Reading Robots Rock!: LiveWire Literacy

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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.

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.

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

  

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 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.

Community Story Times

Reading Robots Rock! at the 4H Open House

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


2015 Pocatello Regional FLL Qualifier

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

OneByte and LiveWire debuted their newest (as yet untitled) story book to all the FLL teams at the Pocatello FLL Qualifier Tournament. Everyone enjoyed it!

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.

Downey Elementary School Literacy Night

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


OneByte and LiveWire members were invited to perform a Reading Robots Rock! story time at the Downey Elementary School's Literacy Night. They were able to read their original story books and demonstrate their robots as well. Thank you for inviting us - It was an absolute blast!

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 (2 story times per day) 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!

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.

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.

Pocatello FLL Quallifier 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.

Eastern Idaho State Fair

EISF Fairgrounds, 4H Building, Blackfoot, Idaho, August 30, 2014

When it is story time, sometimes you just have to get in the middle of things and start the story.  LEGOS and books about robots….it just doesn’t get any better than that.

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!

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!

Jefferson Elementary Science Fair

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

We were invited to demonstrate our robot and talk to the Kindergarten - 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.

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.

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!

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls, Idaho, August 3rd, 2013

Our books aren't only for younger children! During the RYLA talent show, Kip dressed up as Mr. Rogers and read "To The Top" to an audience of high school students, who seemed to enjoy the book every bit as much as the children we normally read it to. Click the picture above for video of the presentation!

Snake River Community Library

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!

Herrett Center For the Arts and Science

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

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.

2013 Environmental Fair

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.

Certificate of Distinction

Darrell, our own Little Free Library, received recognition as a Little Free Library of Distinction!

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.

2013 Bannock County 4-H Open House

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

 Eight children enjoyed a robot story time read by LiveWire team members at the Bannock County 4-H Open House. Darrell, our Little Free Library – STEM Edition Robot was also there for the children to pick out a book to take home.

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

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

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.

2012 Twin Falls FLL Regional Competition

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

LiveWire had the opportunity to help 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.

Herrett Center for the Arts and Science

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

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.

Marshall Public Library Book Wagon

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.

2012 Portneuf Valley Environmental Fair

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, 2010

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" at the Portneuf Medical Center

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!

Utah FRC Regional

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.

Pocatello Community Charter School

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 at the Herrett Center

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.

Holy Spirit Catholic School

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

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.