In this self-hosted event, Team 1058 and three guest teams bring our robots to the Pheasant Lane Mall in Nashua to show and demonstrate them for the public. We demonstrate the year’s robot challenge and interact with shoppers. We also answer any questions that people may have about how our robot works, FIRST opportunities, ideals, and programs as well as questions about that year’s robot challenge, or questions specific to the challenges of coming up with and executing a working robot.
The NH FIRST FLL Partners working at BAE Systems contacted us in the summer of 2014 with an interest in creating a new FLL Qualifier Tournament. Since we had a desire to expand our FLL involvement, this was a perfect opportunity for everyone. To produce this event we formed a Tournament Committee consisting of mentors, students, and community volunteers to meet during the months leading up to the event. Planning for this event involved an estimated 250 man-hours dedicated by members of our team. All this effort laid the groundwork for our now annual tournament. Our team members filled every position available for students at the event, including referees, concessions, robot inspectors, and even parking attendants. For roles requiring adults, we recruited alumni, parents, and friends of the team. Our community was a huge help in orchestrating such a successful event. Local businesses offered steep discounts on items such as equipment rentals, food, and supplies. The Londonderry School District helped us coordinate the facilities and agreed to cover all the costs associated with us using the space. Taking cues from FRC, we made an effort to add some production value to the event with LED lights, backdrops, and fun music. The teams seemed to really enjoy this addition, and coaches who have been involved with FLL for years remarked that our event had been one of the most impressive qualifiers they had ever attended. Additionally, the feedback from our partners at FLL was nothing short of stellar. Overall, this event was a huge success and built on our well developed relationship with our community and school. We are looking forward to hosting the Londonderry FLL Qualifier for a third consecutive year in the fall of 2016.
Old Home Days
In our local community, we make an effort to display our robot so town citizens can connect our team with news articles and TV segments featuring us and FIRST. We gain support from our town-wide Old Home Days event, where the town celebrates all that it is. We march in the parade with our crowd pleasing “Couch-Bot” and past year’s robot, and set up our booth on the commons to showcase our team and let people get hands on with the robot. Since we also have students on our team from the nearby town of Hooksett, we participate in their town’s celebrations as well.