Team Tianium has made it a top priority to promote FLL in our community. This program not only inspires younger students to become engineers, it also teaches them about FIRST and inspires them to be involved in our FRC teams in the future.
We have mentored elementary teams since they were first introduced in Lee’s Summit. Our mentoring support for three early teams in 2008 helped awareness of FLL grow in our district. Due in part to our support, FLL was chosen for the elementary gifted education program in our district, called ASPIRE. After a trial year, FLL was added to the curriculum for all eighteen elementary ASPIRE classes. This was a quantum leap of growth for FLL in our community, and presented our team with even more opportunity and demand for our mentoring.
In 2009, we doubled our mentoring effort to six individual elementary teams. Groups of 2 to 3 Team Titanium members visited ASPIRE FLL teams at their schools on a regular schedule as they prepared for their tournaments. In addition to these teams, we coached the “Junior Falcons”, a group of non-ASPIRE students that had been to our summer program, and wanted to form a team of their own.
In 2010 year we helped start the Timberbots at Trailridge Elementary. We introduced over 40 new students to FIRST and formed 3 new FLL teams. Our team members mentored these teams two afternoons per week, through 2 rumbles and a trophy at the Regional Tournament.
In 2011, Team Titanium started the team Team Aluminum. Team Aluminum is made up of younger siblings of Team Titanium. Team Aluminum is supported and mentored by Team Titanium members.
“Our experience with them was exceptional. They were always prompt, kind, encouraging, helpful, and asked probing questions which helped students really think about what they were doing. We could not have been successful without their amazing effort. Please know that your school was represented with honor by these amazing young men.”
-Linda Beebe-Boring, Hawthorne Hill Elem. teacher
“We are so thankful for the amazing support from Team Titanium, we would not have been able to offer this program to as many students, nor would we have had such a successful year. The Titanium mentors built a wonderful, respectful relationship with our students.”
- Jayne Hartwig, Trailridge Elem. teacher