A group of Lafayette Parish students – Team Phenomena – that was one of 20 robotics teams selected as finalists from 870 teams in an internationals robotics competition.
Team 3616 Phenomena, from Lafayette, Louisiana, began in 2011, and currently consists of 20 student members (9 girls/11 boys) from six high schools in their area and 15 mentors. Though it is free to join the team, membership requires a passion to encourage others to promote STEM/Robotics (mentor through mentorship), and members encourage and recruit students who are passionate about STEM and robotics to be part of 3616. Team Phenomena is dedicated to spreading STEM and robotics awareness; creating a world where young people celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (and robotics). They continue to be a catalyst for culture change through hosting robotic tournaments, math tournaments, science fairs, community outreach activities, STEM camps, and virtual opportunities.
Pheno Advance 3616 is a pedal assist device equipped with: assist motor, sensors, modified platform pedal, angle assist, mechanical advantage, microprocessor, performance tracker, speed and breaking related safety components, and a low speed start button. This device can be added to any size bicycle to empower children with an impaired leg to become more active, allowing them to ride a bike just like their peers while gaining exercise and strengthening their cardiovascular health. Because a standard bicycle pedal is not accommodating, the modified platform was created as a place to rest the compromised foot, ensuring safety. While in use, the motor is activated to assist the compromised leg with operating the bicycle pedals whereas the motor is deactivated when the uncompromised leg is operating the pedals.
Here is the link to the description of the award show: https://info.firstinspires.org/global-innovation