FIRST Robotics Team 2530
Team 2530 participates in multiple community outreach projects in Rochester to give back to the community which has been so supportive. Each month, the team volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House. We bring Tetrix kits to kids with serious ailments and give them a chance to be normal for a few hours: to learn how to build a simple robot, to play and have fun instead of worrying about their next doctor's appointment.
When local Boy Scouts were struggling to earn their Robotics patch, Team 2530 started
a camp to meet the Boy Scouts' requirements. The team runs a Boy Scout Mini-camp in
October to satisfy the needs of local troops. The participants learn basic programming,
electrical and mechanical skills, and enter their robots in a mini competition.
Team 2530 also manages a robotics summer camp in which students build and test a robot using the Tetrix system. During the process, students gain knowledge in the design process, wiring, assembly, gears, and gear systems. Additionally, students learn how to safely operate hand and power tools.
We also host the FLL Tournament in Rochester, with our team members serving as emcees, data entry operators, operators, set-up and clean-up crews.
We were very excited to spread the mission of FIRST by initiating a new Jr. FLL program last fall at the Riverside Elementary School in Rochester. As a unique school community, seventy percent of the Riverside students receive free or reduced lunches. The school teachers, parents and students embraced the opportunity to explore their potential through robotics. Two adult mentors provide support and oversight while eight team members mentor thirty-eight 1st through 5th graders that are split out into five Jr. FLL teams. The Riverside Jr. FLL students are so excited to work with our team members each week and love to learn with hands-on activities. By bringing the values of FIRST to these students, they learn the core principles of “Coopertition” and “Gracious Professionalism,” as well as gain confidence in challenges, and understanding the value of teamwork.
“Fix It Fair” is a public event held by the Cascade Meadows Wetlands and Environmental Science Center here in Rochester, MN. Community members are encouraged to bring small appliances and electrical tools that are in need of repair and are salvagable. Community volunteers and Team 2530 members and mentors assist in the repair of these electrical items so that they don’t end up in the local landfills, preventing further polluting of our precious landscape and eco-systems.
In 2016, we created InconceivaBows, lime green awareness ribbons designed to spread understanding for mental illness. We developed these bows as a way to show support for a teammate who was hospitalized for her mental illness. So far, we’ve created and distributed over 6,000 bows, an endeavor that we plan to continually expand. This project has been met with much support and was recognized at the 2017 Seven Rivers Regional in LaCrosse, WI.
Last season, we learned that the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center needed toys which could be used by children with impaired motor skills. Our team approached the community asking for toy donations, which we then rewired to be activated through wireless switches. These toys were handed out as gifts during the Mayo Clinic Children's Center's Christmas Party.