The Camdenton LASER 3284 Robotics Team and Lake Regional Health Systems partnered in a Lake of the Ozarks Go Baby Go event held at Camdenton High School Saturday, September 22nd. Go Baby Go is a national, community-based research, design and outreach program that provides modified ride-on cars to children birth to age 3 who experience limited mobility. A total of 16 electric powered toy cars were modified to benefit mobility impaired youth in the lake area. Members of the LASER Robotics Engineering Technology class identified a 6 volt Maserati toy car to work with during class to engineer the alterations and write a modification instruction guide. Making a prototype, a base car modification was developed with relocating the foot accelerator, to using a button to make the car move. Approximately eight lake area occupational therapists participated Saturday morning collaborating with the build teams to customize the car to their client’s personal needs. This included relocating button activation locations to adjusting the harness restraints.
Assisting Camdenton LASER 3284 in making the car modifications were four other FIRST FRC robotics teams that accepted an invitation to come and help at the event. Knob Noster Stealth Panther 6424, Sedalia Team SCREAM 4522, St. Charles Lutheran Roboteers 4329, and (Kansas City) Barstow The KUHNIGITS 1939, made the trip to Camdenton to assist with car modifications using our instruction manual. Mentors and students alike were moved after meeting the families and working with the children to fit and test drive the vehicle. It was a special day for all that were involved. LASER hope that this will be an annual event and will explore serving different age groups in the future.
Just because it's summer, doesn't mean that robotics is over. This summer, LASER 3284 hosted and participated in a series of outreach events, including the FTC® camp, Run/Walk for the Fallen, the Mobile Food Pantry, Show Me Robots at the State Fair, and the Ozark Mini Maker Faire. Hosted by LASER 3284, the FTC Camp allowed for LASER and other participating schools' future FTC® students to refine their programming and design skills for the upcoming season. Camdenton LASER also assisted and participated in the Run/Walk for the Fallen, which recognizes and respects Missouri's fallen soldiers, and volunteered at The Mobile Food Pantry, which delivers groceries directly to communities in need of food. LASER hosted the 10th annual Show Me Robots at the State Fair, where all four progressions of FIRST® were demonstrated and had mini competitions with Knob Noster Stealth Panther 6424, Sedalia Team SCREAM 4522, and St. Charles Lutheran Roboteers 4329. LASER also displayed all four progressions of FIRST® at the Ozark Mini Maker Faire, where people share the things they have created with their community. Ultimately, LASER had an busy summer full of events, and we are excited that we helped start several new FIRST® teams in the Central MO Region.