One of the best parts about the FIRST program is that it emphasizes and encourages sharing information. Robolution has participated in many outreach events, and the team always learns as much as it shares. On January 10, 2013, Robolution attended a Young Leaders in Healthcare meeting at Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas. The Young Leaders in Healthcare program is designed to provide a forum for high school students to learn about the Health Care System and its breadth of career opportunities, teach leadership skills, provide a service project to make a positive impact on the community, and provide a venue for a student-run competition.
Robolution listened to a presentation on diabetes care and management given by Dr. Athena Philis-Tsmikas, Vice President of the Whittier Institute. It was interesting to learn about the prevalence of diabetes in America, and to see how a retinal scanner works. After that, Robolution presented a power point on the FIRST and FLL programs to a group of about 80 North County High school students. In smaller break-out sessions, Robolution interacted with the audience and demonstrated the robot game, oversaw a teamwork challenge, and explained the basics of dehydration.
Robolution described their project solution to Dr. Andrew Accardi, emergency room physician, Vice Chairperson of the Scripps Memorial Hospital Emergency Room, Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas Director of Education and the Director of the Young Leaders in Healthcare Education Program. Dr. Accardi was very receptive to the idea, and provided valuable feedback to the team. Overall, this was an excellent opportunity for Robolution to take part in and contribute to the larger STEM community.