About Redwoods Wonder Forge

About Redwoods Wonder Forge

Redwoods Wonder Forge is just starting! We aim to create a non-profit that promotes STEM in Del Norte. Our initial project is starting a FIRST team, specifically a FLL team which would accept children in grades 4th-8th grade. We'll keep the blog updated as we make progress!

In 2019, I worked at a coworking space in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. The space sponsored a FIRST Lego League team and I volunteered as a coach. Together, our coaches helped the team of seven kids build and program a robot and take that robot to compete at the regional level.

Our kids practiced so many great skills like teamwork, problem-solving, communicating, and having fun. Although they did not move on to the state level, their robot won a design award and, more importantly, they experienced something truly special. If you've ever been to a FIRST gathering, you know what I'm talking bout.

Kids not only build a robot and solve challenges but also exercise other skills as well. A team is encouraged to create a presentation, usually around a local problem. Competitions not only include the robot and main challenge in their scoring but also the presentation.

Learn more about FIRST with this video:

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