Types of Outreach
Volunteer hours are hours that our team works that we do not raise money for our 4-H club. These are hours that are solely for volunteering and not for raising money.
Outreach hours are hours that our team works that does raise money. The money that is raised goes to our local 4-H club (which splits money between many robotics teams in our area (including FLL and FTC)).
Total Outreach Hours
All the hours that we volunteered for and events that included outreach (spreading the knowledge of STEM and FIRST) are our total outreach hours.
The Orange Alliance
“The Orange Alliance is a project to help make FTC match, event, and team information more accessible.” Our team volunteers for The Orange Alliance (TOA) by developing the account system, web app additions, and the iOS app. We help debug and add new features to TOA to make it better and easier for all teams.
FIRST Lego League
Volunteer Hours & Outreach Hours
FIRST Lego League is for children, ages 9 – 14, to compete using the Lego Mindstorm robots. They complete missions on a table to earn points. Robot game is only one aspect of FLL (there is also Core Values (team work) and the Project). Our team volunteers and does outreach at robotic camps and at competitions. At robotic camps, we share our knowledge and experience about FLL. Money from these camps goes towards our local 4-H groups (which is split with many different FLL and FTC competitions). We also volunteer at the Columbus Qualifiers (which the money also goes to 4-H from hosting the competition). We also volunteer (without raising money for our 4-H club) at the Nebraska FLL State competition.
FTCHelp is a project that our team created to help out FTC teams from across the world. We have created many different projects (including free and fast hosting for all FTC teams). We created this project in 2018 to start helping more teams and spread out outreach and volunteer efforts. To create some of our projects, we have worked with different teams from numerous different countries.
FIRST Tech Challenge
We are an FTC team but we also help out and volunteer at different FTC events. We have hosted a few workdays. Our workdays conclude of robot game scrimmages, judges room practice, different learning opportunities (like presentations about the notebook and programming), and more. These workdays also give teams the ability to converse with other teams on their strategy and problems they ran into during the season. Along with hosting workdays, we have also volunteered at different Iowa FTC competitions.