Past Project

Tomorrow’s Children Institute

To inspire the next generation of STEAM heroes, the books began to be sent internationally. During their two visits to the Tomorrow Children’s Institute at the Hackensack University Medical Center, the Pi-oneers demonstrated the robot and read their children’s book, Lily the Learner. At the first visit, the Pi-oneers met a young girl named Victoria …

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STEM Night Out!

The Pascack Pi-oneers consistently look for new methods to spread the message of FIRST and STEAM. This year they created STEM Night Out, an event where they taught children to create their own solar night light by using important skills such as soldering, wiring a circuit board, the principles of solar power, basic astronomy, teamwork, …

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STEM Heroes

To raise awareness for National Robotics Week, the Pi-oneers created a STEM Heroes display for both high school libraries as well as a featured exhibit at the Hillsdale Library. Included in the displays were books about each hero, videos, movies and other information about Team 1676 and FIRST Robotics. The featured heroes include those whom …

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State Fair

Team 1676 partnered with Team 3142 at the NJ State Fair to demonstrate robots and meet with Congressman Garrett and also to promote Academic Varsity letter status for teams in FIRST.

National Advocacy Conference (NAC)

In June, team representatives attended the FIRST National Advocacy Conference (NAC) hosted by FRC Team 27, RUSH, in Washington, D.C.. They spoke with governors, congressmen and senators to form valuable relationships with their government officials and advocate for STEAM education legislation. Other items discussed at NAC included the positive effect of FIRST on school districts …

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Lily the Learner

In 2013, the team wrote and illustrated a children’s book titled Lily the Learner, which tells the story of a young girl who learns about women in STEAM careers. The team has published Lily the Learner and it is now being sold on the Google Play Store. They have translated the book into nine foreign …

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Library STEAM Programs

The Pi-oneers introduce children to STEAM subjects and FIRST through outreach in the community. Inspiring the next generation of thinkers, doers and achievers is a long-term goal for Team 1676. They host STEAM programs for children at local libraries and for Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops in the community. These programs include readings of …

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Generate My Project Schedule

In 2015, the team presented an app to the Pascack Valley Regional High School District Child Study Department as a tool to help other students. Generate My Project Schedule (GPS) was developed specifically to help students with learning disabilities but can be used by everyone. There are many Pi-oneers who have Individual Education Plans (IEPs) …

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FRC Playmaker

FRC PlayMaker, originally a request from Chief Delphi, is a strategic application that displays a graphic of the FRC game field. Users may draw on the field diagram and add “robot” placeholders to aid in developing match strategies. The app has been downloaded on over 500 Android devices and is updated to accommodate each year’s …

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FIRST Break- Sunday at the Movies

In 2015 the Pi-oneers created FIRST Break-Sunday at the Movies, a fundraiser to benefit the New Jersey Make-A-Wish-Foundation. In partnership with the Westwood Theater, the team hosted the event the weekend between Bag Day and the first FRC Competition, the ‘FIRST Break’ teams have before competing. The Pi-oneers donate proceeds to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of …

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