Bottle Rocket selected the Future Crafters as their charitable contribution of the month earlier in 2015. This group of local FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) 6th-grade students work together as a team to solve real-world problems such as food safety, recycling, energy, and more. The program provides students from ages 9-14 years the opportunity to work with technologies not easily accessible in most schools.
The Future Crafters recently topped the FLL (FIRST LEGO League) qualifiers, a competition that gives kids the opportunity to practice imaginative thinking and teamwork, with a total of 496 points. The team received the top robot design award and an award for having the top score in the robotic game portion of the competition.
“The kids did a lot this year” said Rocketeer iOS Engineer and team coach Mekhala Vithala. “It’s great seeing kids with different talents come together and support each other as they tackled this year’s topic of recycling.”
For this year’s qualifiers, teams were required to create an innovative solution to clean up one aspect of trash using an autonomous robot. The Future Crafters presented their innovative solution, an app that helps the user buy just the right amount of food to not produce waste, to a panel of judges. Next, each team designed, built, and programmed a robot using technology. This robot completed multiple recycling themed tasks and gave the students a chance to explore different real-world engineering challenges.
As both a community of makers and sponsors of STEAM initiatives, we’re proud of the Future Crafters. We hope you will join us in congratulating them on their achievement and wish them luck in the regional competition.