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Team 3494 The Quadrangles, located in Bloomington, Indiana, may think they’re a bunch of squares; however, they don’t think you have to be a square to be a Quadrangle. People, as well as ideas, can come in all shapes and sizes, but all can take the form of a Quadrangle. The team’s mission statement since their rookie season eight years ago includes inspiring “high school students to develop a strong foundation of applicable skills and knowledge in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business through participation in an innovative robotics program that introduces collaborative project-oriented challenges in preparation for future professional careers.” This rings just as true today through our mentors’ and students’ commitment …show more content…
Upon the discovery of an issue with one idea, they always have another one to try. One challenge faced by almost every team is deciding how to better increase awareness of FIRST in their community. The Quadrangles combat this issue by presenting their robots at four local schools, as well as at the Bloomington Housing Authority Street Fair, the Kiwanis Club Balloon Festival, the NSWC Crane naval research base, Barnes & Noble, and the Monroe County Public Library. These presentations often take the form of a “robospace” where participants can be hands on with the team’s robots by controlling small ones and asking any possible questions about them, which are answered by team members. At each of these events, their robots inevitably captivate people of all ages and there is commonly a barrage of questions about FIRST. In addition to giving demonstrations, the team also volunteers their skills within the community. At the conclusion of this season, the students will build a drive base for NSWC Crane which will be utilized for prototype development. At the conclusion of the design, the team will present it to Navy personnel at the Naval Innovative Science and Engineering presentation in August. The Quadrangles are unafraid to find unique ways to engage with their

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