Outreach and Impact
Red Storm strongly believes in giving back to the community, so we help out wherever we can. Some of the outreach activities we have participated in include multiple demos each year, some of which during robot-related movie premieres like Big Hero 6 in 2014; volunteering at a no-kill cat sanctuary called Crash’s Landing to clean the house and play with the cats; attending the 2015 Discovery Elementary Science Night and Southwood Science fair to show elementary schoolers and kids in FLL what it takes to build an FTC or FRC robot; taking our robot to the streets at the Grand Rapids Metro Cruise; and taking part in GE Community Day both in 2013 and 2014 where we painted murals, landscaped, and repaired picnic tables for the Lincoln School for the Disabled. In the summer of 2017, we attended Grand Valley State University’s STEPS camp, where we talked to fifth and sixth-grade girls about the robots we build and what it means to be a part of the FIRST program. Our team especially loves to use our 2013 robot to entertain kids during presentations. It’s so fun and rewarding to watch the kids scurry after flying discs, having so much fun with the robot we created. In 2018 we got our biggest task which was to make a bulletproof robot for the police to practice shooting moving targets on that we collaborated on with the amazing Davenport University
Over the years, we have made a significant impact on the members of both our community and our team. We have introduced the FIRST program to our area via demonstrations, which are open to the public. We find that it’s a great way to have fun as a team and get school-age students interested in the STEM fields. Because of the impact of the FIRST robotics program, several members of our team, now alumni, have decided to pursue an engineering major. Those who graduated from our team and went on to college have been successful in their endeavors. Many even come back to mentor current team members.