Team 195’s Community Involvement Team 195’s personal mission statement is “to bring the celebration of science and technology to the forefront of our community.” Chasing this goal, we ride a FIRST Robotics float in our annual Apple Harvest Parade and hosted our own District Event in 2014, where people from all walks of life came to experience the brilliance of engineering. In 2014, the CyberKnights found out that our county’s SWAT robot was broken. Of course, the CyberKnights were proud to help our boys in blue- we machined new mounting brackets, installed AV equipment, and fixed their programming, successfully putting their robot back in action.
The CyberKnights latest mission is to “serve those who served first,” our veterans. Without the freedoms that our veterans blessed us with, we could not chase our dreams. To express our appreciation for their sacrifice, we write hundreds of Christmas letters to service members, visit over 90 elderly veterans in several care facilities, serve as waiters at an annual veteran’s appreciation dinner, and participated in a veterans clothing drive. In 2014, we raised over $250 for support of the Wounded Warrior project and collaborated with the Fisher House to raise more funds for wounded veterans. We have also sent care packages to soldiers in Afghanistan, collected bottles for an Eagle Scout to build a veteran’s memorial garden, and maintained veteran’s gravestones in our community. Most recently, we have embarked on our most ambitious veteran’s project yet: building a national monument recognizing the Laotian soldiers who sacrificed their lives to save Americans during the Vietnam War.