Colleen and Jeremy Vesperman, of Angelic Robotics, and the Robo Hamsters Club of Culpeper were the featured speakers and presenters at the Jefferson Ruritan Club’s October 15, 2013 general membership meeting.
The Ruritans learned how the Robo Hamsters Club consists of students in grades K-12, is affiliated with the FIRST organization (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,) and was formed only two years ago.
The purpose, goals and achievements of the Robo Hamsters were explained during the course of the presentation. Jeremy explained that one of the valuable lessons taught to the students participating in the FIRST program is “Gracious Professionalism – to work together even if you are competing against them.”
Jeremy informed the Ruritans that the Robo Hamsters participate in competitions with other Robotics clubs. One of the competitions this past April held in St. Louis, MO, during the World’s Competition included Robots built by different clubs playing team games involving offense and defense, with scoring accomplished by tossing a Frisbee through a goal.
“Paige,” the wireless remote-controlled robot, built by the Robo Hamsters, delighted the Ruritan club members by moving forwards, backwards, spinning, and demonstrating the movements that enable it to toss Frisbees and climb a pyramid made from pipes during different competitions.
Surprised to learn that the budget for the Paige robot was $17,000, the Ruritans quickly understood why the Robo Hamsters Club is actively looking for donations and sponsors. Money raised helps fund their pursuit of continuing to provide the opportunities for students in the Culpeper area to participate in the FIRST mission: “to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.”
Sponsors of the Robo Hamsters are rewarded with logo stickers on the robots, their names on T-shirts worn by team members, and banners that are displayed at the competitions.
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