2016/18 - Go Baby Go China and Vietnam

Go Baby Go is a nationwide project that wants to establish roots all over the world, not just the US. Go Baby Go’s main purpose is to re-engineer ride-on-cars for children with mental and physical disabilities in their communities and beyond.

Shockwave acquired their own Chinese ride on car thanks to the occupational therapy department and Sandra Rogers at Pacific University. Our intentions with the car however were different from the universities. We reverse engineered the car to find out how electrical system of the cars worked in China, and to modify it for handicapped children living in orphanages, where the same car can be used for different needs and children sizes. We are making a manual for orphanage workers in China to make their own cars. In China 98% of orphans are disabled.

Additionally, with students at Pacific University, we built disability specific cars for local children. After the cars were finished the children were able to drive around the hallways with their parents and siblings watching and supporting. In a few short hours we were able to better the lives of several young children.

Team 4488 volunteer for the project Go Baby Go in Oregon and has been a important influence of the Go Baby Go in China.

The lack of physical movement experienced by some children decreases brain development and interaction with their peer group. The re-engineered ride-on cars allow children with disabilities who would not otherwise be able to access this type of movement to develop cognitive and social skills at rates similar to their peers.

In the fall, Shockwave acquired their own ride-on car from China thanks to the occupational therapy department and professor Sandra Rogers at Pacific University. Our intentions with the car however were different from the GBG project in US. We reverse engineered the car to find out how the electrical system of the cars worked in China. We modified the car so that it would be adjustable to fit a variety of children living in orphanages in China with various physical needs. We created a manual which is being translated for orphanage workers in China to make their own cars. In China 98% of orphans are disabled so this project has the capacity of helping millions of young people.

Additionally, working this past fall with students at Pacific University, we helped during a GBG Build day, where a group builds disability specific cars for local children. After the cars were finished the children were able to drive around the hallways with their parents and siblings watching and supporting. In a few short hours the GBG group was able to improve the lives of several young children. Send us an email if you are interested in helping in a Build day.

Shockwave members have been in China in 2017 and 2018. They were working with an international team coordinated by Pacific University faculty that is studying availability of resources and training Chinese service providers for Go Baby Go programs in China. The Glencoe students spent three weeks touring the country and helping develop training systems and adapting vehicles for use in local orphanages.

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2014/18 - Mentors Roundtable

The Mentors Roundtable, an event run by Shockwave, assists Portland area mentors to more effectively manage their teams, problem solve, and work better with students. Mentors have the opportunity to discuss how they work on their teams, shared ideas on how to solve problems, and gave tips on how to work with students. The Roundtable also covers how Mentors can help with safety and learned about the new policy put in place by FIRST to protect the students on their teams.

2016 - FLL Summer Camp

With the help of one of our major sponsors, Out of This World Pizza and Play, Shockwave set up an all day, week-long FLL camp during the summer. The camp was taught by members from Shockwave and was open for children of ages 5 to 12. During the event, Shockwave demonstrated our 2014 robot and taught the campers about operating small and large-scale robots. Other sponsors have aided the team through providing opportunities and supporting our robot production.

2013/15 - FRC Business Roundtable

During our fall club season, Shockwave runs the Business Roundtable. This event is open for FRC teams to gather and attend multiple discussions focused exclusively on the business aspects of the program, with emphasis on sustainable fundraising. Guest speakers from both the FIRST and business community present public relations and fundraising strategies to dedicated FRC students who network and share information between teams.

2013-2014 - Shockwave Members Mentor a Jr.FLL Team

Our team aided Finley Elementary’s Jr. FLL Team during their rookie year by mentoring the young kids on robotics and the engineering design process in general. Our students voluntarily watched over the excited and energetic children, assisted in teaching them key concepts, and created useful PowerPoint presentations that were presented to further educate the Jr. FLL team.

2016 - Artosaur

Shockwave collaborated with local artist, and the director of Creative Hillsboro, Christine Martell to build a STEAM project. The project we built, titled "Artosaur", is a six foot tall robotic dinosaur that debuted in the local Fourth of July parade alongside Shockwave members. Artosaur circulates the ideas of STEM while redefining the concept of art. As a result of this collaboration, we have expanded our relationships with local businesses and members of the community. Artosaur has been featured in several community events, such as the Oregon Air Show and childrens events at the local library. With Shockwave's assistance, Artosaur has received a grant from the city of Hillsboro worth $6,500 to assist in Shockwave's collaboration with Creative Hillsboro. Shockwave progressively aims to have a strong relationship with our community and we believe that we can accomplish this goal with the help of Artosaur. Since Artosaur's debut, it has continuously sparked interest in art and other STEAM aspects among kids in our community, and has currently interacted with over one thousand children.

2013 - Hillsboro Mayor Willey visits ShockWave 4488

The Bag and Tag ceremony held on February 19th signifies the end of the build season. Each FIRST robotics team is required to stop all building operations and pack their robot away for the competition. The team is not allowed to further improve the robot to benefit them during the FIRST competition. To celebrate this milestone, Shockwave held a public celebration that included Hillsboro Mayor Jerry Willie, Washington County Commission Chair Andy Duyck, Intel Corporate Affairs Manager Jill Eiland, and 4 of Hillsboro's 6 school board members. Shockwave's celebration included an exposition of our FRC robots and FTC and FLL demonstrations from local FIRST teams.

mayor Mayor at the Bag and Tag Robotics Celebration Party

2012-2013 - W.L. Henry Elementary School Lego Team mentored by Glencoe 4488

This activity is sponsored by the Glencoe FRC Robotics Team and is led by 3-5 Glencoe Team 4488 students. They meet every Monday, helping the Henry kids work in groups to build robots, program them to perform special routines, and then compete to meet challenges.

FLL Team
4488 founder of the Henry FLL Team

2012/13 - FTC Qualifying Tournament hosted by 4488

"FRC Team #4488 will be the first FRC team organizing an FTC QT in a named leadership role. Very adventurous for a rookie team." Cathy Swider, Project Administrator Industry Affairs, Oregon University System Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program

2012/2014 - Poynter FLL Qualifying Tournament

Team 4488 organized and volunteered this important FLL qualifying tournament.

FLL Tournament
FLL Tournament

Jr.FLL Qualifying Tournament

Team members of Team 4488 were pleased to volunteer as project reviewers at the Oregon JFLL tournament.

JFLL Tournament
Jr.FLL Tournament

Hillsboro School District Presentation and Hillsboro Rotary Club Presentation

Team Shockwave has presented to the Hillsboro Rotary Club and to the Hillsboro School Board to share our success at the Autodesk Oregon Qualification Tournament and to describe the community support we are providing through our outreach program. Meeting with business leaders and policy makers such as these builds awareness among important leaders and sends the message that FIRST Robotics programs build healthy hearts and strong minds in the future workforce.