Mini-Machine

TMM developed the Mini Machine (MiM) program, which provides Mean Machine students as mentors for six FLL teams and one FTC team. Of the FLL teams being mentored, four were established by TMM to bring the FIRST experience to younger students. The 2015-2016 school year has grown into the most productive year of FLL and FTC assistance by an FRC team that has ever observed in SW Washington. In the winter of 2015, TMM hosted the first FLL scrimmage in SW Washington to give FLL teams the liberty to prepare for their upcoming competition. Thirteen TMM students spent seventy-four hours organizing, setting up, and conducting the scrimmage. A few weeks later, TMM hosted and staffed the official qualifying tournament, which was attended by seventeen teams. TMM students filled every volunteer position available, including setup, tear down, judging, refereeing, and supporting the teams. Almost 200 hours were put in over the course of the tournament by students dedicated to inspiring the younger students via FIRST. This year alone has seen tremendous success in MiM. The FTC team 6559 of only 10 members went to the FTC West Super Regional and FLL team 19146 to the Western Washington State FLL Championship. They have won in areas like the Robot Design, FTC Motivate, and FTC Inspire Award. The guiding by TMM has fashioned a group of kids passionate about robotics and S.T.E.M., inspiring them to become heroes on their own level.