Recycling news paper and batteries
People don't realise the damge they do polluting and they do this with every day items that are found in any house. For example batteries they really seem to be harm less but it's impresive what kind of components it has some of them can even cause cancer! Thats why we need to manage them the rigth way.
News paper is a material you can recycle but people don;t do it we need to recycle it so we don't have to cut more trees to print new ones.
Opening new teams
Since we love the experience we get from being in a STEM team, we have dedicated a lot of time to creating new teams. We have made fundraisings (collecting $5,000+ USD) and we use the money to completely or partially sponsor new teams. We also have a “Bears-Tour” in which we go to lots of schools each year to tell our experiences and to promote the creation of teams.
Conferences and expos
For us it is very important transmit to society what we have learned thanks to Bears. Because of this, we constantly give conferences and participate in expos (like NI Days and a demo show at the WTC) we this we achieve that more people get involved and that they support a STEM project like ours.
Shared robots
We want competition to evolve to a higher level. This is why we continuously post in all our social networks and website, photos, videos, and programs (soon 3d models) of all our robot´s mechanisms. This way teams (and any educational institution) can use our ideas and become inspired by them. This also includes the UOD, a complete kit with everything you need to build an OMNI Drivetrain, all the way from building instructions to programming files.
Translated by bears
Being in a Spanish-speaking country, we’ve seen other Mexican teams having trouble understanding STEM organization’s communicator. That is why in Bears we have committed to translate to Spanish every document, manual and videos about the challenge and general emitted by them. They can be found on the download part of our web page, and are marked with a bear.
conBEARsations
We love the sense of community we have with other robotics teams. To amplify this we have dedicated support email addresses (which have helped 100+ teams from 10+ countries). We also are starting to host regular Google+ Hangouts with other teams to comment our opinions on different aspects of the teams.
Score a paper
With time we have realized that one of the most types of waste in our school is generated by paper. Our solution was to put a basketball hoop in all the classrooms of our school. This makes recycling fun for them because instead of throwing the paper ball on the floor they throw it at the hoop.
Recycling batteries
Batteries contain elements that are harmful for the environment, that is why to avoid batteries mixing up with trash we’ve laid red containers in key points of our school. In this containers the students, teachers and parents can put their dead batteries. Afterwards they will be taken to a specialized collection center y they can be recycle.
Throw your books
“Throw your books” is a campaign from the Green Brigade at our school that with Bears support, they have as an objective to spread to the students a culture of the recycling of school materials. Every end of the year the students of the whole school deposit or “throw” their books and used notebooks in that school year in containers in key places of the school. The school supplies are separated, the ones that are still good are donated to be reused and the other ones are recycled.
Blanket collection
Mexico is a country with a very diverse climate, and in the winter the center zone is really cold. That is why every winter we do a blanket collection, were generously the parents, students and teachers donate blankets to people that have less resources in our community.
UniBEARSity
Educational programs, which have STEM as a base and our doorway to inspiring youth at our school and on a national level. Our UniBEARSity campaigns are dedicated to reaching into young boys and girls from around the country, to help them find STEM and, if its their passion, follow their newfound dream. We’ve begun with our own teams, we have an integral project for our school and finally we have a program which we expect will reach children in all of Mexico.
Mentoring the young ones
Bears is a community of teams, of which 5 are for kids from 5 to 14 (2 from jr. FLL, 2 from VEX IQ and 1 from FLL) their coaches are the bigger members of Bears ( who participate as students in VRC and FTC). This way the bigger members transmit what they learned in their years of robotics to the little, they gain experience and responsibility by having a student, and the sense of a great family grows by making all the members at Bears interact with each other.
The Cubs

The team is worried about BEARS and FIRST in the future, but most important of all are children of our community, we hope they grow to do something STEM-related, but while they’re having fun and they get to show their ideas to the world. Because of this, every year, we mentor FLL teams, and pilot teams in Jr. FLL (we call them LEGO apprentice). This year while mentoring FLL teams we made it our goal to teach them the value of being in an organization like FIRST, we also taught them about some of the FLL core-values, such as friendship, teamwork, we taught them about FIRST’s Gracious Professionalism and how to display it, but most important we showed them that we, even if we’re their coaches, don’t have all the answers, that we keep on learning just like they do, and sometimes they will teach us. The FLL classes are twice a week and we work on different little projects but we focus in each season’s FLL challenge. In this year’s WORLD CLASS, one of our senior memBEARS was coach: Erwin. He gave it all for his team and dedicated his whole senior season to his FLL children. He showed this commitment in the tournaments and in the FLL National Championship he was recognized with the Young Mentor award. Although his team didn’t manage to qualify due to Champion’s award, he was given a pass to the World Championship and his team will be competing in April.

Another memBEAR, Queen, is coaching a team of even younger children who are eager to learn and get involved in tech-related projects, here in LEGO apprentice they can build their ideas and share them with people of their/our community. We also support ourselves in the website nxtprograms.com so we can teach them with small fun projects, plus bringing their own creations to life. Thus, stimulating their creativity and helping them discover love for STEM. And when they grow up a little more, they’ll be ready for FLL.

Both of these classes are twice a week.

App Development Classes

This suite of apps was designed and developed by Bears for every robotics team in FIRST. There is an app for every level of competition tailored to serve its needs. It includes a scouting tool, an easy-to-use scorekeeper, and so much more

We started in 2014 giving out iOS Development classes to kids in between the age of twelve and sixteen years old. These classes were a huge success given that 25 kids enrolled this year.

Ever since we had the idea, we started planning these sessions and working on Keynote presentations to have cool and interesting classes. On our first day we taught the kids everything about programming basics, just like: If Statements, While Loops, Math Operators, Variable Types and more. After that we started getting into the basics of iOS Development and all of the students were truly fascinated with the course.

Every time we finished the theory part of the class we did a Demo Console Program or App so the kids could apply everything they just learned and could show their parents and friends what they have been doing.

After showing all the basics we started getting into pretty hard stuff, like Core Data, Graphic Animations and what everyone loved... Games!

So far we have developed three cool “copied themed” games: a type of Doodlejump, a Rock, Paper & Scissors and a Tic-Tac-Toe. The kids love these types of activities because while they are learning how to program, they have fun.

Without a doubt we will continue giving out these classes!

Tech Summer Camp
Since 2005 we organize a Summer Camp for kids between 5 and 14 years, for 3 weeks they learn about technology in general. The topics have included robotics ( with TETRIX, LEGO, VEX, and VEX IQ), general sciences, digital animation, special effects creation, design of digital comics and the development of video-games. Since 2012 the Tech Summer Camp has been in 2 locations simultaneously to maximize the number of children impacted( approx. 150 each year). It is very common that students like the course so much, that they decide to join the team for the rest of the year.
Robotics in the School Curriculum

Centro Escolar Cedros, our main sponsor, was one of the first schools in Mexico to believe that younglings had the potential to change the world, that’s why since FIRST Mexico began, they have put their trust in FIRST.

During 10 years of team trajectory, we’ve shown that robotics goes far beyond just building robots, belonging to a robotics team helps the school accomplish its mission in a way they would have never expected. Directives have noticed that the students that attend the robotics workshop and are active members in the different school’s representative teams: know how to work in teams, deal better with adversities and problems they encounter, solve problems faster and in unexpected ways, they’re more creative, they’re constant, respectful, ordered and have a considerably improved knowledge. This is why the school directives in collaboration with team members and former team members, have poured all their efforts in consolidating a way to incorporate robotics into the curriculum.

In 2012-2013, we had a pilot in which we had a whole class a week to 3rd grade students trying to find what the school needed in order to incorporate to the curriculum a formal robotics class. During this pilot year, we got over 160 kids involved.

After a year of hard work, the school decided to get together a selected group pedagogues, education workers, and former team members to analyze the collected data and work on a formal project that involves the whole school, from 1st grade all the way to 9th grade. Today, we know it is planned to formalize robotics as a class in 1st grade as soon as the 2014-2015 school year begins, impacting more than 160 kids directly and having it as a curricular class until 9th grade, it’s also planned to progressively incorporate in 2015-2016 in 4th grade, with a foreseen impact of over 640 kids, and in 2016-2017 in 7th grade (junior high school) for a foreseen impact of over 1100 kids.

PRISMA

There is a direct relation between technologic innovation in a society, and it's growrh and welfare potential. In Mexico, an unfortunate, stereotypical misconsception of science and technology has caused popular interest to grow apart from these subject, thus setting us behind in innovation.

We need STEM in Mexico, and people with interest and instruction in it, to initiate a virtuous cycle, breaking the chain of poverty.

Our objective with Prisma, is to nourish the youth's interest in STEM, making new technology accessible and comprehensible to a broader public. Through quick, practical, fun lessons, we intend to get the kids and teenagers in Mexico involved in STEM, in such a way they can have a positive impact on their society. If you wish to find out more about Prisma, check our Bears’ Extras Binder.

GoBEARnment

STEM in Mexico has a very unfortunate image, as a result of various stereotypes associated with those who pursue a career in science or engineering. This leads the attention of our youth away from these subjects, in fear of being related to these sad stereotypes. We are changing this. Through frequent appearance in diverse media, we are gradually getting the attention of kids and teens around the country. By appearing side by side, collaborating with diverse politicians and entrepreneurs, we aim to create an association between STEM and political and economical success, rather tan social failure.

In Mexico we need technological innovation, and people with interest and instruction in it, to kickstart a virtuous cycle which breaks the currently ongoing chain of poverty. This is our aim in several outreach projects, such as Prisma.

To achieve this, we are coming in contact with the scientific, entrepreneurial, and political communities. This is why we are constantly participating in expos like NI Days, giving conferences at educational institutions (like at UAM, Liceo del Valle, Fundación Azteca), and reaching out to our governmental representatives (we have even visited our president in his private residence).

Politically, we had the opportunity to visit Mexico’s President in his official residence of Los Pinos to showcase our robots, and FIRST with fellow Start Alliance FRC team 2283. As a consequence of this, we managed to get the president to mention FIRST robotics teams in his yearly Presidential Address. We as well reached out to a ministry of the National Electoral Institute, and gave him a tour of our Headquarters and explained our robot to him. Finally, we were honored with a “Premio a la Juventud” award, which is given to young people who carry out transcendental projects by the governor of the Federal District.

As for companies and engineers, besides attending to expos, and having them sponsoring us, we develop special relationships with them, where they get involved in STEM. A couple of examples include when we had a private meeting with Microsoft Mexico’s Director, who liked Bears so much, that besides making us the first Latin American team sponsored by Microsoft, he decided to donate to us money of his own. We were as well the first team in Mexico to be sponsored by National Instruments, the first FTC Latin American team to be sponsored by Google, and the first Latin American team to develop a partnership with Oracle. This are just a couple of examples of how we impact the way big brands think of STEM.

In collaboration with one of our most recent sponsors, the Fondo Mixto de Promoción Turística, we’ll become part of our city (which is the country’s capital)’s image for science and technology. This is because our government is actively trying to change how the city’s youth perceives science and technology, we’ll be in constant contact with them to help out with campaigns they’ll promote and to promote our team.

Also this year, we will be a really frequent appearance on TV all over Mexico. Prisma, one of our most recent outreach projects, will be transmited through both national and educational television. This means we will be in the study plan of every telesecondary in Mexico, with an audience of 1,255,760 kids and teens. Also, we will be in the screens of 94% the homes in Mexico, giving us a potential audience of 108.7 million people. Along with the 26 clips we will be broadcasting on tv. we will be transmiting a weekly radio show, in which we will be talking about the latest techonlogical and scientific breakthroughs. With this proyect we intend to make technology comprehensible and accesible to a broader public, nourishing the youth´s interest in technology and innovation, and motivating them to research and apply what they´ve learned on their own.

Transmissions

Currently, in Mexican Eucational Television there are programs dedicated to science and technology, but these don´t seem to generate any interest in STEM among their audience. We found two recurring problems with this shows, which Prisma focuses in fixing. First of all, they are dedicated to transmit theorical knowledge which is extremely different to relate to daily life, such as industrial processes, or how water is handled in Mexico City. Furthermore, the shows are conducted by adult vocies over footage of whatever they are talking about, thus making it virtually imposible to relate to them.

Prisma will be 15 minute clips, conucted by teens and young adults, giving practical courses which present technology in a fun, usefull, relatable way. We aim to inspire the youth, and move them to inform themselves in STEM and apply their knowledge in such a way they impact their community.

As the final part of this season’s Government cooperation, we’re in talks with SEMARNAT (Secretaria de Medio Ambiente y Recusos Naturales, or Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources) to have our Growl Your World Environmental Campaigns promoted in more schools.