Code Red Robotics Serves Ithaca Community

September 16, 2014
Code Red Robotics Serves Ithaca Community
Throughout the summer, Ithaca High School’s FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Team 639 Code Red Robotics has been active in countless ways in the community.  Code Red Robotics members display their commitment over the summer as well as during the school year, taking action by volunteering in events such as the Cayuga Lake Triathlon, Dump and Run Sale, and Taughannock Falls State Park Clean-up; as well as by doing demonstrations at locations such as the Sciencenter, the Tompkins County Public Library, and the New York State Fair.  “Unwavering commitment shines through the actions of these young individuals as they give up their time in order to give back to the community and inspire the young engineers and scientists of the future.” says Katie Henderson, Code Red Robotics Public Relations Officer.
Volunteering has always been important to this Ithaca High School club, and this summer was no exception.  At the Cayuga Lake Triathlon, Code Red members volunteered their time in order to give back to the community, signing up to help to ensure that the event ran as smoothly as possible.  At the Dump and Run Sale that occurred at Cornell University, Code Red members volunteered to assist in the set-up and running of the massive event.  While helping out at Taughannock Falls State Park, members assisted in the clearing of trails.
Along with volunteering, Ithaca High School’s Code Red Robotics members have been doing many demonstrations in order to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists, and inform the community of their actions.  At the Sciencenter, Code Red Robotics did a demonstration for an Engineering Summer Camp as well as a Saturday Showtime, explaining what their team does, demonstrating the capabilities of their most recent robot, and providing interested children with a way to get involved in its international organization, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).  At the Tompkins County Public Library, Code Red Robotics students played a role in the Maker Expo, displaying the regional competition-winning robot they created during the 2013-2014 build season.  Code Red Robotics ended the summer by attending the New York State Fair, informing the fairgoers of the team’s actions, and inspiring the children attending the fair to join FIRST teams in their area, or even start their own teams.
After a busy summer of community service and local demonstrations, Code Red Robotics will be maintaining their active role in the community by participating in events such as State Parks Clean-Ups.  In addition, they will be doing local demonstrations at locations such as the local elementary schools, Purity Ice Cream, the Ithaca Mall, and the Kids Book Fest at Boynton Middle School.
Code Red Robotics receives generous support from the community and local companies. Sponsors include Rheonix, Autodesk, BAE Systems, BorgWarner Morse TEC, CBORD, Cayuga Family Medicine, Cayuga Medical Center, Cognitive TPG, Cornell University Center for Computational Sustainability, Cornell University Computing & Information Science, Cornell University College of Engineering, Datapoint Labs, GORGES, M&T Bank, NASA Glenn Research Center, Sciarabba Walker, Tetra Tech, Tompkins Trust Company, Vector Magnetics, AccuFab, Incodema, Innovative Metal Works, U-Haul of Ithaca, Ithaca City School District, ICSD Board of Education, Ithaca High School, IPEI and IthacaSTEM Advocates.

FIRST Code Red Robotics, an Ithaca High School student organization, is an associate of Ithaca STEM Advocates, an affiliate of the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI). IPEI is a not-for-profit organization that believes the education of every ICSD student is enhanced through community connections and support facilitated by IPEI for students and teachers through engagement, collaboration, gifts, and grants. More information about Ithaca STEM Advocates and IPEI can be found at and

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Katie Henderson
Public Relations Officer
Code Red Robotics
FIRST Team 639





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