Community Outreach

Tech Savy Seniors 2017 Week One

Holy Spirit Catholic School, Pocatello, Idaho, February 6, 2017


The first Tech Savvy Senior class of the season was all about the cloud and using applications. LiveWire team members really enjoy interacting with the senior citizens at these classes.

Pocatello Community Charter School FLL Mentoring

Pocatello Community Charter School, Pocatello, Idaho, January 26, 2017


It was so fun to help the PCCS FBI Bat Kids prepare for their Southern Idaho State FLL appearance. We helped them to rehearse and polish their core values and project presentations as well as provided a mock Q and A session.

Animal Shelter Food Drive

Bannock County Humane Society, Pocatello, Idaho, December 21, 2016


The 2016 FLL challenge - Animal Allies was all about animals. LiveWire conducted a dog and cat food drive for the local humane society. Many, many cans and bags of food were donated at the FLL Regional Qualifier tournament.

2016 Pocatello Regional FLL Qualifier

Idaho State University, Student Union Building, December 17, 2016

LiveWire was once again happy to run and host fifteen teams at the Pocatello Qualifier Tournament. We even had five LiveWire college alumni travel back to participate as judges! The FLL teams were amazing and had such innovative robots and interesting projects. Congratulations to all the teams for their hard work.

2016 FLL Qualifier in Idaho Falls

Idaho State University Annex, Idaho Falls, Idaho, December 3, 2016


Several of the LiveWire coaches traveled to Idaho Falls to volunteer as judges for the Idaho Falls Regional FLL Qualifier. It was excitng to see the teams and their extremely creative project presentations.

2016 FLL Practice Tournament

Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, December 1, 2016


About two weeks before the Qualifier tournament, LiveWire ran the annual practice event for twelve teams. We were able to train our referees and tournament personnel as well as provide feedback for the project and robot design project for the FLL teams.

Community Service Work

Idaho State University Annex, Pocatello, Idaho, November 19, 2016


LiveWire team members were able to provide yard clean up on a chilly Saturday morning for some members of our community.

VEX Mentoring

Building 51 at Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, November, 2016


LiveWire team members helped to mentor two middle school age VEX teams associated with Idaho State University throughout their season.

4H Trunk or Treat

Bannock County 4H Office, Pocatello, Idaho, October 4, 2016


A fun night was had by everyone at the annual 4H awards ceremony. Right after the ceremony, there was a Trunk or Treat event. The little children enjoyed seeing PipSqueek (our 6 ½ ton armored truck) which was filled with LiveWire team members handing out lots of candy and treats.

2016 FLL Mentoring

Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, 2016


Five LiveWire team members volunteered their time on a weekly basis to mentor seven teams during the 2016 FLL Animal Allies season. Coincidentally five of these teams were selected to attend the Southern Idaho State FLL Competition!

Prepping for the 2016 FLL Season

Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, 2016


We spent many hours during the preseason preparing for the FLL Animal Allies Challenge. We put together all the field set up kits for the Pocatello Qualifier and then we constructed and painted four new competition tables for the tournament!

2016 FLL Kickoff

Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, September 7, 2016


The excitement was in the air when we ran our annual FLL Kickoff event for the 2016 season. LiveWire and OneByte welcomed teams from across southeast Idaho. We are excited to see what the teams come up with for the Animal Allies game.

2016 Bannock County Fair - Judging the LEGO Contest!

Downey Fairgrounds, Downey, Idaho, August 10, 2016


We were asked to judge the official 4H Lego Building Contest at the Bannock County Fair. Many boys and girls were super excited to have tables full of Lego bricks to build to their hearts content! It was difficult for us to choose from the many intricate and imaginative designs.

2016 Bannock County Fair

Downey Fairgrounds, Downey, Idaho, August 10, 2016


We had a great time at our outdoor Reading Robots Rock! story times at the Bannock County Fair. So many young people and adults stopped by to listen to our robot stories. Thank you Bannock County Fair for inviting us once again to participate at the fair. It was a great day to demonstrate our robot "WHEELS", hold Reading Robots Rock! storytimes and share FIRST with many visitors.

Reading Robots Rock! Storytime at the Bannock County Fair

Downey Fairgrounds, Downey, Idaho, August 10, 2016


We had a great time at our outdoor Reading Robots Rock! story times at the Bannock County Fair. So many young people and adults stopped by to listen to our robot stories.

2016 Blackfoot Robotics Summer Camp

Snake River Community Library, Blackfoot, Idaho, July 12-14, 2016

Our FIRST annual Robotics Summer camp in Blackfoot was a huge success! We look forward to coming back again.

iSTEM Demo

Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, June 21, 2016


LiveWire was invited to demonstrate our robots and talk about FIRST Robotics to the teachers from across Southeastern Idaho who were attending the 2016 iSTEM workshop at the ISU College of Technology. It was a fun afternoon of demonstrating our robot and answering questions about FIRST and LiveWire.

2016 Pocatello Robotics Summer Camp 2.0

College of Technology Building 51, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, June 15-17, 2016

We had the pleasure of sharing EV3 Lego Robotics with twenty four eager young students at our Lego 2.0 camp. They played the fun game of Ping Pong Puzzle!

2016 Pocatello Robotics Summer Camp 1.0

College of Technology Building 51, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, June 13-15, 2016

Twenty four future engineers at the LiveWire Robotic Summer Camp 1.0 had a blast playing the exciting game: Trapezoid Trials.

Reading Robots Rock! Storytime and Robot Demonstration at the 4H Open House

4H Bannock County Fairgrounds Office, Pocatello, Idaho, April 21, 2016


A fun time was had by all at the annual Bannock County 4H Open House! We talked to “kids” of all ages about our robots, summer camp, FIRST, and LiveWire. We even engaged the crowd in a spirited Chicken Dance.

Tech Savvy Seniors Class Week Four

Idaho State University Continuing Education, Pocatello, Idaho, April 18, 2016


This month’s topic focused on social media. The workshop attendees were instructed on the different types of social medial that are currently trending. Participants then entered into a spirited discussion of the pros and cons of each type of account. After the group session, team members gave individual assistance and answered questions as well as helping the seniors to create their personal accounts to the desired applications. Follow up sessions to further answer individual questions are being held for the next two weeks at the Holy Spirit Catholic School computer lab.

Tech Savvy Seniors Class Week Three

Idaho State University Continuing Education, Pocatello, Idaho, March 28, 2016


It was another fun class for the Tech Savvy Seniors this month! This month’s topic was all about “Devices”, such as laptops and tablets. We discussed the mouse, keyboard, speakers and blue tooth and wireless connections and helped the seniors to use and better understand their individual devices. Participants were once again invited to a follow up session for individual help.

Tech Savvy Seniors Class Week Two

Idaho State University Continuing Education, Pocatello, Idaho, February 22, 2016


The topic for week two of the Tech Savvy Senior Class was “All about Smart Phones”. This session was designed and taught by LiveWire team member – Steven. After the PowerPoint and Question and Answer period, there was time for the rest of the Livewire team members to help the Senior Citizens individually with their questions. For those interested in additional help, the participants were invited to a follow up session to be held at the Holy Spirit Catholic School.

Tech Savvy Seniors Class Week One

Idaho State University Continuing Education, Pocatello, Idaho, January 25, 2016


Week one of the Tech Savvy Seniors was all about how to operate Google Drive. LiveWire team members helped Holy Spirit Catholic School FLL teams to design, run, and host a class that teaches and assists seniors to learn different aspects of technology.

Macy's Letters to Santa

Macy's, Idaho Falls, Idaho, December 22, 2015


At the 2015 FLL Regional, LiveWire and FLL teams wrote letters for "Macy's Letters to Santa" program. Macy's donated $1.00 for each letter that they received to the Make-A-Wish foundation. LiveWire and FLL teams wrote a total of 235 letters at the tournament which equalivates to a total of $235!

Canned Food Drive

Idaho Food Bank, Pocatello, Idaho, December 19, 2015


At the 2015 FLL Regional, LiveWire and the FLL teams gathered 142 pounds of cans and donated them to the Idaho Food Bank for the community.

2015 Pocatello Regional FLL Qualifier

Idaho State University, Student Union Building, December 19, 2015


LiveWire was once again able to organize and run the Pocatello FLL Qualifier tournament. What an exciting day, full of hardy competition and crazy FLL fun! OneByte and LiveWire (including 6 alumni college members) welcomed 21 teams from all across Idaho. They debuted their newest story book and even took a selfie with all the teams. Partnering with the FLL teams, we were able to collect 142 pounds of food for the Idaho Food Bank. We contributed 235 letters to the Macy's Believe Campaign. Macy's gave $1.00 to Make-a-Wish Foundation for each letter they receive.

Holy Spirit Catholic School Environmental Fair

Holy Spirit Catholic School, Pocatello, Idaho, December 6, 2015


LiveWire attended the Holy Spirit Catholic School Environmental Fair and learned about all four of the FLL team's projects for the Trash Trek Challenge. We also had the opportunity to help with the construction of shoes for one of the team's project.

2015 FLL Practice Tournament

Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, December 3, 2015

About two weeks before the Qualifier tournament LiveWire ran a practice event for 16 teams. We were able to train our referees and tournament personel as well as provide project feedback for the FLL teams.

Community Service Project

Pocatello, Idaho, November 14, 2015


LiveWire spent a Saturday cleaning up a parking lot in Pocatello as a way to thank the owners of the parking lot for everything they have done for letting Pip Squeek sleep there.

Trash Trek Talk

Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, October 22, 2015

Trash Trek Talk was a fun event to bring all interested FLL teams from the area together to network.The teams discussed everything Trash Trek Challenge related, from robot design to rules and project ideas.

Downey Elementary School Literacy Night

Downey Elementary School, Downey, Idaho, October 12, 2015


LiveWire members and OneByte went to Downey Elementary School to read their story books to the people of Downey and show off their robots as well. It was an absolute blast!

2015 FLL Kickoff

Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, October 10, 2015

The excitement was in the air when we ran our annual FLL Challenge Kickoff event. LiveWire and OneByte welcomed teams from all over southeast Idaho.

Prepping for the FLL Season

Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, Fall 2015

We spent many hours during the preseason preparing for the FLL Trash Trek Challenge. We put together all the field set up kits for the Pocatello Qualifier and then we divided up into teams, made Lego EV3 robots, and had a mini intrateam tournament. This helped us to better prepare for the practice and qualifier tournaments.

Reading Robots Rock! at the Bannock County Fair

Bannock County Fairgrounds, Downey, Idaho, August 7, 2015


We had a great time at our outdoor Reading Robots Rock! story time at the Bannock County Fair.

Bannock County Fair Demonstration

Downey Fairgrounds, Downey, Idaho, August, 7, 2015


LiveWire was invited to attend the Bannock County Fair. We spent a fun day demonstrating our robots to a huge crowd that even included some goats.

2015 Pocatello LEGO Robotics Summer Camp

College of Technology Building 51, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, June 23-25

View the game rules for Duplo Duck Dismount!

2015 Pocatello VEX Robotics Summer Camp

College of Technology Building 51, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, June 22-26

View the game rules for Ping Pong Plop!

iStem Workshop Demonstration

ISU College of Technology, Pocatello, Idaho, June 22, 2015

LiveWire was invited to talk to all the teachers attending this year's iSTEM workshop at the ISU College of Technology. We demonstrated SpudLink and talked to them about FIRST.

Snake River Community Library Story Time and Robot Demonstration

Snake River Community Library, Snake River, Idaho, June 17-18, 2015

LiveWire had the opportunity to spend two days at the Snake River Community Library giving our Reading Robots Rock! story time and robot demonstration to 359 people. The library's theme for their summer reading program was Super Heros. Naturally, OneByte (our Super Hero Ambassador of STEM) made a special appearance!

4H Robotics Day Camp

Bannock County Fair Grounds, Pocatello, Idaho, June 2, 2015

4H invited the LiveWire team to host a robotics daycamp for 13 younger students. It was a fun time for all learning about robotics with Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits and a great way to give back to 4H for their continued support.

Cub Scout Demonstration

Pocatello, Idaho, May 28, 2015

Thank you Cub Scout Pack 346 for inviting LiveWire to your pack meeting! We had fun demonstrating SpudLink and Wilma and talking to you about robots. OneByte enjoyed meeting so many new people.

Idaho State University College of Technology 75th Anniversary Celebration

Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, May 16, 2015

OneByte enjoyed meeting lots and lots of people - young and old - at the ISU College of Technology 75th Anninversary celebration. Thank you ISU Robotics - LiveWire is so grateful to work with you!

Pocatello Community Charter School Story Time and Demonstration

PCCS, Pocatello, Idaho, May 15, 2015

Thank you Mrs. Bolander's 1st / 2nd grade class for inviting OneByte to your classroom to meet all your flat potatoes from your Potato Expedition! We enjoyed reading our storybooks to you and demonstrating our robots for PCCS.

Eagle Scout Service Project

Pocatello, Idaho, May 9, 2015

Saturday morning LiveWire work crew - helping Ryan with his Eagle Scout project and beautifying the city of Pocatello.

4H Open House

Inkom Elementary School, Inkom, Idaho, April 9, 2015

We had a lot of fun demonstrating our robots and putting on a Reading Robots Rock! story time at the annnual Bannock County 4H Open House.

Boy Scouts Robotics Merit Badge Workshop

Pocatello, Idaho, January, 2015

LiveWire was asked to assist with a Boy Scout Roboics Merit Badge Workshop. We helped teach the scouts about programming and building with Lego robots. Six new Boy Scouts earned their Robotics Merit Badge.

LiveWire's Fourth Original Children's Book: LiveWire's Robot Christmas

  

LiveWire's Robot Christmas is the fourth in a series of books meant to engage 3 to 8 year old audiences and introduce them to STEM. It is a lighthearted Christmas tale, following the main characters from the three previous books, as they work together using their own unique skills to save Christmas.

Christmas is right around the corner and Santa has suddenly come down with a cold. Unable to complete his holiday duties, he sent his reindeer off on a much needed vacation. Hoping to save Christmas, Santa calls upon his friends Phoenix, Mis. Fathom, and the Minibot. Working together, the three must figure out how to pilot Santa's sleigh and deliver presents to children around the world.

2015 Vex Tournament

Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, January 31, 2015

Thank you to Idaho State University Robotics for inviting LiveWire team members to help with the Pocatello VEX Tournament. We provided the event emcee and the photographers.

Franklin Middle School Lego-In

Franklin Middle School, Pocatello, Idaho, January 9, 2015

LiveWire was invited to attend the Franklin middle school "Lego-In" hosted by the FLL team S.M.A.R.T. We were able to interact with all the younger children - playing with Legos. We even had the opportunity to present to the audience about FRC. We had an absolute GROOVY time!

2014 Pocatello Regional FLL Qualifier

Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, December 13, 2014


This was an exciting year for LiveWire! We were asked to take over the duties of Event Coordinators for the Pocatello Qualifying Tournament. With the help of the Robotics Club at ISU, LiveWire was able to provide an awesome experience for 18 teams from the southeast Idaho area.

Pocatello FLL Qualifier Storytime

Idaho State University, Pocatelllo, Idaho, December 13, 2014

We had a special reading by the author of LiveWire's newest original children's book: LiveWire's Robot Christmas at the Pocatello FLL Qualifier. This was the inaugural public debut of the book. 18 FLL teams, their coaches, parents, and friends were excited to hear about the adventures of Phoenix, Mis. Fathom, and the Minibot as they helped Santa to save Christmas.

2014 FLL Practice Event

Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, December 1, 2014

Our third annual FLL Practice event was held on 12-1-14 for 12 teams in and around the Pocatello area. Teams were given the opportunity to get questions answered, network with other teams, practice with their robots, work on their robot design presentations as well as rehearse their project presentations to an audience.

OneByte in the Philippines

Philippines, November, 2014


Parker decided to support an orphanage in the Philippines as part of his Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout project. He asked LiveWire to help him to gather supplies (art supplies, books, toothbrushes, personal hygiene products). The team also made robot dolls for the children and sent a copy of each of our original children's books. OneByte had the unique opportunity to travel to the Philippines with Parker. The children were enthralled with OneByte and enjoyed the books when Parker read them.

2014 Century High School Robot Demonstration

Century High School, Pocatello, Idaho, September 11, 2014

Wilma, our 2014 robot got to spend the day at Century High School. She was demonstrated in all the science and engineering classes. PipSqueek our bright green armored robot truck transported her to the school and actually attracted the attention of the Idaho State Journal (our local newspaper). Someone called the police department and was concerned that an armored truck was parked at the school on the anniversary of 9-11.

2014 FLL Kickoff

Idaho State University, College of Technology, Pocatello, Idaho, September 8, 2014

LiveWire had the pleasure of organizing and hosting the FLL 2014 World Class Challenge Kickoff Event. OneByte and approximately 150 students and coaches from the southeast Idaho area attended this exciting event.

Eastern Idaho State Fair

Eastern Idaho State Fair Fairgrounds, 4H Building, Blackfoot, Idaho, August 30, 2014

We were pleased to be invited to the EISF by 4H to demonstrate our robots again this year. We were also able to bring Darrell, our Little Free Library, have a Reading Robots Rock! story time, and talk to many, many fairgoers about FIRST, FLL, and FRC. We also had a blast building LEGOS with the children.

Eastern Idaho State Fair Parade 2014

Blackfoot, Idaho, August 30, 2014

Our very first parade! Captain LiveWire and OneByte joined the LiveWire team to debut PipSqueek. We had so much fun singing our team spirit song and Happy Birthday to random people in the crowd. This is definitely the start of a new LiveWire tradition.

Pocatello Zoofari Event 2014

Ross Park Zoo, Pocatello, Idaho, August, 9, 2014

OneByte's first Zoofari! Partnering with the Gate City Rotary Club, LiveWire had the opportunity to volunteer at the 2014 Pocatello Zoofari event. From scooping ice cream to selling hot dogs, we had a great time. OneByte was even able to meet Smokey the Bear and sing happy birthday to him.

Blackfoot Public Library Adventure Day

Blackfoot Public Library, Blackfoot, Idaho, July 9, 2014

Adventure Day at the Blackfoot Public Library! LiveWire was invited to come show off PipSqueek, demonstrate their robots, introduce our original story books, and talk to the children about the excitement of science in conjunction with the summer reading program – Fizz, Boom, Read! 318 children had the opportunity to watch the robots run, “feed them”, and interact with LiveWire team members. Thank you Blackfoot Library – we had a BLAST!

2014 Pocatello VEX Robotics Summer Camp

College of Technology Building 51, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, June 23-27

View the photo gallery and game rules for Ping Pong Palooza!

2014 Pocatello LEGO Robotics Summer Camp

College of Technology Building 51, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, June 24-26

View the photo gallery and game rules for Duplo Duck Divide!

Bannock Civitan Presentation

Pocatello, Idaho, May 28, 2014

Thank you Bannock Civitans for the invitation to speak at your weekly meeting. We enjoyed teaching a new organization about 4H LiveWire at ISU and FIRST.

WireRAMA 2014

Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, May 10, 2014

Our annual robot showcase event was once again a huge success. This year FRC Team 4178 MCRocs from Minidoka County was able to drive over to participate with us. Due to the busy build / competition season, we have not been able to see them in person since Kickoff. It was an excellent opportunity for the teams and robots to play together, make some plans for the future, and have a lot of fun. We demonstrate the robots, had a Reading Robots Rock! story time and educated the public about LiveWire, FIRST, and STEM. Congratulations to Hayden, who was the lucky winner of the quilt! Thanks again to Nancy Sandoval for donating the beautiful hand pieced quilt.

Green Acres Elementary School Science Fair

Green Acres Elementary School, Pocatello, Idaho, May 8, 2014

LiveWire had a fantastic time at the Green Acres Elementary School science fair. We were able to display Wilma, launch Frisbees from Phoenix, and we even found time for a Reading Robots Rock! story time.

2014 Environmental Fair

Optimus Park, Pocatello, Idaho, April 19, 2014

So much fun at the Portneuf Valley Environmental Fair—Flinging Frisbees, reading books at a Reading Robots Rock! story time, and educating the community about LiveWire, FIRST, and STEM. The weather was superb this year!

Chrome in the Dome Car and Bike Show

Holt Arena, Pocatello, Idaho, March 21-22, 2014

Why would a robotics team go to a car show? LiveWire had a spectacular bright green with purple flames, 6.5 ton armored truck to show off -- that's why!
The vision has come together and PipSqueek has been finished right down to all the vinyls being applied. She looked amazing. We were able to set up our entire pit along with Darrell our Little Free Library-STEM Edition right at the entrance to the show so everyone who entered was greeted by the LiveWire Team. The vehicle was a big green the truck - the mission was STEM Education.

Jefferson Elementary Science Fair

Jefferson Elementary School, Pocatello, Idaho, March 20, 2014

We were invited to demonstrate our robot and talk to the Kindergarten through 5th grade students and their parents at the Jefferson Elementary Science Fair. Many eager children had fun interacting with the team, meeting OneByte, and watching Phoenix shoot her Frisbees. We even had the chance to provide three separate story times to 45 children.

Tech Expo

Holt Arena, Pocatello, Idaho, March 20, 2014

LiveWire was invited to attend the Idaho State University College of Technology Tech Expo with the ISU Robotics Club. High school students from as far away as the Boise area attended the expo to experience and learn about all the programs that the College of Technology has to offer. It was an excellent way for LiveWire to connect to many high school students and do some educating about FIRST, STEM, and the LiveWire team.

Bannock County 4-H Open House

Bannock County Fairgrounds, Pocatello, Idaho, March 17, 2014

The annual 4H Open House is always a fun time to show off our robot, Little Free Library, and our accomplishments as a team. Attendance was significantly increased from last year. We talked to a lot of people about LiveWire and STEM, sang and danced a little, and we were even able to hold two separate story times for 20 children during the evening.

LiveWire's Third Original Children's Book: The Fantastic Frisbee Flinging Phoenix

 

LiveWire's third original children’s book, The Fantastic Frisbee Flinging Phoenix is based on the 2013 Ultimate Ascent game and stars our robot, Phoenix:

It’s 2013 and Phoenix is excited to compete with her alliance. In a practice match, Phoenix took flight to the peak of a pyramid and tumbled back to the ground, breaking her wing in the process. Now unable to fly, Phoenix’s old alliance turned away but she forged on and found a new alliance. Phoenix discovered a new strength and confidence in the value of friendship.

Utah Regional 2014

Maverick Center, West Valley City, Utah, March 13-15, 2014

Although the entire LiveWire team was unable to attend the Utah Regional this year, several members traveled to Utah to support our former rookie teams – 4175 - Top Of the Mountain and 4178 - MCRocs.

It was so fun to be able to help both teams with scouting, listen to their Chairman’s Award presentation, and to just generally be able help with whatever was needed. We also made plans for next year and their attendance at LiveWire’s upcoming community showcase in May.

We were also so very excited to make plans for this summer with our new friends, rookie team 5346 from Utah!

Utah FIRST Tech Challenge Championship

Weber State University College of Applied Science & Technology, Ogden, Utah, February 22, 2014

Kip, a LiveWire co-captain was able to travel to Utah to be the official game announcer at the Utah FTC Championships. This was the second year that he was asked to participate and it was a great way for LiveWire to be involved with FTC.

Eastern Idaho Engineers Week Banquet

Portneuf Valley Brewery, Pocatello, Idaho, February 20, 2014

KEY NOTE SPEAKERS! 20 to 30 minutes to present! WOW! This was a LiveWire Presentation team dream come true! What an amazing opportunity to be able to connect with all the engineers from around our region and to tell them about FIRST and LiveWire Robotics.

Taco John's Fundraiser

Taco John's, Pocatello, Idaho, February 2, 2014

It was awesome to see so much community support at Taco Johns for our fundraiser. So much singing… Ole!

2013 Pocatello Regional FLL Qualifier

Idaho State University, Student Union Building, December 21, 2013


LiveWire had the opportunity to co host the Pocatello Regional FLL Qualifier with the ESTEC department from the ISU College of Technology. We provided the vast majority of the volunteers – everything from the judge advisor, head referee, judges, and even the concession stand.  The day was full of exciting competition and crazy FLL fun. It was awesome to see so much LiveWire green in attendance.

2013 FLL Practice Tournament

Idaho State University, Student Union Building, December 10, 2013


LiveWire hosted their second annual Practice FLL Tournament for local teams. 11 area teams took advantage of the opportunity to get questions answered, network with other teams, practice with their robots, work on their robot design presentations as well rehearse their project presentations to an audience. It also gave LiveWire the opportunity to test their “above the table” camera idea for broadcasting the robot competition for the audience to see. It was an awesome event!

2013 Twin Falls Regional FLL Qualifier

O’Leary Middle School, Twin Falls, Idaho, December 7, 2013

Several LiveWire team members were asked to help at the Twin Falls FLL Regional Qualifier event. LiveWire braved the snowy roads to drive the 120 miles and provided judges and scorekeepers. Kip was the event emcee again this year. We were glad that we were able to volunteer. It was especially fun that we recognized so many FLL team members from our summer camp in Twin Falls.

2013 FLL Mentoring

Pocatello, Idaho, August-December 2013


LiveWire was able to start three new FLL teams at the Pocatello Community Charter School (PCCS) for the 2013 Nature's Fury season. PCCS generously opened their doors to all students across the community - in both private and public schools. Kip was able to mentor these teams once or twice a week for the entire season. We were also regular visitors to the two teams at Franklin Middle School, four teams at Holy Spirit Catholic School, Irving Middle School, as well as two teams at Mountain View Middle School in Blackfoot. Team members found it so rewarding to give back to the younger students and inspire them.

Snake River School Board Presentation

District Office, Snake River School District #52, Riverside, Idaho, October 16, 2013

The LiveWire presentation team had the opportunity to present to the Snake River School District school board and a packed board room. We shared with them all about FIRST and how to start an FRC team. They are taking it under consideration for the 2015 season.

2013 FLL Pocatello Qualifier Preparation

Idaho State University, College of Technology, Pocatello, Idaho, October 2013

LiveWire team members assembled the five LEGO field set up kits for the Pocatello Qualifier. We had help from coaches, mentors, and the ISU Robotics club. We found out that some people are able to follow directions better than others and that some people are really slow at the task! It was a lot of fun!

2013 FLL Kickoff

Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, September 9, 2013

The FLL Kickoff event was a HUGE SUCCESS. LiveWire has been advertising the event since late summer at the Eastern Idaho State Fair. We were able to co-host the event with the ESTEC department at ISU College of Technology. Close to 100 people were in attendance (up 10 times the attendance of last year). At least 12 teams were represented from public schools, private schools, after-school programs, and home school teams.

Idaho Community Foundation

Shilo Inn, Idaho Falls, Idaho, September 7, 2013

We submitted a video to the Idaho Community Foundation and LiveWire was selected as one of three organizations to do a live presentation at the foundation's 25th anniversary luncheon. We were awarded a $1000 grant for our efforts! Thank you Idaho Community Foundation for your support.

Eastern Idaho State Fair 2013

Blackfoot, Idaho, August 31, 2013

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Directly from the marathon, LiveWire traveled to Blackfoot to the Eastern Idaho State Fair to demonstrate Phoenix. We had the pleasure of teaming with our wonderful sponsor, 4H, for a fun afternoon of playing with a swimming pool full of LEGOS, talking to kids and adults about FIRST and LiveWire, recruiting for FLL and sharing books from Darrell, our Little Free Library. Parker, one of our apprentices, made a 'Frisbee flinging' robot out of LEGOS and had fun demonstrating it.

Portneuf Medical Center Pocatello Marathon - Running the Gap

Pocatello, Idaho, August 31, 2013

6:00 AM was early - VERY early. Team members ventured out to the streets of Pocatello dressed in orange vests and carrying stop signs to direct traffic for the runners. Before long, PipSqueek (our armored truck) had Wall-E peeking out the back end with the music blaring from the huge speaker system. The runners loved the tunes and we had a blast!

FLL Adult Coaching Workshop

Pocatello Community Charter School, Pocatello, Idaho, August 15, 2013

LiveWire hosted a FIRST LEGO League coaching workshop for over 20 interested adults at the Pocatello Community Charter School. We explained FIRST, the basics of FLL, the requirements for starting a team, and resources available for help. Three teams were started as a result of this workshop!

Pocatello Zoofari Event 2013

Ross Park Zoo, Pocatello, Idaho, August 10, 2013

We were able to partner with the Gate City Rotary Club to volunteer at the Zoofari event at the Ross Park Zoo. We served hot dogs to lots and lots of zoo enthusiasts and at the end of the evening were even able to hold and impromptu story time for 12 young 'zoofariers'. There are actually no pictures of this event because unfortunately we were having too much fun to take any!

2013 Pocatello VEX Robotics Summer Camp

College of Technology Building 51, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, July 15-19

View the photo gallery and game rules for Tri-Tower Turmoil!

2013 Pocatello LEGO Robotics Summer Camp

College of Technology Building 51, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, July 16-18

View the photo gallery and game rules for Two Tower Triumph!

4H Camp Counselors

Alpine, Wyoming, June 26-28, 2013

Kip, Micah, and Kevin spent several months attending 4H leadership training and represented LiveWire at the 2013 Alpine 4H Camp, serving as counselors for approximately 50 students over three days.

Helping the Idaho Museum of Natural History

Idaho Museum of Natural History, Idaho State Univeristy, Pocatello, Idaho, June 2013

LiveWire was asked to provide guidance to the staff at the Idaho State University Museum of Natural History on the construction of robotic parts of a new shark exhibit. We helped to establish a partnership between the ISU Museum and ISU Robotics Department. This should be an excellent exhibit we hope you come and enjoy!

Webelos Overnight Event

Tyhee Stake Center, Pocatello, Idaho, June 22, 2013

LIveWire was invited to introduce robotics to 200 Webelo scouts at the Webelo Overnight Camp event. After a lesson about our competition robot Phoenix and her capabilities, the scouts were able to catch frisbees flung by Phoenix and operate VEX robots.

Snake River Community Library Story Time

Snake River Community Library, Blackfoot, Idaho, June 19, 2013

It was a new Reading Robots Rock! story time record!! In two sessions, LiveWire read to 150 children. There were so many children we had to move to the gymnasium! THANK YOU to the Snake River Community Library for inviting us back for a wonderful day of stories and demonstrations of our robot Phoenix!

2013 Twin Falls Summer Camp

Herrett Center for Arts and Science, College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls, Idaho, June 12-14, 2013

LiveWire's third annual LEGO Mindstorm NXT robotics summer camp in Twin Falls, Idaho was a huge success. Thirty nine students (ages 7-14) enjoyed the experience of learning to build, program, and compete in this year's original game: Two Tower Triumph! A special thank you to Darcy Thornborrow and the Herrett Center for Arts and Science for making this event possible.

View the photo slideshow here.

2013 Twin Falls Robotics Summer Camp Story Time

Herrett Center for the Arts and Science, College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls, Idaho, June 13, 2013

Such a fun way to end our day at the Herrett Center Robotics Summer Camp--reading robot stories and tossing frisbees to eleven children.

Snake River Community Library Story Time

Snake River Community Library, Blackfoot, Idaho, June 11, 2013

Two sessions of story time and demonstration of our robot Phoenix at the Snake River Community Library. Such a beautiful facility, gracious people and so many children eager to learn about robotics.

Senior Solutions Technology Seminar: “Exploring Excel”

Holy Spirit Catholic School, Pocatello, Idaho, May 27, 2013

The fourth and final Senior Solutions Technology Seminar was titled: “Exploring Excel”. LiveWire has had a lot of fun partnering with the FLL teams at the HSCS to put on these seminars.

2013 Portneuf Valley Environmental Fair

Optimus Park, Pocatello, Idaho, April 20, 2013

Even though it was windy and cold,we had so much fun at the Portneuf Valley Environmental Fair this year! We were able to advertise our upcoming summer camps, sell FIRST Green E Watt LED lightbulbs, share our books at story time, and demonstrate Phoenix tossing frisbees into the crowd. We took Darrell our Little Free Library and he even won first place in the High School Division of the recycling contest!

2013 Environmental Fair Story Time

Optimus Park, Pocatello, Idaho, April 20, 2013

Story time was enjoyed by 11 children outside of the LiveWire booth at the Environmental Fair. The children were also able to enjoy a robot demonstration from our competition robot, Phoenix.

Senior Solutions Technology Seminar: “WORD”

Holy Spirit Catholic School, Pocatello, Idaho, April 15, 2013

It was another full house at our monthly Senior Solutions Technology Seminar. The seniors learned all about using Microsoft Word on their computers. 

Glow Stix Swing Dance Social

West Valley City, Utah, March 21, 2013

All of the teams at the Utah Regional were invited to the free Glow Stix Swing Dance Social hosted by LiveWire. The team provided dance lessons and made it possible for teams to socialize and meet each other.  Some of the finalists from the dance off are pictured above. Thanks to Mr. Belnap for being the DJ Extraordinaire (glow stix earrings and all) and to all the teams who came out to participate.

Little Free Library: STEM Edition

Maverik Center, West Valley City, Utah, March 21-23, 2013

The Little Free Library – STEM Edition was parked at the FIRST Utah Regional for the public to enjoy.

United Arab Emirates Student Mentoring

Manor Hall International School, Al Ayn, United Arab Emirates

The LiveWire team has had the pleasure of having middle school and high school students from the Manor International School “virtually shadow” the team for the 2013 season in anticipation of starting FLL and an FRC team in the UAE for the 2014 season.  The team Skyped and interacted with the students throughout the season and on Bag and Tag night.

Idaho State University Science and Engineering Fair

ISU Student Union Building, Pocatello, Idaho, March 19, 2013

LiveWire was able to team up with ISU Robotics and attended the ISU Science and Engineering Fair. It was an evening filled with fun activities from community businesses and university departments. Darrell, our Little Free Library STEM Edition Robot was in attendance, as well as R2D2 and Wall-E. We were able register children for the Robotics Summer Camp and talk to them about the 3-D Printer.

STEM Day at Idaho State University

ISU Student Union Building, Pocatello, Idaho, March 19, 2013

LiveWire was invited to present to high school students from around south eastern Idaho at the annual STEM Day at Idaho State University. There were two sessions (40 students) where we talked about FIRST Robotics and the LiveWire team. The students were shown slideshows and videos and were able to ask questions about FIRST, FRC, and LiveWire.

Volunteering at the Utah FIRST Tech Challenge Championship

Weber State University, Ogden Utah, March 16, 2013

Several members of the LiveWire team had the opportunity to volunteer at the Utah FTC Championships. We were able to provide field support and the official Game Announcer.

Bannock County 4-H Open House and Story Time

Bannock County Fairgrounds, Pocatello, Idaho, March 14, 2013

As a proud club with the Bannock County 4-H, LiveWire was invited to have a booth at their recent open house. It gave us an opportunity to talk to many members of the public about robotics, bring our Little Free Library STEM Edition Robot, recruit team members for next year’s team, and have a Reading Robots Rock story time. Eight children enjoyed the story time and a very fun evening was had by all.  

LiveWire's Second Original Children's Book: IN BALANCE


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LiveWire's second original children's book, IN BALANCE, is based on the 2012 Rebound Rumble game and stars our robot, Mis. Fathom:

Mis. Fathom is excited to be competing once again at the regional competition, but her three rookie teams are nervous about the upcoming event.  As the day progressed, each rookie team discovered their own strengths, ranging from balancing to shooting 3 point baskets. But then, disaster strikes. Mis. Fathom takes a tragic tumble! She's broken down, but another team comes to her aid, taking her to the mobile machine shop to get repaired. Very soon, she's back in the game!

With Mis. Fathom cheering them on, the three rookie teams advance to the finals. Trying unsuccessfully to triple balance, the teams soon realize that to succeed, they must persevere through their troubles and work together as a team.

LiveWire's Little Free Library: STEM Edition

LiveWire has constructed a Little Free Library – STEM Edition. It is a free community library (built to look like a robot) where the public can borrow or donate books. At the library’s debut at the Down to the Wire Showcase event, the children’s eyes sparkled when they were told they could pick a book to take home. The library will be traveling with the LiveWire team to their next few outreach activities until it comes to rest in its permanent home this summer at a prominent place in Pocatello.  For more information about the Little Free Library movement, please go to their website at LittleFreeLibrary.org.

Green Acres Elementary School Story Time

Green Acres Elementary School, Pocatello, Idaho, February 28, 2013

It was so much fun to join 10 first graders for a story time to celebrate Dr. Suess’ Birthday.  They were very attentive, energetic, and anxious to hear all about robots.

Pocatello Community Charter School Story Time

Pocatello Community Charter School, Pocatello, Idaho, February 25, 2013

24 lucky first and second graders were treated to a story time by LiveWire team members. The children inspired us to participate in their flat potato project with our own flat potato. Stay tuned for The Adventures of SPARKY The Super Spud . . .  coming soon.

Senior Solutions Technology Seminar: “Learn to Speak Geek. Introduction to Computers.”

Holy Spirit Catholic School, Pocatello, Idaho, February 18, 2013

The second monthly class in our series of Senior Solutions Technology Seminars was titled “Learn to Speak Geek: Introduction to Computers” and taught by our guest speaker, Dr. Bernadette Howlet. We are very grateful for her expertise and support.   The fourteen seniors had the opportunity to pair with a LiveWire team member to get some one on one and small group instruction with their individual questions. The power point presentation of the session can be reviewed on our team resources page.

Down to the Wire Week Zero Event

Idaho State University, Student Union Building, Pocatello, Idaho, February 16, 2013

LiveWire’s Down to the Wire Community Showcase event was a huge hit! Over 500 members of the community joined us for this wonderful celebration of FIRST robotics. We were able to show off our newly constructed robot-Phoenix-and provide valuable practice time for other FRC teams on our half field at the Idaho State University Student Union building. Teams 4175 of Driggs, Idaho and 1569 of Pocatello joined us for the festivities. Although 4175 -Top of the Mountain was not able to bring their robot; members of their team were in attendance and talked strategy with the LiveWire team members.

Many young children enjoyed our robot story times throughout the afternoon, featuring the first readings of our newest book – IN BALANCE. It was also the debut of our robot shaped Little Free Library-STEM edition. The children’s eyes sparkled when they were informed that they could pick out a book to take home. Kids of all ages were also delighted to be able to drive VEX robots around and through the maze of canned foods.

A special thank you goes out to the citizens of Pocatello, who helped us collect 57 pounds of food for donation to the Idaho Food Bank.

LiveWire would like to especially thank the ISU Robotics team for partnering with us to put on this event. Everyone enjoyed viewing their newly constructed R2D2 and learning about the amazing 3D printer.

LiveWire Reaches Out to All Ages and Abilities

Pocatello, Idaho, February 15, 2013

The team was given the opportunity to bring VEX robots to a group home for intellectually challenged adults. The adults were delighted to have the opportunity to drive the robots. It was a thoroughly rewarding experience for all the team members and has inspired us to continue to bring these experiences to others.

Senior Solutions State Send Off Showcase

Holy Spirit Catholic School, Pocatello, Idaho, January 23, 2013

LiveWire created and hosted a FIRST Lego League Showcase event for the public and parents of the Holy Spirit Catholic School students. The mock FLL tournament helped the teams to make final preparations for their Idaho State Tournament. It also allowed LiveWire to educate the parents about FIRST in a fun atmosphere. There were core value activities, robot design presentations, project presentations, a robot competition and of course dancing!

Senior Solutions Technology Seminar: "Why All the Hype About Skype?"

Holy Spirit Catholic School, Pocatello, Idaho, January 21, 2013

LiveWire partnered with a FLL team from Holy Spirit Catholic School to design a series of technology classes for senior citizens. There will be a different topic addressed at each monthly class throughout the rest of the school year. The topic for the month of January was “Why All the Hype About Skype?” Twenty one senior citizens attended the session this month, with Dr. Bernadette Howlet as our guest speaker. The power point presentation of the session can be reviewed on our team resources page.

2012 Pocatello FLL Regional Competition

Idaho State University Student Union Building, Pocatello, Idaho, December 8, 2012

Once again, LiveWire had the opportunity to help with the Pocatello FIRST Lego League Regional Competition held at Idaho State University. LiveWire provided a concession stand, assisted in the set up, judging, refereeing, and one team member even acted as the Head Referee! It was a fun and exciting day. As an added bonus, three of the four teams that we mentored from Holy Spirit Catholic School qualified for the Idaho State Tournament.

Secret Santa Service Project

Pine Ridge Mall, Pocatello, Idaho, December 6, 2012

Prior to the build season LiveWire once again helped out disadvantaged children in the community by participating in the Salvation Army's Secret Santa program. Team members enjoy getting involved annually in this event.

2012 Twin Falls FLL Regional Competition

Herrett Center, Twin Falls, Idaho, December 1, 2012

LiveWire had the opportunity to volunteer at the Twin Falls FIRST Lego League Competition held at the Herrett Center for Science & Arts on the CSI campus in Twin Falls, Idaho. Team members and parents provided a concession stand, helped with the judging, referring, and one team member was the competition Emcee. Also, while waiting for the judges to finish deliberating about awards, LiveWire team members entertained the crowd by dancing and reading their original children's book, To The Top.

2012 FLL Mentoring

Holy Spirit Catholic School, Pocatello, Idaho, 2012 FLL Season


Members of LiveWire volunteered on a weekly basis throughout the 2012 Senior Solutions season to mentor four FLL teams from Holy Spirit Catholic School. Team members helped with robot construction, programming skills, and project presentations. It was a great experience for everyone involved.

FRC Mentoring

MCRocs, FRC Team 4178, Burley, Idaho, November 10, 2012

LiveWire team members traveled to Burley, Idaho to help FRC team 4178, MCRocs conduct a team/ parent meeting and gave assistance on the reorganization of their team. MCRocs will now have team members from the entire county, not just one high school. LiveWire engaged the team in a team building activity and gave practical tips and suggestions about team organization and robot building. They also conducted a question and answer period with parents.  

2012 Pocatello FLL Kickoff

Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, September 6, 2012

For the second year in a row, LiveWire attended the FLL kickoff party at Idaho State University where we interacted with the FLL teams and discussed strategy for the Senior Solutions™ game.

Twin Falls Robotics Summer Camp at the Herrett Center

Herrett Center for Arts and Science, College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls Idaho, July 16-18, 2012


LiveWire traveled approximately 100 miles to the Herrett Center on the College of Southern Idaho campus in Twin Falls, Idaho to put on a 3 day Lego NXT workshop for 21 students (ages 8 to 14). The campers enjoyed learning about FIRST, teamwork, gracious professionalism and competed in our original cooperative game,
Co-stack-ertition.

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2012 Twin Falls Robotics Summer Camp Story Time

Herrett Center for Arts and Science, College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls, Idaho, July 17 & 18, 2012

LiveWire team members were able to provide two separate robot story times and robot demonstrations for 52 children from the College of Southern Idaho Science Camp and to the general public.

Marshall Public Library Story Time

Marshall Public Library, Pocatello, Idaho, July 11, 2012


We were able to hold a special Robot Story Time for at the Marshall Public Library. We shared several robot stories with 54 library patrons, ages 2 to adult. After the stories, Mis. Fathom showed her amazing shooting abilities and the audience was able to ask the team questions.

2012 Summer Camp

College of Technology, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, July 9-13, 2012


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Marshall Public Library Book Wagon Story Times

Four City Parks in Pocatello, Idaho, June 2012


LiveWire followed Pocatello's Marshall Public Library's book wagon to four public parks throughout the month of June. We were able to demonstrate our robot Mis. Fathom and have robot story time for over 120 young children.

Robot Demonstration

Century High School Media Center, Pocatello, Idaho, May 16, 2012

Mis. Fathom enjoyed a fun afternoon of shooting hoops in Century High School's media center and driving up and down the hallway. She also was displayed for numerous freshman science classes.

School District 25 School Board Recognition & Outdoor Robot Demonstration

Alameda Park, Pocatello, Idaho, May 15, 2012

The District 25 School Board summoned the LiveWire Robotics team to their chambers for an official recognition of their incredible achievements for the 2012 season. After demonstrating the robot to the school board, the team took Mis. Fathom to Alameda park and attached the official game basket to an outdoor basketball hoop,where Mis. Fathom showed off her amazing camera tracking abilities by making basket after basket from all different positions on the court.

Portneuf Valley Environmental Fair and Story Times

Optimus Park, Pocatello, Idaho, April 21, 2012


The 2012 Portneuf Valley Environmental Fair was a great way for LiveWire to reach out to all ages in our community. We were able to demonstrate our robot, have 2 story times, let kids of all ages drive the VEX robots, register kids for Robotics Summer Camp, sell FIRST Green e-watt energy saver light bulbs, and debut our "famous" flash mob.

Kiwanis "Read Around the World" Event

Washington Elementary School, Pocatello, Idaho, April 19, 2012

LiveWire was asked by the Key Club of Century High School (the high school service club of the Kiwanis) to read To The Top at their “Read Around the World” event. Approximately 50 elementary aged children were able to hear the story and see the real minibot that the story is based on.

"Name the Robot" Event, Robot Demonstration, and Story Time

Portneuf Medical Center, Pocatello, Idaho, April 6, 2012



LiveWire was invited to the “Name the Robot” event at the Portneuf Medical Center. The Portneuf Medical Center sponsored a contest inviting students in Bannock and surrounding counties to name the newest addition to their hospital staff - a DaVinci Surgical Robot.

We were able to talk to the public about FIRST robotics, demonstrate our robot Venom, show match videos, provide Vex robots for kids of all ages to drive, and conduct a story time for younger children. A highlight of the evening was when LiveWire team members challenged the doctors to drive Venom. In turn, team members were able to operate the hospital robot - Wanda.

Thanks Portneuf Medical Center for allowing us to be a part of your celebration!

LiveWire's Original Children's Book: To The Top

LiveWire has written a children’s book titled, To The Top. It is based on the 2011 LogoMotion™ game and stars a FIRST team’s minibot:

The Minibot thinks he’s found his calling on LiveWire but is scared by the daunting task ahead of him. Luckily the team has a crucial job for him: climb the tower and win the game! So, despite his fear, he tries to climb the tower. One fourth, halfway, three fourths and the Minibot is losing faith! But LiveWire and another team work together to get the Minibot to the top and WHOOSH! He files to the top, lighting the tower, showing what teamwork and coopertition™ can accomplish.

Congratulations to Team Tesla!

San Jose State University, San Jose, California, March 31, 2012

LiveWire sends congratulations to Team Tesla, FIRST Team 4086! They recently won the Rookie All Star Award at the Silicon Valley Regional. It is a well deserved award for a very hard working team. We predict great things happening for this team in the future. We look forward to seeing them in St. Louis at the Championships.

Good Luck to Our Rookie Teams at Regionals!

BOTT-Wired, FIRST team 4178 from Declo, Idaho

Team Tesla, FIRST team 4086 from Twin Falls, Idaho

Top of the Mountain, FIRST team 4175 from Driggs, Idaho

It has been a pleasure to work with you this season!
We think you are all ALL-STARS!!!

Utah FRC Regional Story Times

Maverik Center, West Valley City, Utah, March 17, 2012

LiveWire's Super Hero mascot presented two story times to 20 young children at the Utah Regional Competition.

Mobile Machine Shop

Maverik Center, West Valley City, Utah, March 15-17, 2012

LiveWire had the unique opportunity to provide the mobile machine shop for the 2012 Utah Regional. A special thanks to Arden and Tanner for tirelessly manning the shop all three days!

Pocatello Community Charter School Story Times

Pocatello Community Charter School, Pocatello, Idaho, March 5, 2012

LiveWire team members were able to share their book "To the Top" with 3 first/second grade classrooms (72 children) at the Pocatello Community Charter School. The children were very excited to see the actual minibot that the story was written about and a robot demonstration!

All Night Science Camp In

Herrett Center for the Arts and Science, Twin Falls, Idaho, March 2, 2012

Members of LiveWire had the unique opportunity to travel 150 miles to the Herrett Center museum on the campus of the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Idaho to participate in an all night science camp. Team members served as chaperones, class aides, and mentors to 144 third through fifth grade students. It was a TON of fun for everyone.

FIRST Annual Wire Rumble

Pine Ridge Mall, Pocatello, Idaho, February 18, 2012



LiveWire invited many teams from southern Idaho and northern Utah to join us on February 18 at our shop in the Pine Ridge Mall for the FIRST Annual Wire Rumble. Several teams were planning to attend, but had to pull out at the last minute due to non functioning robots. Teton High School, Team 4175,Top of the Mountain from Driggs, Idaho attended and participated in driver practice and scrimmages on our half field. There was plenty of time for all the teams to network, strategize, and troubleshoot together for the upcoming regional competition. Driggs was able to stay after the event for additional help with programming questions and help with their bumpers and robot. It was a blast to network and socialize with other teams!

Activities for younger children included a story time featuring our original student written book about the minibot and feasting on the FIRST logo sugar cookies. Upper elementary and middle school students had an opportunity to sign up for the 5th Annual Robotics Summer Camp. Kids of all ages had fun driving the Vex robots in the mall.

Rookie Team Mentoring


Mentoring continues via weekly teleconferences using Idaho Education Network Classrooms. All rookie teams are making progress and we look forward to seeing them in person at our Wire Rumble on Saturday, February 18, to test robots and troubleshoot mechanical difficulties. Teams first visited our shop for Kick Off brainstorming and a strategy session. All together 95 minds shared ideas, the chicken dance, and pizza. (Thanks Mr. Fellman of jcpenney for lunch!)

Community Tours

Pine Ridge Mall, Pocatello, Idaho

LiveWire has been giving tours almost every night at our new build site. Since 1-7-12, over 250 people have stopped by our shop for a tour and to ask questions about our robot and FIRST Robotics. We had visits from parents, teacher, FLL members, Boy Scouts, and the general public. Thank you Pine Ridge Mall for giving us this unique opportunity.

Holy Spirit Catholic School Story Time

Holy Spirit Catholic School, Pocatello, Idaho, February 13, 2012

LiveWire members had the unique opportunity to present a story time to 20 first graders at Holy Spirit Catholic School. This gave us the chance to bring the message of FIRST to elementary aged children. Team members read robot stories including the reading of an original book written by one of our PR team members, Kip. The children enjoyed meeting the minibot and watching a performance of “Venom” (our 2011 competition robot). Each first grader went home with a custom made bookmark featuring the minibot and a robot pin. In an impromptu showcase, the entire student body came out of their classrooms to line the halls for Venom to race down the hallway.

Pocatello Community Charter School Story Time

Pocatello Community Charter School, Pocatello, Idaho, February 13, 2012

LiveWire members were invited to present their robot story time to 12 first through third graders in the after school reading program at the Pocatello Community Charter School. The children were very excited to see the “big robot” and to receive a custom made bookmark featuring the minibot.

Century High School Electives Fair

Century High School, Pocatello, Idaho February 7, 2012

LiveWire team members participated in the Century High School electives fair. This is an all school event designed to introduce all the available elective classes and clubs offered at CHS. In the evening, all incoming freshmen are invited to attend the event. LiveWire was able to demonstrate our 2011 robot “Venom”, talk about FIRST, and recruit future team members. We also provided information about our upcoming Robotics Summer Camp.

Boy Scout Tour

Pine Ridge Mall, Pocatello, Idaho, February 2, 2012

An alumni of the LiveWire team recently conducted a workshop to help 8 boy scouts obtain their robotics merit badges. These boys and their leaders, from troops 102, 141, and 171, visited the LiveWire build site to tour the facility, ask questions to all of the build groups, and to talk to team members about FIRST robotics. The Scouts were excited to see the robots in progress and were invited to return to the Wire Rumble to see our completed robot in action.

Announcing! LiveWire's little brother FLL team "HotWired" from Burley, Idaho!!

February 2012: NEWS FLASH! HotWired has submitted their original project “Cross-Contamination in Milk” for consideration for the Global Innovation Award. We wish you the best of luck “Little Brother” HotWired!!! We are so proud of you and we know you will do awesome!

November 2011: State results are in, and HotWired won 1st in Research and placed 13th in the robot performance! The Robo Rebels took home 7th in robot performance!

HotWired Presentation

Robo Rebels Presentation

HotWired recently competed in the Twin Falls FLL Competition and won the Research Presentation Award, qualifying them for State!

Their sister team Robo Rebels took home First Place in the Robot Competition as well as the Robot Design Award, qualifying for State as well!

View competition pictures on the Outreach page and articles about the competition on the Media page.

Secret Santa Service Project

Pine Ridge Mall, Pocatello, Idaho, December 2011

LiveWire and HayWire fulfilled the wishes of several underprivileged children as part of a Secret Santa service project. Team members were divided into several groups and given $20 to purchase gifts for these children. It was a great outreach activity to help our community.

Declo High School Assembly and FIRST Pep Rally

Declo High School, Declo, Idaho, November 23rd, 2011


LiveWire was presented with the amazing opportunity to host an assembly at Declo High School to generate interest about FIRST Robotics! LiveWire was able to meet with all the teachers and talk to them about what FIRST is and about the new team that has been created, FRC team #4178. Dirk Stahlecker was then able to speak for approximately 25 minutes about what FIRST is about, a video from St. Louis was shown, and Venom was demonstrated in front of the entire student body! It was a great way to generate interest for the new FRC team that is being started in Declo and to hopefully recruit new members!

Pocatello FLL Regional Competition

Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, November 19th, 2011


LiveWire again had the opportunity to help with the Pocatello FIRST Lego League Regional Competition. LiveWire members assisted in the set up, judging, refereeing, and the running of the competition, and one team member even acted as the Head Referee! It was a fun time and a great competition to help out with.

Twin Falls FLL Regional Competition

Herrett Center, Twin Falls, Idaho, November 5th, 2011


LiveWire had the opportunity to help during the Twin Falls FIRST Lego League Competition. Members helped in the scorekeeping, judging, and Kip Stahlecker was the competition Emcee!

Boy Scouts Robotics Merit Badge Workshop

Grace Lutheran School, Pocatello, Idaho, November 2011


LiveWire hosted a two-day workshop to help Boy Scouts earn their Robotics Merit Badge. 12 badges were awarded at its completion! Three separate troops were represented and students were mixed and matched into four teams to complete LiveWire's custom Rectangle Rumble challenge.

FLL Mentoring

The Academy at the Roosevelt Center, Pocatello, Idaho and Declo 4H, Declo, Idaho, October and November 2011

Members of LiveWire volunteered their time to mentor five FLL teams in Pocatello and Declo. It was a great experience for everyone involved!

Rotary Club Presentation

Gate City Rotary Club Meeting, Pocatello, Idaho, October 4th, 2011

LiveWire was invited to be a guest speaker at a local Rotary Club chapter. Dirk Stahlecker was allotted time to speak about FIRST, team LiveWire, our competitions, and demonstrate our robot Venom. It was a very neat experience and was a lot of fun!

Constructing Brooklyn's Playground

OK Ward Park, Pocatello, Idaho, September 24th, 2011


Brooklyn's Playground is a playground accesible to handicapped children being built in Pocatello. It's a really neat project that LiveWire had the opportunity to be involved with. We spent all morning volunteering our time to help construct the playground along with many members of the community, including the Mayor! LiveWire even recruited members of Pocatello High School's Automotive Program to help in the construction. It was a lot of fun for a great cause!

Robotics Open House

Century High School, Pocatello, Idaho, September 21st, 2011


LiveWire co-hosted an Open House for prospective team members. We had different stations, such as programming, electronics, chassis, and public relations, to give hands-on opportunities and show students what robotics is really about. It was a lot of fun and we had a great turnout!

High School Robot Demonstrations

Century, Highland, and Pocatello High Schools, Pocatello, Idaho, September 19th-21st, 2011

LiveWire had the opportunity to demonstrate "Venom" during lunch at Century High School. Team members drove the robot up and down the hall, drawing attention from the whole school. It was a really fun demonstration! Venom was also displayed at Pocatello High School, and sister team Haywire's robot Viper was shown at Highland High School.

School District #25 School Board Recognition

School District #25, Pocatello, Idaho, September 19th, 2011

School District 25 invited LiveWire and HayWire along with their coaches to be recognized for their accomplishments during the 2011 season. This allowed the teams to express their gratitude to the coaches for their hard work and dedication. It also gave us the opportunity to educate the Superintendent, the school board, and members of the community about FIRST and to demonstrate our robot. Video is located here!

"A Week of FIRST" Proclamation

Pocatello City Council, September 15th, 2011

LiveWire submitted a proclamation to the Pocatello City Council for consideration. On September 15th, Mayor Brian Blad declared September 19th through 23rd as "A Week of FIRST"! The full text of the proclamation is located in the Resources page, it was a really neat experience for LiveWire and the FLL team members who joined us. We are hopeful that it will bring a new recognition of FIRST to the Pocatello community!

2011 Week of FIRST-FLL Visitation

Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho, September 2011

During the Week of FIRST, LiveWire team members visited many of the FLL teams in Pocatello. We brought them triangle, circle, and square sugar cookies and gave them our contact information so we can assist them with any questions they may have about the Food Factor™ Game.

2011 FLL Kickoff

ISU College of Technology, Pocatello, Idaho, September 9th, 2011

LiveWire helped with the Pocatello FIRST Lego League kickoff. Members made presentations, demonstrated robots and sensors, and helped FLL students understand this year's game.

Robotics Summer Camp

ISU Trade & Technology Building 51, Pocatello, Idaho, July 11th-15th, 2011

LiveWire co-hosted a week-long Robotics Summer Camp for students aged 10-14. Campers worked with VEX robots in teams of 2 or 3 to accomplish two very different tasks: an autonomous bumper maze and a teleoperated game similar to Connect-4 called Conquer The Castle. They learned the basics of C programming, building, gears, mechanics, robotics industry, and what FIRST is all about. Participation in the camp also allowed 5 Boy Scouts to earn their Robotics Merit Badge. It's a great experience for everyone involved! Thanks to ISU for graciously allowing us to use their facilities, it wouldn't be possible without you!

T-Shirt Service Project

Yakima, Washington, June 2011

This summer, a local youth group spent a week at the Madison House in Yakima, Washington. Madison House is the youth extension of the Union Gospel Mission and works with high-risk inner-city kids in the gang neighborhoods of Yakima. Our robotics team partnered with them, sending 88 team t-shirts to be donated to the Union Mission's clothing room for homeless men, women, and families in need.

FLL Coaching Workshops

Pine Ridge Mall, Pocatello, Idaho, and the Herrett Center, Twin Falls, Idaho
June 7th, 2011 and June 30th, 2011

LiveWire hosted a FIRST LEGO League coaching workshop on two separate occasions, once in Pocatello and once in Twin Falls. We presented to 7 individuals interested in starting FLL teams and explained the basics of FLL, the requirements, and resources for help. We hope that all of them start FLL teams of their own! [Edit: 5 FLL teams were started with help from these workshops!]

Second Robot Showcase

Pine Ridge Mall, Pocatello, Idaho, June/July 2011

LiveWire once again had an opportunity to display our robot alongside Haywire in our local mall. This time, we were given two vacant stores to set up a display within. Both robots were displayed, along with our trophies and awards, and we also promoted FIRST with a window explaining the acronym and offering more information. The display was set up for over a month.

Twin Falls Robotics Camp

Herrett Center, Twin Falls, Idaho, June 28th - 30th, 2011


LiveWire traveled approximately 100 miles to Twin Falls for a few days to put on a workshop at the Herrett Cener on the College of Southern Idaho campus. In three days, we taught 30 students from Twin Falls, Hailey, Burley, Paul, Jackson, Jerome, Kimberly, and Hagerman how to build and program LEGO NXT robots to compete in our own orignial cooperative game, Rectangle Rumble. We had a lot of fun and it was great to be able to introduce so many students to robotics and FIRST.

Holy Spirit Middle School Demonstration

Holy Spirit Catholic School, Pocatello, Idaho, May 2011

LiveWire was able to attend Holy Spirit School and demonstrate our robot for 4th through 7th grade students. Many were already involved with FLL, and we hope to recruit some for future team members.

Century High School Robot Demonstration

Century High School, Pocatello, Idaho, May 2011

LiveWire demonstrated their robot at Century High School in the commons area during lunch and for several Honors science classes. It was a great opportunity to raise awareness and recruit new students for next year's team.

2011 Environmental Fair

Optimist Park, Pocatello, Idaho, March 2011

Along with team Haywire, LiveWire was able to sell lightbulbs, advertise our Summer Camp, and demonstrate an FRC robot (Haywire's, since ours was shipped to Championships!) to the community at the local environmental fair.

Painting the Rocks

Century, Highland, and Pocatello High Schools, February 2011

Before leaving for the Sacramento Regional, LiveWire and Haywire painted the rocks in front of all three high schools to bring awareness of robotics and FIRST.

Robot Showcase

Pine Ridge Mall, Pocatello, Idaho, February 2011

LiveWire had the opportunity to showcase our FRC robot as well as Vex robots, E-Watt lightbulbs, and our Summer Camp for a day in our local mall. It was a great opportunity to spread the word in the community and show everyone what FIRST is all about.

Volunteering with FIRST Lego League

Pocatello FLL Regional Competition, November 2010

LiveWire attended the Pocatello FLL Regional Competition and offered our help to the competition. Team members helped to referee, run fields, and help around the tournament.