NEAAAT FRC team at FIRST Legislative Showcase

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NEAAAT Middle Grades FLL Team Meets Lt. Governor Dan Forest at the inaugural FIRST Legislative Showcase held at the N.C. Museum of Natural History on Feb. 27. Shown (l-r) are Ahmya Rivera, Mikiah Powell, Gabrielle Hoskins, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, NEAAAT Executive Director of STEM and FRC Coach Tonya Little and Hailee Williamson.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Northeast Academy for Aerospace and Advanced Technologies' For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics Competition and FIRST LEGO League participated in the inaugural FIRST Legislative Showcase held at the N.C. Museum of Natural History on Feb. 27.

Students shared their personal stories and experiences by emphasizing the impact FIRST has had on their growth in STEM, professional skills, their school, and community. Students and coaches also were advocates for legislative action to support FIRST Robotics in North Carolina.

Marie Hopper, president of NC FIRST, said that the event made an impact and despite the rain, over 20 N.C. senators and representatives attended the event.  

NEAAAT students heard from Rep. D. Craig Horn and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, who shared his personal interests in aerospace and told the crowd of students representing FRC and FLL teams from across the state that the outcomes of their research and engineering designs are for the outcome of all because they truly are the future of STEM. NC State Superintendent Mark Johnson was also a speaker at the event. 

As a result of presenting at the Legislative Showcase Day, NEAAAT's FLL team representatives were asked to present at the Wake County FRC Tournament being held at Holly Springs High School, Holly Springs, NC March 8-10, 2019. The Holly Springs FRC tournament will be the first FRC tournament for NEAAAT's high school FRC team, the Robo-Banditos.

The NEAAAT FRC robotics team is sponsored by the following: Elizabeth City State University Department of Technology grant funding (NASA, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Golden LEAF Foundation NC Space Grant), Duke Energy, Piedmont Natural Gas, Argosy Foundation, and NEAAAT.

NEAAAT First Lego League Middle Grades Create Video

Members of the NEAAAT FIRST LEGO League middle grades robotics team have created a video that placed them in the voting round of the Spark Biogen Foundation Video Contest. Team members converted part of their award-winning research skit into a video that was submitted for the contest.

Middle schools and high schools from Massachusetts and North Carolina were given the opportunity to submit a three-minute video about biotechnology from Sept.14 - Jan. 10. Six NC middle school videos were chosen for the public voting round.

These videos will be posted online for public voting from March 1st to March 31st at https://spark.biogenfoundation.com

NEAAAT FLL team members featured in the video are Mikiah Powell, Hailee Williamson, Ahmya Rivera, and Gabrielle Hoskins. Currently, NASA has had plants that encountered environmental stressors. This has had a negative impact on their growth in space. The students propose bioengineering plants to contain gene sequences coding for proteins that enable the plants to grow successfully.