Getting Students Involved in STEAM

Helping Grow FIRST


FIRST LEGO League Jr.* is designed to introduce STEM concepts to kids ages 6 to 10 while exciting them through a brand they know and love − LEGO®.

Retro5ive has successfully established an FLL JR. Team in Melvindale.


FIRST LEGO League* teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, then compete on a table-top playing field.


FIRST Tech Challenge teams (up to 15 team members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format.

Retro5ive has established a FTC Team in Melvindale, know as Strong Robotics.

Retro5ive love going to our local library, middle school, and elementary school.  When out team goes to these local areas, we are determined to get students involved in the world of FIRST and STEAM. FIRST could always use bright, intelligent individuals who are committed to the sport

Retro5ive's Outreach Events

Spheros with Girl Scouts

In February, five of Retro5ive’s members went to Anderson Elementary School as part of our outreach program. Once there, the team helped the young girls learn how to program a Sphero. Working with these Girl Scouts introduced them to the wonders of STEAM. They were enthusiastic to learn and had a blast with the team! 

Our team also helped Boy Scouts work on their Pinewood Derby Cars. The build and electrical team provided guidance and any assistance needed. 

Build Day with Youths

Our team loves to inspire young students to join FIRST. On Build Day with Youths, we invite over elementary students to show them what out team has been working on. These students have the chance to learn about design, build, programming, and wiring. We also teach them how to safely use tools and the process of building a robot.  

Engineering Day

Retro5ive set up a station at our high school’s annual Engineering Day. We allowed students to drive our robot and speak to members about what our team does. Events like these help us recruit members for the future. It also exposes our team brand to other businesses and colleges. We showcased the various awards our team won during competition season. Additionally, our team’s website was on display for students to browse through.

Family Tech Time at the Melvindale Public Library

Family Tech Time is way to promote FIRST and STEAM in the community. Our team took our robot and spheros to introduce students to technology. Outreach events like these are important when establishing ties with the community.

Rocking with Robots

During this event, elementary students were introduced to STEAM and FIRST Robotics. Our team taught the students about the engineering process by leading them through the following three stations: FIRST Robotics Competition Demo, Robotics Competitions, and Robotics Teams. The second station ran by Retro5ive gave the students the opportunity to implement what they learned.

Barnes and Noble Fair

We partnered with Barnes and Noble for a book fair. We received a portion of the total profit they made from this event. Partnering with businesses is a great way to fund raise for our team. 

Melvindale Days Showcase

Every year, Melvindale organizes a carnival known as Melvindale Days. Hundreds of people go within the week and have tons of fun! Retro5ive set up a tent near the entrance and we sold our merchandise.  Additionally, informational pamphlets about FRC Robotics were handed out.

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