Festival of the Forks
Participating in the Festival of the Forks in Albion was such an amazing experience. It's a fantastic event where our team had the opportunity to connect with the community and our sponsors in a lively and festive atmosphere. One of the highlights was being able to showcase our robot and even let people test drive it on the road.
We also took the opportunity to promote our upcoming movie event scheduled for October 21 at the Bohm Theatre by handing out flyers to attendees. It was a strategic move to get the word out to a diverse audience and generate excitement for the event.
Overall, the day was filled with fun and camaraderie. It was a great way to spend our time, and we're eagerly looking forward to participating in the Festival of the Forks again next year. It's events like these that make us feel even more connected to our community and inspire us to continue our outreach efforts.
In our community, we volunteer at Innovate Albion STEM Saturdays every month, teaching students about engineering, programming, and robotics. Additionally, we help organize these events. Innovate Albion is a teaching and training center for STEM and robotics. In previous STEM Saturday events, we have had a free building table with some basic building challenges, helped kids Code SPIKE Prime (FLL) robots to complete a maze, helped kids build their electrical circuit and design their bug, had a robot driving demo, and have had CNC and CAD demos. Most kids who attend these events are in elementary school. We want to give students exposure to engineering and programming. Every NERD Spark team member is very dedicated to spreading FIRST and STEM throughout our community. Our next STEM Saturday event is at https://innovatealbion.org/events/stem-saturdays/ on the 3rd saturday every month
You get rc cars and learn how to measure parts of the car and use those measurements to modify the cars. Those changes get logged and changes are made to make the car faster and they have competitions. It is a sort of precursor class to robotics and engineering. It is really awesome to see them continue to grow their knowledge from their robotics season.
We hold summer classes in Albion each summer. Each class lasts 1 week with 10 hours of teaching per class. There are 2 beginning classes for CAD as well as programming and one advanced class for programming as well as CAD. In Canton we hold beginner introductory CAD and design classes complete with a design contest at the end of the series. All classes in both Albion and Canton are open to any student that is interested in learning more about design and/or programming. It's a great way to learn more about robotics and STEM.