Outreach

Go Baby Go

In partnership with Oregon Statue University, we participate and contribute to the Go Baby Go! initiative to build alternative transportation for children with limited mobility. We designed a 3D-printable joystick for the “trucks” such that children that use them can gently accelerate, instead of using a button that goes from stopped to full speed immediately. Our joystick design gives children hours of fun therapy and makes transportation easier.

Find out more about Go Baby Go here

Supporting Women in STEM

In addition to our strong female student leadership (75% of all captains/leads are female), our team makes a number of efforts to support and promote women in STEM. We recently taught an 8 week-long class at Ophelia’s Place in CAD, an organization that supports girls in the community. We’ve also donated four desktop computers to them, for educational use.

Our team also attends events to encourage girls on our team to network with female professionals, such as the Oregon State University Women in Engineering Dinner, as well as the Women In Science and Engineering Symposium.

To encourage girls in our community to explore STEM and FIRST, we run demonstrations at Ophelia’s Place’s Girls Rule! event, as well as at SPICE camp, a girls’ science camp at the University of Oregon.

You can check out Ophelia’s Place here

Upcoming Events

We will be teaching workshops at Girls Rule! 2017, a free event for girls aged 9-14 at Churchill High School on April 11th.

Software tools

SERT has built many tools over the years to make various tasks faster and easier, all of which are open-source. Here are just a few of them:

  1. 🤖 Robot Scouter is a simple yet powerful Android scouting app with customizable scouting templates and advanced spreadsheet exporting for painless data analysis.
  2. The 🕑 Attendance Client is a cross-platform desktop app built with Firebase and React to make keeping track of team members’ hours a piece of cake.
  3. Vision processing code for single-board computers such as the Raspberry Pi or for the roboRIO.

Past Demonstrations

SERT maintains its longstanding partnerships with the community by frequently participating in events that raise awareness of FIRST and STEM values. For the past three summers, we have participated in the Mini Maker Faire at the Science Factory, our local children’s science museum, where more than 50 kids of all ages drove our Aerial Assist robot, Byter, and learned about FIRST. After that, our team set up a popular hands-on exhibit for three days at the well-attended Lane County Fair and gave community members the opportunity to drive our robots, an annual SERT event. At the Oregon State Fair, we participated in a FIRST exhibit with our robot and taught children and parents from around the state about FIRST and the opportunities available to FIRST teams.

Additionally, our team was invited to the Second Star Festival in Florence, Oregon where we gave TED-style talks and demonstrated a previous season’s robot design. In November, our team participated in the Barnes & Noble Maker Faire and taught many children about robotics, a continuing event.

We recently demonstrated our Aerial Assist robot, Byter, at Kids Down South Preschool on February 1st. On February 24th, demonstrated the same robot and presented about our team at the Emerald Valley Assisted Living Center.