St. Peters Brickbusters #8631

Invited to the Razorback Invitational 5-2020

This year’s challenge was to identify a problem with a building or public space in our community. The first thing we did when we received the challenge, was to decide what it meant and brainstormed how we could truly help our community. We talked about what the core values were and how we wanted to express them in our everyday lives. We also taught our two new team members how the robot, and all FIRST aspects, were achieved.

For our project, we decided to tackle the problem of getting community input and interest for the remediation of a contaminated site, or brownfield in our community, which has been sitting empty for years. Our town has begun to clean up! We surveyed the citizens of our community to first, get their interest, and second, generate ideas for use once the site is cleaned up. We collected over 200 surveys. We will present our findings, info, and our community’s vision for the site to our village board.

Our robot this year has come a long way, as we switched our programming language from EV3 to RobotC! It is also full of exciting features, including geared arms, allowing them to move in several directions at once, an easy attachment system, and used a rack and pinion attachment to complete the safety factor.

Our core values consist of team building, community service, and demonstrating the six core values to everyone around us. Some of our community service for the season was going to the Honor Flight, making blankets for the homeless, collecting shoes for Soles for Souls, made Christmas cards for the Voland Hall Veteran Center, raised money for local charities by selling wreaths, and much more.

The FIRST experience is amazing, and we would recommend it to anybody!