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Robotics Living-Learning Community

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The Clarkson FIRST Robotics Living Learning Community is a pair of suite-style residence hall floors in Graham Hall's Donahue House, which is usually reserved for upperclassman housing. It's designed to bring together forty students, both freshmen and sophomores, to provide a tight knit living community. As students of this floor, we live and work together, and do outreach within the FIRST Robotics family of programs to students from elementary through high school levels.

From our home in a Donahue, we do outreach across all FIRST programs to schools across St. Lawrence County and beyond. The FIRST Lego League and FIRST Tech Challenge teams can call in to us using our Remote Mentoring program any time during their build season, and we invite them to work with us once a week here on Clarkson’s campus. We host coaches’ clinics to help train teachers and mentors. We also work with two local highs schools in conjunction with the FIRST Robotics Competition SPEED team here at Clarkson. Other robotics activities include a micro-robotics exchange program with Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan.

Our community also participates in fun activities outside of robotics outreach. Some of these include guest speakers, hosting a League of Legends and Starcraft tournament, bowling, barbeques, and bonfires. Plus, you can always suggest your own ideas for activities! The floors are always looking for new ideas. 

There are many benefits to living on the FIRST Robotics LLC. Freshmen can live in upperclassmen, suite-style housing, live alongside upperclassmen in a mentor/mentee program, gain community service hours from our outreach efforts, experience opportunities for leadership within the floor, and take advantage of a high-tech lounge with a smartboard for learning and entertainment. Plus, we have SO much fun!