Our Open House at the Regency Park Branch Library Makerspace this past weekend was a great kick off for the start of our 11th season! The goal was to recruit new students from the New Port Richey area for both us, and our little sister team, the FIRST LEGO League Jr. LEGO Pros, as well as to raise awareness of this library based STEM program . We think we did that pretty well!
The Hive is the new 10,000 sq. ft. makerspace at the John F. Germany Library in downtown Tampa, designed by our sponsors, the Eureka Factory, and brought to life by the awesome librarians at the Tampa Hillsborough Public Library System. One of the coolest things about the Hive is the Robotics Center, with a permanent FIRST Tech Challenge field donated by AndyMark, two FIRST LEGO League tables that we built and donated, and outfitted with improvements and custom furniture by one of our team members, Bryce, as his Eagle Scout project.
We’ve helped provide training for library staff, on the FIRST experience, and have helped with FIRST demos and outreach during Hive Open Houses, leading up to the Grand Opening later this year. And now the Hive is even starting its own FIRST LEGO League team!
There have also been two FIRST Training Days held at the Hive this month, with more planned. It’s a great space with lots of resources and opportunities for making and doing.
TDT videographer, Ryder, put together this video during the first Hive Open House back in July. The next open house is August 23, starting at noon.