NEOHBots September 2015 Newsletter #1

NEOHBots News



FIRST robotics programs in Northeast Ohio to inspire students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

It’s hard to believe we’re beginning a brand new school year. Students are back in school, brandishing new pencils, markers, shoes, and books. They’re getting to know their new teachers and catching up with friends they didn’t see over the summer break. Pre-K through College parents are all wondering where the time went, but students of all ages are energized and ready for what the new year will bring.

Parents and students alike should recognize the acronym “STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), but may, or may not, be as familiar with NEOHBots. The purpose for NEOHBots is to reach out to our Northeast Ohio students and parents to discuss the importance of student and community participation in programs like FIRST Lego League.

NEOHBots and FIRST Lego League are getting today’s students interested in STEM fields. STEM students are our future doctors, engineers, teachers, and inventors. It is imperative to give these students early exposure to fields that may not, at first glance, be seen as “exciting” or “fun”.

Students may not get crazy about an A+ on their last Algebra Exam, but building a robot? That’s exciting!

FIRST’s Mission: “Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.”

NEOHBots News

Trash: IT’S EVERYWHERE! The storage, collection and processing of our waste materials is a challenge that scientists and engineers are all facing today and now, it’s up to our Trash Trek Teams to think of innovative solutions!

The focus of this year’s Robot Game is to get the team’s autonomous robot to complete as many mission as possible!

Teams competing in Trash Trek will attempt the following missions:

Mission 1: Using Recycled Materials. Teams can use some discarded materials from another team for their team’s use.

Mission 2: Methane. Methane is a by- product of landfills and can be used as a source of energy. Teams will collect Methane from around the board.

Mission 3: Transport. Wasted materials have to go somewhere! Teams will move materials to where they belong.

Mission 4: Sorting. Teams will need to sort materials between recyclable and non- recyclable.

Mission 5: Careers. That trash is not going to process itself, get the scientists, engineers, and technicians to work!

Mission 6: Scrap Cars. Teams need to

figure out if they’ll fold and scrap the car, or fix it, good as new!

Mission 7: Cleanup. Plastic bags pose a health hazard for our environment. Teams will need to collect the plastic bags from the board.

Mission 8: Composting. Organic waste doesn’t need to decompose in vain! Get the compost process started.

Mission 9: Salvage. Move valuable items from the demolition site.

Mission 10: Demolition. Teams will knock down the building, then figure out what do to with the materials left over.

Mission 11: Purchasing Decision. Teams want to purchase a toy, but need to make that decision based on the packaging of the toy.

Mission 12: Repurposing. Ever heard that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure?hat applies in Trash Trek, too! Use an item that may be wasted (packaging from toy) and the compost to create a flower box.

That’s it! Team’s robots will be gliding through the Trash Trek Missions sooner than you think. Trask Trek Teams – Remember to use your coaches, mentors, and each other if you get stuck. Most importantly – HAVE FUN!!


  • September 19 – Workshop at LCCC from 9:00 – 3:00 pm, Contact: Mike Substelny at
  • Coaches/Mentor Roundtable September 21 at 5pm at Burntwood Tavern in Lyndhurst RSVP to
  • September 26 – Workshop at Rockwell, Register at
  • November 7 – Trash Trek Rally and Test Run, Register at this link: Trash Trek Rally and Test Run or contact Karen Plaster at with questions.



FIRST Lego League volunteers are 8,000+ strong. From college students, to teachers, to parents, to FIRST alumni, sponsors, and friends, FLL volunteers embark on their own journey, learning and growing along with the FLL participants. FLL Volunteers can mentor and help teams through coaching, judge or volunteer at a FLL event! Each FLL event takes the coordinator, teamwork, and leadership of many individuals. We need you! Sign Up Today