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Projects 2018-06-02T02:55:17+00:00

Braille Menu

In our journey in which we as ARC 6014, strive to use technology as a way to reach out to the community and use it for change and improvement we accomplished a new project. After we learnt that when blind citizens get out to eat, some corporations try to sell the remainders to them rather than listing them what is on the menu, we decided to work on a project to eradicate the situation. We started a project in Café TriBeCa in which we 3D printed menus with the Braille alphabet. With this project we hope that we will be able to reach to blind people and help them get integrated in the community without facing challenges and without needing anyone else. As a robotics team we never considered technology as a consumptive thing but rather a way to improve other people’s lives.

Recently we have completed an interview with FOX TV regarding our project. You can watch the interview at 08:00 news on FOX TV, February 18. We hope that we will be able to reach to greater masses and inform the public about the situation which will lead to more projects accomplished in the area and lives of the blind will improve throughout the globe.

If you would like to learn more about this project and would like to reach more people, please do not hesitate to contact us: http://www.arc6014.com/contact/


Scouting App

We observed the significance of scouting throughout our experiences in various tournaments. Taking notes on paper or using a google form might be useful upto some extent, yet, the development of a common platform that is available for the all team members would be crucial. The app enables all the teams to execute a pit survey and make observations throughout the matches and record them in a well-secured database. Furthermore, the app uses the blue alliance API, making it easier for teams to deal with the important parts of scouting rather than minor details. Finally, although thinking is crucial in any aspect of FRC, the application entails the match statistics and conducts an inference for a team’s choices during the alliance selection.


Prosthetic Legs

Inspired from Hasan Bey, a beautiful hearted young man who tried to help animals without legs, as a team, we wanted to develop this idea. We immediately contacted with him, telling that we are here to help him as much as we could. After getting positive messages from him, we immediately got to work. Watching tons of videos about dogs and cats without leg, we wanted to integrate our desire to help and out knowledge about technology. Instead of working with metals, we designed prosthetics on Solidworks, specific to each animal in the animal shelter we come together to work. Printing these designs by using our 3D printer, we later on added necessary equipments, such as wheels,  to each prosthetics. Till now, we managed to reach 5 animals with our designs. However, our aim is to reach 3 animals per week, 12 per month. That way we can help them feel better to be in life.

                        


Code Week

Code Week is an event that celebrates the innovative culture and the passion for exploration in our school. It is similar to RC Maker Faire in nature, but it is more focused on introducing programming to the students in our school. Some of the activities in this week includes programming a robot to solve a maze, flying automated drones, learning 3D design and printing, mobile app development, Arduino programming and an automated sumo robot fight. There are also additional presentations from different engineers and organizations to motivate students and show the diversity of this field’s applications.

As ARC, we helped RC Makers to organize the event and give workshops about robotics, coding and virtual reality to our friends. We also gave workshops on FRC and FLL to increase interest and participation in FIRST competitions. In the last 2 years, the event was very successful and helped many people get interested in robotics and computer science. We were surprised to find that many people who were not interested in electrical engineering, 3d design or computer science at first came to us and asked for how they can contribute to RC Makers Club and ARC. The number of applications to both of our clubs increased, and many people discussed the importance of these skills.


Inspirational STEM Projects with Children

At ARC Robotics, we believe in the utmost importance of the Maker and Programming education. Unfortunately, this is an area that still needs to be developed both in Turkey and in the entire world. We sadly note that coding and Maker education is not taught in many schools all around the world. Thus our main aim is to get more children and young people educated and inspired by the Maker movement By teaching kids and young people all around Turkey about programming and encouraging them about learning more about these topics as well as about pursuing a career in technology, we also aim to raise an involvement about technology. We want to reach out to as many young people as possible, so we organize trainings and workshops all around Turkey.


Aydın Community Involvement Project

During the summer of 2017, ARC Robotics team members actively participated in various community involvement projects, one of which took place in Germencik, Aydın.

This project aimed to work with elementary and middle school kids in fields such as art, drama, sports, music and technology. During one week of the project; we helped kids discover new passions, develop communication skills and get inspired.

All of the 100 kids that attended the project had the chance to get to know STEM. Our main goal was to teach them the basics of coding, completing activities with technologies and getting more knowledgeable in science. As we completed the projects in rural parts of Turkey, we aimed to inspire children to pursue STEM later on and also empower girls to get more involved technology.

Each children stepped into the room with a little shyness, yet a lot of curiosity as they looked at the gadgets before them. With each activity, they became more familiar with technology.

We helped kids “travel” all around the world to see great monuments with Virtual Reality glasses from their small hometown. We saw how their eyes sparkled when they were introduced to this new technology. Combining music and fun, the kids completed activities with Makey Makey.

 

                                     

We were able to complete 10 science experiments altogether. With each experiment; we had the chance to discover the complex scientific background behind simple experiments, such as pepper and soap experiment or the non newtonian fluid which is starch and water.

It was an incredible experience as we saw the excitement of the kids as they coded many games using Scratch. From football games to concerts, they coded their favourite events and hobbies. At the end of the project, a couple of kids were sure that they wanted to become game developers! As we inspired kids to pursue STEM in the future, we also helped them grasp the ideals of FIRST.

Take a look at the games our project participants have created at https://scratch.mit.edu/users/aydincip2017/

At the end of the 5 day workshop, the kids presented their final coding project to their families at the final show.

 

                        


Our Partnership with Social Maker Lab

Besides our school’s and team’s projects, ours team members also take part in and cooperate with other social organizations such as Social Maker Lab. With their slogan “Maker Movement for Social Good”, Social Maker Lab is an organization which brings together makers to solve the problems in our community. Whilst solving social challenges through technology, Social Maker. Lab also aims to inspire others to come up with solutions, products, and ideas. Our most recent project was 3D printing a graduation yearbook for a school for the visually impaired. The graduates of the school were able to see the faces of their classmates for the first time after 8 years.


Community Involvement Projects at School 

Every Saturday, we kick the day off with our tech workshop for Romanian kids living in Istanbul. We host 15-20 kids, aged between 10-15, from Kuştepe Roman Sanatevi. Our workshops take place at our school’s computer lab. We plan our workshops according to the age group and their acquaintance with technology. Our workshops include coding a labyrinth game in Scratch, using Makey Makey to have fun while learning about conductivity, experiencing different cities and riding roller coasters with Google cardboard virtual reality glasses. We hope that this was a fun week for all of the kids as they made a transition into life. With these workshops and many others, we hope to inspire children about STEM through fun and educational activities. As ARC, we believe these community projects have a huge effect on creating a cultivating environment in which we hope to inspire kids to become pioneers in the fields of science and technology.


Books and Clothing Donations

We collaborated with our school’s Interact club to organize a charity event in which we donated our unused team shirts and sweatshirts to underprivileged primary school kids in Kars. We wrote a letter on who we are, what we do, what FIRST is and how they can pursue STEM.

We also collected books from our team members to help build a library at the school in Kars. From story books to poetry, from science books to novels, we collected many books that will help introduce our friends at Kars to new worlds and get them inspired. We added handwritten notes to every book, hoping that it will help the students guide their way towards success.

Letter in English:

We as the Robert College family wanted to create a library for you. We brought together the books we enjoyed reading, hoping that you will enjoy them as well. Our greatest wish is that you can discover new worlds and meet new points of view by reading these books. In a discussion we had among our robotics team we all concluded on the idea that books were the most important things that encouraged us to ask questions, be curious and to make research. Whether in literature, art, science, maths or technology books always create a place for us to learn more about the subjects we are interested in. We hope that through these books you will discover new worlds and learn to understand new concepts. You can also improve yourselves and challenge your limits by advancing in science, technology or any other subject. Enjoy reading!


Women in STEM: Technovation

Sadly recognizing the major gender gap when it comes to women in the technology field, we want to create a change by inspiring young females all around Turkey to get involved in technology. We believe that in order to achieve this goal we need to break the existing prejudice against the idea that “women don’t or can’t code” and we believe that education is key to breaking prejudice. We also believe that international competitions can be a great opportunity for girls to get motivated and to do their best. We think that Technovation, a competition that is only for females students all around the world, which offers online programming courses throughout the competition, is a great start for girls’ technology education and career. In cooperation with Social Maker Lab, we organize workshops and events where we inform girls from public schools about this competition and help them through the process in order to encourage them to take part in this international competition.


Community Projects in Manisa

Manisa-Gördes CIP is one of the community impact projects that we have. After being very successful in Manisa, we decided to continue to inspire more children. Thus, we created a new type of STEM project, where we can reach several kids, who come from public schools and do not have any opportunity to get in touch with technology, on weekends. On each weekend, we aimed to work with different kids from the same school. After seeing different kids with their different levels of curiosity to technology or engineering, we will decide to work with the ones, who are more enthusiastic and interested in technology. We will lead establishment of a new robotics team with these children. Moreover, we will work with them as a mentor, when they decide to make their own robot.

Depending on the outcome of this project, we would maintain this impact with Syrian refugees. Because most of them do not know Turkish very well, we decided to perform Syrian Children Project after we get success with our current STEM CIP. But it is one of our priority to be able to accomplish such difficult project.

Innovation is waiting its believers!


Code Week

Code Week is an event that celebrates the innovative culture and the passion for exploration in our school. It is similar to RC Maker Faire in nature, but it is more focused on introducing programming to the students in our school. Some of the activities in this week includes programming a robot to solve a maze, flying automated drones, learning 3D design and printing, mobile app development, Arduino programming and an automated sumo robot fight. There are also additional presentations from different engineers and organizations to motivate students and show the diversity of this field’s applications.

As ARC, we helped RC Makers to organize the event and give workshops about robotics, coding and virtual reality to our friends. We also gave workshops on FRC and FLL to increase interest and participation in FIRST competitions. In the last 2 years, the event was very successful and helped many people get interested in robotics and computer science. We were surprised to find that many people who were really not interested in electrical engineering, 3d design or computer science came to us and asked for how they can contribute to RC Makers Club and ARC. The number of applications to both of our clubs increased, and many people discussed the importance of these skills.

 


Collaborations with other Clubs

One of our team’s main goal is to enlighten students as weider as we can go. As a team, we started by having collaboration with other clubs in our school. By these collaborations we have with other clubs, we try to show the huge area that technology may have a big impact on.

For example, with Junior Achievement Club one of our team member, Can İvit, created a product named “Charger Aid”, which was designed a product that prevents charge cable from being eroded.

We also learnt lots of things from these collaborations we had with other teams. For instance, RC Makers and our team worked together in various activities, such as RC Makers Faire and Coding Week. In these events we did together; we learnt how to share, how to enlarge our team and how to use different intelligence in a specific goal.


Other Projects

Advertisement and networking are very important for us since we are trying to spread the innovative spirit and make people aware of what we enjoy doing. To reach more people from the community, we are planning to set up stands in malls and meet new people, introduce ourselves ⎯our team formed by young programmers, engineers and designers. We can reach many people and perhaps inspire them to be a part of our community. We can help them and also get help from them.

This year we change our regionals policy and stay in Turkey in order to make our network even stronger. We will walk on this way with the teams we’re already in touch and with the others we will meet soon! We can’t wait to join the Turkey regionals this year and have fun!