The Xavier robotics team wasted no time in doing a community service project.
On the second day of school, the Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown was the recipient of 457 items, amounting to 597 pounds of food.
“I wanted to take a minute to thank all of the team members that participated in this service effort, as well as send a special thank you to parents that assisted in driving all around the state to collect donated items,” junior Spencer Thompson, one of the team captains, wrote in an email to the team. “This commitment and dedication to service is a huge part of our team's identity and only makes us a stronger FIRST team. These are difficult times for so many right now, and our team has shown that we can make a positive impact on our community.”
On Wednesday Thompson said that it was important, amid COVID-19, to help people suffering the most. The team brainstormed ideas and came up with the food drive.
The robotics team is having meetings by Zoom. The builders and programmers are thinking of designs for the robots. The business plan and more community outreach also are being worked on. There will be virtual competitions this year.
“FIRST will offer event options with the FIRST Remote Event Hub,” according to its website. “It will make the experience as close as possible to a traditional FIRST program event for teams and volunteers, with the necessary modifications to accommodate a remote environment.”
The FullMetal Falcons 4557 will be ready.