FIRST Lego League
Continuing our commitment to STEAM at all levels, 156 RPM used the preseason to prepare Fairview Middle School's FLL award winning teams for their regional competition. Team members volunteered their free time to teach programming, presentation skills, design skills, and teamwork, and then acted as judges for a practice competition.
No homecoming fair would be complete without 156 RPM and its student built, linear actuated maze. This fan favorite has two challenge levels for Fairview students to test their skills. Team members also lead science experiments to entertain and teach the students about capillary action.
Penn State Behrend/ Wabtec STEAM Fair
156 RPM gathers all available members, an awesome robot, and a handful of exciting science experiments for the Wabtec/Penn State Behrend STEAM Fair. We've contributed to this yearly event since its inception in 2015.
156 RPM delivered the works to customers at Donatos Pizza. This Fairview family owned restaurant invited us to bring our maze, our robot, and all of our enthusiasm. Customers got to interact with our team and technology while we delivered orders and bussed tables.
SeaWolves Baseball Game
For six years, our robot, It's a μ Thing, modified from shooting basketballs to shooting baseballs, has thrown the first pitch at an Erie SeaWolves baseball game. Our team also conducts multiple experiments for the children that need to "stretch" during the game.
Second Harvest Food Bank
Every fall, Erie Area FRC teams donate proceeds from the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater 50/50 raffle to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania.
Super Science Day at the Erie Children's Museum
Super Science Day allowed children the opportunity to try out our maze, check out our 3-D printer, and operate one of our mini VEX robots. Our goal was to show children how fun and interesting science can really be, and this event was a great way to do so.
Cardboard Boat Regatta: Erie Maritime Center
Our boat, T.O.W. (Taking on Water), was created to look like a robotic shark. Mentor and team member rowers gave the race their best shot but the boat was shortly sunk. However, our sinking was so dramatic, they provided us with the Most Dramatic Sinking Award.