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,  known as the Rocketeers.


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.

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


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 loves going to the local library, middle school, and elementary school.  When our 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, creative individuals who are committed to the sport

Retro5ive's Outreach Events

Spheros with Girl Scouts

Five of Retro5ive’s members went to Anderson Elementary School to help the young girls learn how to program a Sphero. The girls had the opportunity to speak to the members about their roles on the team as well. Working with these Girl Scouts introduced them to the wonders of STEAM. They were enthusiastic to learn and had a blast with the team! 

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 our website and the various awards our team won during competition season. 

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 the technology. They were able to interact with the team and ask questions about how our robot was created. Outreach events like these are important when establishing ties with the community and promoting younger students to get involved with FIRST.

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. Additionally, we engaged with people interested in the process of building our competitive robot and what our team was all about. 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, hand decorated buttons and informational pamphlets about FRC Robotics were handed out.

The Melvindale Minute

Retro5ive was featured in the Melvindale Minute, documenting our successful rookie year. They highlighted how we overcame the obstacle of having to work out of a science classroom, which we didn’t allow to hold us back! Since we are a Melvindale High School team, the Melvindale Minute was interested in our story. Retro5ive is very active in the Melvindale community, and being featured in the city’s newspaper helped spread knowledge about our team even further.

Wayne County School Board Presentation

Retro5ive was extremely thankful for the opportunity to present in front of the Wayne County School Board. During this presentation, the whole team summarized what FIRST is, what our team has accomplished, and how robotics has positively impacted our academic lives. After the presentation, the team answered any leftover questions and had the chance to show off our competitive robot!

Santa's Secret Workshop

Retro5ive had lots of fun helping build Santa’s Secret Workshop. Our members volunteered  for several weekend to help assemble and position the set. It was a wonderful opportunity to work with the community and make new connections. The team helped kids have a magical experience seeing Santa. We hope to do this again next year.

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