Just coming off of their regular season of competitions and getting ready for the off season, team members of the Girard RoboCats robotics team helped entertain seniors during National Older Americans Day at the Girard MultiGenerational Center.
Area senior citizens were treated to a chicken luncheon from Buena Vista Cafe and a sundae bar provided by Southern Care Hospice of Austintown.
Following the lunch, guests were entertained with a demonstration by the frisbee-tossing robot followed up by a balloon race where competitors ran across the gymnasium floor and sat on balloons in an attempt to be the first to break them.
The Girard RoboCats demonstrated their frisbee-throwing robot for guests at the Girard MultiGenerational Center last month during National Older Americans Day. For their competition wins this season, the team was presented a proclamation presented by Judge Jeff Adler of the Girard Municipal Court. Pictured from left are: Judge Jeff Adler; robotics team adviser and public relations, Ashraf Hadi; Aaron Scotts; Maisie Claypoole; Sierra Gamble; Nick Walker; and robotics adviser, Judy Barber.
The RoboCats are gearing up for their annual seven-day camp this month where new members will be trained to replace the 2013 graduating seniors.
''We'll be doing team building activities over the summer and will do more community service projects,'' said RoboCats adviser Judy Barber.
New members will be learning everything, Barber said, including how to update and manage the team's website and how to wire the robot. During the camp, students will learn where they plan to specialize in building next year's competition robot.
Everyone will learn a little of what everyone else does, Barber said.
Once the details of the winter competitions are set forth by FIRST Robotics, the team will have six weeks to build to those specifications.
''If you don't finish in six weeks, you're disqualified,'' Barber said.
One of the team fundraisers for next season includes a golf outing to be held July 20 at the Mahoning Country Club. For information about the outing, call Barber at 330-545-5431, Ext. 202.
Following the robotics demonstration, Girard Municipal Court Judge Jeff Adler presented a proclamation to the students in recognition for another winning season.
The MultiGeneration Center will be hosting several summer activities for area residents of all ages. Some of these include a potluck breakfast to be held at 9 a.m. June 13, a ladies card club party from noon to 3 p.m. June 17 in the parlor and a Social Security benefits seminar at 9 a.m. June 19 in the coffee bar.
The summer youth camp will be held from July 15 through 26 for children ages 5 to 8 and from July 22 to 26 for ages 9 to 12.
For information, call the center at 330-545-6596 or stop in at 443 Trumbull Ave.