The Combustion Triangle outlines what kindles our fiery spirit in
the FIRST program. Similar to the components of a fire, without any of
these elements we would be unable to be the successful team that we are.
Every team gets their start with funding and support of their sponsors,
essentially the spark. The teachers and mentors provide the steady
stream of guidance that feeds the fire of innovation, keeping it alive
like oxygen. Students form the fuel of the equation, serving as a vast and
potential source of new ideas and products. Team 1912 students show their
gratitude through annual sponsor visits, where we present commemorative
plaques and share our achievements, and mentor appreciation luncheons
that the entire team can enjoy.
Team Combustion loves its sponsors
with a burning passion, and as one of our oldest partners,
Textron receives no less than the best. 1912 students packed
robot Hammerhead for a demo and presentation at our generous
sponsor’s Slidell facilities. There, experienced engineers and
Textron employees listened attentively as Combustion caught them
up on the recent FIRST season, future plans, and the structure and
functions of dear Hammerhead. We discussed our mutual interests
of robots and STEM advancement with our sponsors, and presented
them with an updated commemorative plaque. Team Combustion looks
forward to more interactions with Textron Marine & Land Systems.
Take Our Children To Work Day at PWR
Space Center is home to many of our most generous sponsors,
NASA, NRL/NDEP, and Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne. As part of a
long fun-filled day at Stennis we thanked all three for their
wonderful contributions. We gave our near patented presentations
to PWR’s management and later their kids as part of their “Take Our
Children to Work” Day. Since there were several events going on at
Stennis we were able to meet up with some of our closest friends,
Team 1421 Chaos for an interesting tour and random fun.
Take Our Children To Work Day at MAF
We are lucky
enough to have several sponsors who operate at the Michoud Assembly
Facility (MAF). We were invited to thank them all as well as
participate in their annual “Take Our Children Work” Day. As part
of the large event, involving more than three hundred children,
we ran a exhibition station where we explained and demonstated
our robot to the different groups. It was interesting to see the
inside of MAF and meet all the amazing engineers who work there,
some of which are familiar FIRST faces!