NSBE Detroit Professionals,
Greetings Colleagues & Future FRC Judges,
As someone who has either participated or expressed interest in judging at a FIRST event in the past, or someone that I just think would be great at inspiring society’s next generation of engineers and scientists, I am contacting you to determine your willingness and availability to volunteer as a judge at the FIRST Robotics Competition Southfield District Event at Southfield High School on March 4 ~ 5.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) seeks to transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes. The FIRST Robotics Competition involves teams of high school students designing, building and operating their own robot that competes in a game challenge. Information on this year’s game challenge, “FIRST STRONGHOLD,” is available at: .
As a judge, you will interview team representatives to determine their eligibility for a number of different awards based either on team or machine attributes. When final teams are selected, you will be asked to prepare an award script and participate in the awards ceremony at the end of the competition. Judges are required to be available from approximately 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday.
If you could, please let me know if you would be available to participate this year. If you are interested in volunteering, I would also ask you to sign up for the event using the US FIRST Volunteer Information Management System portal at: https://my.usfirst.org/FIRSTPortal/Login/VIMS_Login.aspx.
If you but cannot attend this event but would be interested in judging at another Michigan District event, a complete list of events is at: http://firstinmichigan.org/FRC_2016/frc_2016_season.html. I would be happy to forward your information to the Judge Advisor at any other District event.
On behalf of FIRST, I thank you for your consideration and look forward to hearing from you soon.
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Three Detroit Future City school teams + their teacher-champions need Engineer Mentors. How great would it be if we could have a few NSBE volunteers be those mentors? These kids are already working so hard on their cities under the national theme of “Feeding Future Cities: Urban Agriculture.”
You can mentor individually, or tag-team. Future City is a middle school STEM outreach program where students design their city of the future. This city is complete with infrastructure: including transportation, communication systems, power plants, safety systems, water systems, and green spaces. Students utilize SimCity™ software to build their virtual city. They create a scale model, write an essay, and finally, make a presentation to a panel of judges.
As these students address important issues such as accessibility, sustainability, pollution, population density, water resources, traffic flow, and budgets, they develop important competencies. They receive input from both their teacher and mentors while going through the program management process, and benchmarking. They work as a team, develop their problem-solving abilities, learn how to conduct research, and perfect their presentation skills… all tools they need in the real world.
The competition is scheduled for Monday, January 26, at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. These kids deserve to attend the final competition. They need to “complete” before they “compete.” There are a multitude of awards that they have the opportunity to win, aside from 1st-5th place.
Please help them get there. Contact email@example.com Allison Marrs at 248-353-0735 x121 or firstname.lastname@example.org , if you wish to register yourself or a team as mentors! See flyer for more details.
The Tuskegee Spirit Program sponsored by the Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance Chapter is looking for a couple of NSBE members to support Robotics team(s) on 10/25/14, 11/15/14, and 11/22/14. All who are interested should contact Pinel Romain at email@example.com or 313.623.5642.
The University Prep Science + Math High School Chapter is looking for speakers to talk about their career choices and experiences. Chapter meetings are Mondays at 3:30 PM. All who are interested should contact Josiah Walker via. LinkedIn or at firstname.lastname@example.org.