Beyond competing in tournaments and presenting ourselves in the best way possible, Team Fusion also works hard to make an impact on the community. Through volunteering in community service projects and working with local school programs, Fusion has introduced science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to the community.
Feed My Sheep
During the off-season, Team Fusion has aided the community by volunteering for an organization that feeds the impoverished, Feed My Sheep.
Within this year, Team Fusion has hosted a VEX tournament in which thirty-seven teams ranging from kindergarten to eight grade took their robots to competition. This event was held at Bayou View Middle School on Saturday November 23, 2013.
In spirit of the holiday season, we have spread cheer to the elderly at Gentiva Hospice by offering our creative skills and made by hand cards and flowers.
Our team also used our engineering skills to make eye-catching robots to ring bells for the Salvation Army and not only give to the community, but also take an opportunity to share STEM to the community.
Pathways 2 Possibilities
Fusion takes the opportunity to spread STEM ideas to the community, but we also hone in on spreading it to the upcoming generations. Team Fusion partnered with Dupont and NASA, and attended a Pathways 2 Possibilities interactive career fair held at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum for eighth graders from local schools.
Santa In The Harbor
During the 2013 winter holiday season, Team Fusion participated in the annual Santa in the Harbor event. Around 1,800 people were in attendance, and Fusion entertained the audience by demonstrating the abilities of the 2012-2013 build season robot “The Hardin Hammer.”
During the 2013 holiday season, Team Fusion helped bring joy to the community. Team Fusion members brought over two robots to a Salvation Army charity event. The robots helped ring bells and attract the attention of people who were eager to donate. The robots were strategically placed in front of department stores. This event helped generate positive attention to Fusion, and opened up a pathway for the community to learn more about science, technology, and mathematics.
Mayhem In The Park
This Mardi Gras season during Mayhem in the park Team Fusion informed members of the community about the team and or mission. We showed past robots to spark an interest in robotics and technology into children and their parents. The children were allowed to load Frisbees into last seasons robot “The Hardin Hammer”. Along with people from the Gulf Coast there were also people from Massachusetts, Alabama, Louisiana, Utah and upper parts of Mississippi intrigued to learn about Team Fusion. Fusion also won the tent decoration contest during the event.
Mississippi Power Expo
We were invited by Mississippi Power to work a teacher expo to inform the teachers about the FIRST Program.
Boys and Girls Club
On July 14-17, we went to five different boys and girl’s clubs and helped them build LEGO robots.
On October 25th, we went to Jones Park for a Halloween festival for families. We also got to display our robot and had the kids catch Frisbees from our Frisbee shooter robot.
Bayou View Elementary School
A few of our team-mates went to Bayou View Elementary School for a career convention. The team members went to spread the FIRST message and to inspire these young students to get into robotics.
AFRH 2015 Open House
On November 11th, we went to the Armed Forces Retirement Home and we displayed our robot to the residents of the Retirement Home. We also took a tour around the facility.
Pathways To Possibilities
On November 17th-19th, we worked at the career fair in the Biloxi Convention Center. There were over 8,000 eight graders from six different coastal counties that attended. We displayed our Frisbee shooter and the yoga ball launcher to the kids. We also talked to interested kids about the Junior Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam.