Outreach 2013


In the fall of 2013 APG hosted a Boy Scouts Merit Badge work day. One of the Merit Badges offered was the Robotics Merit Badge. TechBrick was asked to teach this badge. To earn the badge the boys have to do many things, including, learning about potential safety hazards involved with building a robot, what jobs are out there in the field of robotics and they also have to build a robot. That day we helped about 30 kids earn their badge.


On October 21, TechBrick travelled to the Omni Shoreham hotel in WashinDSC_6914gton D.C. to attend the National Instruments graphical design trade show/conference.  TechBrick set up a booth at the conference, and members cycled in and out throughout the day to represent TechBrick as well as attend various workshops to learn new material.  TechBrick presented to many companies such as LEGO Education and National Instruments.  Presentations went well, and the members used several FTC robots and an FRC robot to demonstrate the hard work and success that TechBrick exemplifies. . At this event the vice president of National Instruments spoke with some of our team members. All persons to whom we presented were thrilled with our setup, and we collected many business cards for future funding.


TechBrick’s FRC 3941′s Robot, Kelvin, was asked to join the Harford County Ballet Company by invitation through Barclay Gibbs, creative director. As far as we know this the first FRC robot to ever appear in a ballet. Kelvin plays the “Contraption” for Belle’s dad, Maurice. We used flashing LED Frisbees to make an automatic fireworks machine for the ballet and put ‘animation gloves’ on his lifter so he could get scared.  We were privileged to be the first robot in a ballet.


On July, 31, 2013, TechBrick Robotics and their World Championship FRC 3941 Robot, KELVIN, shot out the first pitches at the Aberdeen Ironbirds’ game at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, MD. We calibrated the shooter to fire exactly 45 feet from in front of the mound to the catcher. As far as we know it’s the first Frisbee first-pitch in US FIRST history. If you have a local MLB farm team near you ask them if you can do the same. It’s great fun and a great outreach to the community.  The team spent most the game working on Python programming in the stands and protecting our laptop from fly balls.


For several years, TechBrick has hosted training days for local rookie FTC teams after each FTC season. Team 3941 took up the mantle this past off-season and continued the tradition by hosting a mini-scrimmage and training session at Harford Community College.

FLL Qualifier

FLL Qualifier

In January of 2013, AZE, TechBrick, and SURVICE Engineering broke new ground by hosting a local FLL qualifier at the team’s headquarters.

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