This past friday at the Greater Kansas City regional, Team 1710 gave tours to 250 fifth graders from their home town Olathe, almost doubling the amount of students they brought through last year. Students flooded in from Woodland, Central, Meadowlane, and Countryside Elementary Schools to get a first-hand glimpse of FIRST. The kiddos got to tour the pits, and were able to talk to teams about their robots, collect buttons, and learn about the the 2012 game. They were then shown a LEGO League demonstration where they got to see the game and try out a practice robot. Later, they were brought into the stadium where they cheered on robots in the heat of the competition. The tours were a great success; each fifth grader left with a grin on their face, a shirt covered in buttons, arms loaded with bracelets and a genuine enthusiasm for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). As the students departed, we asked by show of hands who wanted to build robots when they got older, and more than half of the kids raised their hand. Inspiring young minds and changing our culture is what FIRST is all about. Team 1710 hopes to continue bringing in fifth graders and getting them excited to work in STEM careers.
By ONW on March 5, 2012