Up Next! is committed to being part of our homeschool and local community and spreading the word about FIRST. We do this through our UpWard Outreach Program in which we have impacted the community with 18 different outreach programs in the last two years:
We are becoming involved with our local 4-H clubs. Up Next! was thrilled to be able to give a presentation to sixty kids and their parents at 4-Corners 4-H club. All the members of the club were excited to have us; they listened well, paid attention, and asked intelligent questions. Also, towards the end of our build season we invited the same 4-H Club to come visit us at MCC-BTC. We had fun answering their questions and giving them a tour of our build room, controls room, and our robot, Wilson.
Up Next! co-hosted the 2012 FRC Kansas City Quick Build at Metropolitan Community College where we have the privilege of spending our build seasons. The purpose of a Quick Build is to help local rookie teams with their basic robot frame, electrical and programming systems. This was a great opportunity for our team to make new friends and promote CoopertitionTM and we plan to co-host the entire session again next year.
We have also helped at several FIRST events. Up Next! opted to help at the Cowtown Throwdown, rather than participate, which was greatly appreciated by many. We also helped at both the regional and state FLL competitions, where we had fun timing, judging, watching the matches and meeting the FLL teams
We’ve done demonstrations at various places, including one at Trunk r’ Treat held by Liberty Christian Fellowship on October 31st. We let many kids drive our robot and were so happy to see their faces light up when they took the controls and watched the robot drive around!
As a thank you to one of our sponsors, Knights of Columbus – Ladies Auxiliary, we volunteered to help set up and take down tables for their annual Fall Craft Show. They kindly allowed us to set up our own table to sell light bulbs and promote FIRST as well as our team.
In September of 2011, our team had a booth at the Liberty Fall Festival held in Liberty, Missouri. We brought our Logomotion robot which generated a lot of interest from the crowd. This gave us the opportunity to tell others about FIRST and its many programs. We also sold the FIRST e-watt LED light bulbs.
In June our team was out and about promoting our team and FIRST. We traveled to St. James Academy in Lenexa, KS for the Catholic Homeschool Conference. On Friday, June 17, we assisted an engineering professor from Benedictine College run a hands-on engineering presentation to teens in attendance. The following weekend, we joined with three other FRC teams at the Maker Faire held at Union Station in Kansas City. The faire is designed to demonstrate and promote ideas in technology and attracts thousands of people. We had fun displaying our robot, running practice matches with the other teams, and talking to people about FIRST.
Up Next! communicates with the community largely through YouTube. YouTube isn’t a new way to communicate, but Up Next’s! account is truly top-notch. We currently have thirty-four videos on our account; we upload a new one about every two weeks during the off season and at least one a week during build season. Click on the youtube icon at the top right of the page to visit our video channel!