Community Service Organization Jefferson (VA) Ruritan hosted Colleen and Jeremy Vesperman, of Angelic Robotics, and the Robo Hamsters Club of Culpeper as their featured speakers and presenters at their October 15, 2013 general membership meeting at the Jeffersonton Community Center in Jeffersonton VA.
The Ruritans learned how the Robo Hamsters Club consists of students in grades K-12, is affiliated with the FIRST organization (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,) and was formed only two years ago.
The purpose, goals and achievements of the Robo Hamsters were explained during the course of the presentation. Jeremy explained that one of the valuable lessons taught to the students participating in the FIRST program is “Gracious Professionalism – to work together even if you are competing against them.”
Jeremy informed the Ruritans that the Robo Hamsters participate in competitions with other Robotics clubs. One of the competitions this past April held in St. Louis, MO, during the World’s Competition included Robots built by different clubs playing team games involving offense and defense, with scoring accomplished by tossing a Frisbee through a goal.
“Paige,” the wireless remote-controlled robot, built by the Robo Hamsters, delighted the Ruritan club members by moving forwards, backwards, spinning, and demonstrating the movements that enable it to toss Frisbees and climb a pyramid made from pipes during different competitions.
Surprised to learn that the budget for the Paige robot was $17,000, the Ruritans quickly understood why the Robo Hamsters Club is actively looking for donations and sponsors. Money raised helps fund their pursuit of continuing to provide the opportunities for students in the Culpeper area to participate in the FIRST mission: “to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.”
Sponsors of the Robo Hamsters are rewarded with logo stickers on the robots, their names on T-shirts worn by team members, and banners that are displayed at the competitions.
About the Robo Hamsters Club:
Colleen Vesperman is the spokesperson for The Robo Hamsters Club. The club is Culpeper Virginia’s FIRST robotics team. The Robo Hamsters club, based in Culpeper, has four different divisions covering ages 6-18. The Club participates in robotics competitions around the state and in St. Louis, Missouri if they earn their way into the World’s Competition (held in April.)
The Robo Hamsters Club is affiliated with the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) organization.
More information about the Robo Hamsters Club can be found at http://angelicrobotics.org/
FIRST, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity, was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.
The FIRST mission is to: “is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.”
More information about FIRST can be found at http://www.usfirst.org/.
About Jefferson Ruritans:
The Jefferson Ruritan Club (Jeffersonton, VA) was chartered in 1947 and is part of Ruritan National’s Rapidan District. More information about the Jefferson Ruritan Club can be found at http://jeffersonruritans.com.
Ruritan is a civic service organization made up of local clubs in urban areas, small towns and rural communities. Ruritan National has nearly 30,000 members throughout the United States. Club membership represents a cross-section of the community in which the club serves, and is not restrictive with regard to occupation, social position, or any other specific criteria.
The first Ruritan Club was chartered May 21, 1928, in Holland, Virginia. Since that first club, Ruritan has grown throughout the United States of America, and in doing so, has become “America’s Leading Community Service Organization.”
Ruritan’s purpose is to create a better understanding among people and through volunteer community service, make America’s communities better places in which to live and work.
The slogan of Ruritan is “Fellowship, Goodwill and Community Service.”
More information about the Ruritan National can be found at http://ruritan.org