We were invited to display our robot at the Pathfinder Symposium for the second year. This year it was held in the East Hall of the VBC in Huntsville. We loaded up our robot and driving supplies, and 10 students for the event this year.
The students engaged with the symposium attendees and demonstrated the robot's capabilities.
In addition to demonstrating our robots, all the students had the opportunity to visit all the exhibits. Some took the opportunity to try a flight simulator, others were able to build model airplanes.
The students also presented our robot in an auditorium in front of all of the symposium attendees, and many of the exhibitors.
Today we participated in the Festival portion of the Celebrating Education Parade & Festival. Several students came out to school on Saturday to help out.
We set up on the other side of the track/football field as we have in the past. The concrete pads we used to use for driving the robot now have bleachers on them. We had to find a spot near electricity so we could use the wifi to talk to our robot. We spread out a tarp so as not to destroy the robot wheels on the asphalt.
Several people stopped by to either drive the robot or watch. We also had buttons, bookmarks, keychains, and candy to hand out.
We did have to compete with the free fried fish sandwich line, which attracted almost everyone at the Festival.
As lunch was wrapping up we decided to pack up and take everything back inside. Our robot wasn't cooperating (as sometimes happens) and instead of troubleshooting in the heat we decided to leave. Most of the other booths had also left by that time anyway. We did have a good time, and awed many of the attendees with our robot.