space RAIDers 2537 is always working to increase our visibility and presence in the community. In addition to the outreach events where we present our robot, and our community support activities, we have built relationships with other FRC teams for support and to achieve joint goals.

IMG_2578Recently, our members Eileen Wang and Krushi Shah spoke in a Girls Who Code club meeting at Laurel Woods Elementary School. They talked to the girls about coding in robots, and sparked interest with peanut bots. The girls were able to interact with and drive the robots in addition to learning about their anatomy. Additionally, Eileen and Krushi created a sensor petting zoo consisting of limit switches, buttons, and magnetic switches to allow the girls to experience engineering tools.

Our community impact since April 2017:

  • Maryland STEM Festival host location
    • SpaceRAIDers Open House
  • 4 local STEM fairs
    The Lego Drive for Grassroots
    • Howard County
    • Swansfield Elementary School
    • Northfield Elementary School
    • Hammond Elementary-Middle School
  • 4 Atholton High School events
    • Raider Fest
    • 8th Grade Visitation Day
    • Freshman Orientation
    • Back to School Night
  • 3 service events
    • GoBabyGo! (using robots to help children with limited mobility)
    • Lego Drive for Grassroots
    • Field assembly at USRA STEMaction
  • 2 local presentations
    • Howard County Chinese School
    • Maryland Space Business Roundtable (MSBR)
  • Mentoring at Hackground
    • Mentor-led training with electrical systems
    • Student-led training for vision systems
  • Girls Who Code