Community Outreach

A collection of some of our favorite Community Outreach events!

FIRST 101: Keeping Your FIRST Team Organized!

After you have a robotics team, the first step is for everyone to know their general role on the team based on team members’ experience. One way to divide a team into subgroups is as our team has done – mechanical, programming, and outreach. This division doesn’t have to be absolute – all members can Read more about FIRST 101: Keeping Your FIRST Team Organized![…]

FIRST 101: Gracious Professionalism and Team Challenges

1. Gracious Professionalism “The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.” – FIRST Mission Statement.  One of the Read more about FIRST 101: Gracious Professionalism and Team Challenges[…]

VERTEX Advice Series: FIRST 101 Overview

What is FIRST? For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) is a global robotics program dedicated to inspiring students to become the STEM and technology leaders of tomorrow. The nonprofit runs five major robotics competitions to accommodate students anywhere from 4 years old to 18, including the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), the FIRST Read more about VERTEX Advice Series: FIRST 101 Overview[…]

Root of Robotics Discord Server

We created the Root of Robotics Discord Server as a way to provide a safe space for underrepresented minorities in STEM, beginners looking for resources to propel their journey in robotics and science (no experience needed!), seasoned robotics enthusiasts, and everyone in between. The idea for this discord came from our thoughts about how high Read more about Root of Robotics Discord Server[…]

PRINT4OURLIVES – The fight against COVID-19

There have been many programs circulating around which allow people to print face shields during this pandemic. However, we recognize that in these difficult times, not everyone has access to resources such as a 3D printer. Many people are struggling with basic needs, such as food and water, and those who are affected are faring Read more about PRINT4OURLIVES – The fight against COVID-19[…]