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Our Impact on Gaston and Lincoln County

        Over the past five years, our team has become an active part of Gaston and Lincoln county. As the only robotics team in this area, one of our main goals has been to spread the lessons of FIRST. Through various community outreach events, such as the Catawba River STEM Festival and North Carolina Science Fair, our team has taught STEM activities and sparked an interest in science and math for children and adults. At our school (Mountain Island Charter), we have held several robotics camps to teach children about FIRST Lego League. We have also volunteered at STEM-related events with local colleges such as UNC Charlotte. Our team has partnered with our school’s Girl Scout Troop to help them obtain several STEM related badges. We have also started hosting coding classes where troop members have started learning some of the simpler coding languages like SCRATCH.

         Our school recognized our team as a varsity team allowing us to be able to spread the FIRST message even more prominently through our school. In the past we mentored and coaches two FIRST Lego League teams on our campus.  

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