Our team participates year-round in not only robotics competitions, but also in community outreach projects. Below are both our current team outreach projects as well as our past projects.
Dinosaur Hill is a nature center in Rochester Hills. Every October, Dinosaur Hill has a haunted walk for young children. They decorate the trails and have young actors come in to perform. Halloween Hoot lasts for three nights and for the past twelve years, starting from 2001, the AdamBots have volunteered to clean up after the Halloween Hoot. We take down the decorations, clean the trails, and make sure everything is put away.
We help the local Rochester CROP Walk combat hunger. For eight years, we have taken pledges and walk five miles with a very large group. This year, the AdamBots were found to be the largest walking team and to have collected the largest sum in the Rochester area. If you wish to help (through pledges), please contact us.
During the fall, we participated in our local Buddy Walk. One of our team members, Joey Bolewitz, has a younger brother who has Down Syndrome. Our team help man the parking lot and were “Cheerleaders” for the teams as they walked. The Buddy Walk was established in 1995 by the National Down Syndrome
Society to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October and to promote acceptance and inclusion of people with Down Syndrome. You can learn more about it at buddywalk.org.
The AdamBots give back to their community by helping with the Relay for Life Cancer Walk. AdamBots team members walk 24 hours in memory of those who have lost their battles with cancer and in support of those battling cancer like our mentors Mr. Drummer and Mrs. Sochanski. Let’s go guys!
Leader Dogs for the Blind
In the spring, the AdamBots help Leader Dogs for the Blind by socializing and playing with newborn puppies. Leader Dogs for the Blind is a guide dog training school that pairs dogs with the visually-impaired. AdamBots members walk with the dogs during the annual Christmas Parade. A mentor, Mrs. McBride, is also a volunteer at Leader Dogs; she brings Maize, a leader puppy, to competitions and team meetings where team members play with her.
Since 2010, the Adambots have built floats for the annual Rochester Hometown Christmas Parade. Around Christmas time, the city of Rochester Hills spreads Christmas spirit with the wonderful parade. Working with team 201, the FEDS, from Rochester; and team 33, Killer Bees, from Notre Dame Prep, we’ve won in the high school/college category for three years.
The AdamBots have a strong partnership with local Boy Scout troops. In 2010, we demonstrated our robot and allowed scouts to drive it at the unveiling of the Boy Scouts Robotics Merit Badge at Oakland University. We also present at many of their meetings throughout the year.
The AdamBots team members visit local elementary schools to spread the word of FIRST and to help advertise ourselves to future team members! Schools that have asked us to come back are University Hills, Delta Kelly, Musson, and North Hill.
Below is one of the various past projects that we participated in.
“Sarge” is the local police robot who visits elementary schools. After 19 years in the field, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department came to us and asked for some maintenance. Among other things, we upgraded “Sarge” so that he was DVD ready and fixed/replaced many time-worn parts.
In 2010, General Motors asked several of its experienced teams if they would like to mentor new rookie teams they were sponsoring in Mexico. We gladly accepted and have been mentoring and befriending Team LamBot 3478 in San Luis Potosí, Mexico since.
Musson Science Fair
Each year, the elementary students at Musson Elementary have shown their interest in science through this yearly fair. For six years, people have come to see these growing children expand their knowledge in science. This year, Adambots are joining these young minds and presenting our own project! On March 21, Adambots will be at Musson to present our robot to people. We’ll spread the word on what Robotics is and does!
At the end of March, the new puppies for Leader Dogs for the Blind are coming in! The Adambots are becoming revved up to have fun with these pups and to meet new friends in the process!
Along with Musson Elementary, we’ve also taken up the task of presenting our robot- Persephone – to upcoming members at University Hills. On April 18th the Adambots will make their presentation. If engineering peaks your interest come watch!
Rochester Hills Public Library Newsletter
Next month, the Adambots will be featured in the Rochester Hills Public Library Newsletter – the News & Views. Later, we’ll be planning to have a demonstration at the Public Library. Come watch us in action!
Relay for Life
As the Adambots still continue to attend this event and support those with cancer and those who’ve lost people to cancer, we plan to have a large garage sale to raise money and awareness for this program. We’ll also be selling pink shirts and ducks at this garage sale! Watch for our signs!
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