For the past several seasons the Lake Stevens Robotics club has hosted many VRC and VEXIQ tournaments. Events like the Cavelero Cup, the Cavelero Turkey Trot, league events, and even the Washington State VRC Championships have been hosted by Viking Colt Robotics. During these competitions, they have students, parents, and staff volunteer by setting up the tournament, inspecting robots, queuing, judging, refereeing, announcing, and cleaning up. Individual students often spend 8 hours or more volunteering to help prepare and run these tournaments.
Mr. Lynass spoke at the TEDx Event at the Edmonds Center for the Arts on the subject of competitive robotics and how it can change the lives of students. TEDxSnoIsleLibraries is an annual event in which speakers come together on a global stage to share ideas worth spreading. For more information click here.
Students also help by volunteering at the events of younger students, including a VEX IQ tournament- the VEX IQ Extravaganza- hosted at Cavelero for elementary and middle school competitors grades 3-8 in January 2019. Positions included referees, judges, tech support, head judges and head referees, and various other positions throughout the competition.
Within their school, they are getting kids involved in engineering and robotics by encouraging students to take engineering classes and to participate in the robotics club. The students love to show their classmates all about their club, and how much fun robotics can be during club fairs.
Hungry Hearts Foundation
During the season of Toss Up at the Cav Cup tournament, the CBots held a food drive and recommended that all teams should bring one can of food per team member. They raised hundreds of food items for the Hungry Hearts Foundation in their local community.