The Smart Girls, Team 253
The Smart Girls are a team started five years ago by an alumnus of the Columbus Space Program. And, they've found success in their history thanks to a strong coach and devoted sponsors to support the team. Smart Girls are a program that is part of Girls, Inc., a program started in New England dedicated to helping underserved girls learn to be brave and bold. This year, the Smart Girls joined the Columbus Space Program as one of our FLL teams, with the students of CSP serving as mentors and coaches for this successful team. Megan and Victoria worked with the Smart Girls weekly through the FLL season, offering support and dedication to the team. The Smart Girls chose to study bats as part of the Animal Allies season. At the Columbus FLL tournament, the Smart Girls finished third overall and as one of the winners in Robot Design! The girls were thrilled. In January 2017, the team moved on to the Super-Regional. It was a great competition but the team unfortunately didn't qualify for State. This successful team is a terrific example of how FLL can change lives.
Blackmon Road, Teams 25968 and 25969
Blackmon Road Middle School is a large middle school in Muscogee County. It's large enough to support two full teams. Each week, BRMS students visited the Destination Einstein facility to work on EV3 training, and worked during the week with their head coach on core values and projects. As one of our first programs, the Blackmon Road teams found success in their novice season by being a winner in Robot Design in their first competition. Blackmon Road A continued on to the Super-Regional competition in January 2017. As a first year team, this team has a great foundation for the future, and FRC 4188 is looking forward to seeing the members of this team join the next level.
Key Elementary, a joint program with 100 Scholars
Columbus Alpha Robotics, Team 26541
This year, the Columbus Space Program took on mentoring a team in combination with our friends from 100 Scholars. As a 2016 seeded team, the Key Elementary team spent a month from kick off to their competition in Atlanta. From meetings after school to Skype meetings with the team in Atlanta to visits from members of both FRC teams, these terrific kids worked hard. For many members of the team, they told us that they usually don't get to go on field trips like the competition and this was an amazing opportunty for them. With the support of a coach from CharBroil, the team had jerseys and snacks for meetings. No matter how the competition turns out, this team understands that it's about the journey not the destination. The Core Values are strong with this team. In the spring of 2017, the team took part in the Muscogee County Robotics and Computing competiton (an inaugural event stemming from the success of the Tech It Out challenge), where they took second overall. A team strongly supported by Charbroil, this is a team that we often demo for public events around Columbus. We are so proud of this successful new team.
Dimon Elementary joined the FLL Junior fold this year, with a brand new team. The team met with CSP mentors late in the season, after being initially trained by CSU. We met at the Barnes & Noble Makers Faire, and quickly found ourselves drawn together. The team from Dimon joined for the pre-competition Scrimmage in November, and found that some time of work with other teams makes all the difference. We're all looking forward to having Dimon join the FLL and Robotics in the Classroom workshops in the summer of 2017.