The JWMS STEM Night was very similar to our other community events. We took our former competition robot Gandalf and allowed children to shoot particles. There was quite a lot interest in the school. There were also many teachers that we interested. The principal, Mr. Craig Staton, is also interested in starting a LEGO EV3 club at the school.
We didn't compete and the Pennsylvania state championship due to the fact that we had already qualified twice for ESR. So, because Pennsylvania FTC is just so amazing, two of our members and some parents volunteered. We had a great time and filled in some volunteer positions. Our members were able to learn a lot more about teams we will meet in ESR and made many new friends.
The FLL Jr. Maryland state expo was partially by both STEMAction and the Wizards. Not only did we help provide reviewers and volunteers, but served as them as well. We participated in deliberations and running the ceremonies too. The children were very content with the outcome and during the competition. Although we did not participate as major volunteers in the FLL championship, we did serve as ambassadors for FTC. We rallied some interest and hopefully there will be future FTC teams from this event.
We had started an FLL Jr. club at the school in the beginning of the year. Because the outcome teams were not properly registered, they were not able to participate in a official expo. So, the Wizards set up an expo just for the Gibbs teams at their STEM Night.
We wanted to return to Beverly Farms ES after we attended their back to school night in the beginning of the year hoping to renew interest. The event was one of our typical community events. The children were very captivated by Gandalf and shooting particles.
Amanda Puerto, who we had been in communications with for our FLL Friday events was interested in us running at FLL Scrimmage at the KID Museum. We wanted to not only give teams who had not competed this season a chance to go head to head with other teams, but allow teams which advanced to the Maryland State Championship a chance to practice.
One of our members testified to the Maryland State house. We were advocating for more funding in computer science as well as FIRST within the state. The legislature seemed very engaged with our statement and we hope that something will come from this.