Team SWAG 4060 is looking forward to a great 2016-2017 season!

Our team has made a lot of progress over the summer. We are got a new, high-tech 3D printer, which has helped us substantially with our engineering projects! Our shop bot is also up and running. The CNC machine is ready for use, and we hope to train seven students to use it. We are also extremely excited to say that the robotics team's room in the school is now nearly twice its original size. It's a perfect space for designing, programming, and constructing our robot this season!

We are so glad to have a brand new FTC team that SWAG founded last year, FTC Team 10244. We are excited to help this awesome group of seventh, eighth, and ninth graders learn about science, technology, and engineering through robotics. SWAG mentors will help this FTC team master basic programming, design, construction, and operation of robots. We are so excited to help this team!

Our next big event is in Wilsonville Oregon. Over the summer, we have been fine-tuning our bot. We are ready for a successful competition!


This is shaping up to be a great season for Team SWAG. Programming classes are popular, Summer STEM Academy was a major success, and our community is more excited about STEM than ever! Team SWAG 4060 is incredibly proud to be a part of furthering our community's dedication to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This will be an amazing year.
 
 
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This summer, Team SWAG 4060 hosted an incredibly successful week-long Summer STEM Academy. SWAG team members planned, prepared, and ran this camp from start to finish. They mentored students during the week, helping nearly a hundred students from across Southwest Washington learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This year's theme was "Drone Zone!"

One of the coolest pieces of technology at STEM Academy was the Parrot Bebop Drone. Thanks to our team's generous sponsors, SWAG was able to purchase about 20 of these high-tech unmanned aerial vehicles. Team members taught camp attendees how to operate them. To challenge their skills, campers had to navigate their drones through an obstacle course. 
By the end of the week, many students were experts! 

Students also explored the fundamentals of robotics through constructing and programming LEGO Mindstorms robots. Mentors from Team SWAG helped students master the basics of programming and operation of these easy, but exciting, robots. Campers used the light detection technology in their LEGO Mindstorms bots to navigate an maze. By the end of STEM Academy, campers designed and programmed amazing robots that entered the ring in SumoBot competition!

The camp also featured many other aspects of STEM. Guest speaker Jeff Evans showed campers some amazing ways that science can be used through an entertaining and educational magic show! Every camper also spent a full day on the Centralia College campus exploring biology, chemistry, physics, and other exciting STEM fields. STEM Academy also had an amazing full day field trip hosted by Boeing's Future of Flight Foundation. Through numerous enriching activities, Team SWAG's STEM Academy helped campers experience science in amazing new ways.