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This year, our team has done numerous outreach events. Outreach is an important part of FTC and can play a vital role in advancing to worlds. Remarkably, we are already at over 500 hours of outreach. That is substantially more than we had in the 2021-2022 season. Here are some of the most interesting events we have done this year.

Explore Festival

In March, the team helped to put on the Explore Festival. The Explore Festival is the end-of-season event for FLL Explore. The teams give presentations and are given appropriate awards as determined by scouts, mostly from Java Dragons.

Air Show

In April, we had a table at the air show. The team had a table at the air show in a hangar next to the airfield where the show took place. Tens of thousands of people were drawn to the event and we were able to reach many of them at our table.

Mom’s Fun Run

In May, our team had a table at the Mom’s Fun Run. The Mom’s Fun Run is a running event for supporting mothers with postpartum depression and anxiety put on by Postpartum Support Charleston. Our team set up a booth, FLL table, and FTC table there.

Bees Ferry Fest

Also in May, we had a booth and FTC mat at Bees Ferry Fest. Bees Ferry Fest was a community event put on by Crosstowne Church. It was their second annual Bees Ferry Fest. It was filled with fun for the whole family: food trucks, artists, vendors, and, most importantly, us, with our opportunity to drive the robot and outreach booth.

FTC Kickoff

In September, we attended the FTC kickoff. The FTC Kickoff was an event put on by First South Carolina in the Dreher High School auditorium. The Powerplay game was revealed and there were two sets of breakout sessions.

FTC Build Day

In October, we attended the FTC Build Day. The FTC Build Day was an event put on by the Hurricanes at Orange Grove Middle School. The team had a table there and helped other teams with their building and programming due to not having a robot yet.

Trunk or Treat

Also in October, we had a trunk at a local trunk or treat. The trunk or treat was a local trunk or treat event put on by Crosstowne Church. The team had a trunk pretending to be a coffee drive-through at the event and handed out candy.

Collin’s Aerospace Event

In November, some members of the team attended a Collin’s Aerospace event at Wild Dunes Resort on Isle of Palms. The point of the event was to teach the engineering fellows at Collin’s Aerospace about FIRST. We built two robots for a robot claw activity at the event. We also attended the event and talked with many of the engineering fellows.