This morning our team had the wonderful opportunity to host an international group of women in STEM through Global Ties Alabama. The students talked to the visitors about FIRST Robotics, what the team does, how our robot works, and what their future plans were. The visitors in turn told the students about what they do in their countries.
Afterwards we took the visitors downstairs to the Advanced Manufacturing section of the school and showed them the: 1) CAD/Solidworks class, 2) 3D printing lab with the printer that manufactures meatal parts, the carbon fiber room with the kiln for curing the material, and then the welding class/building.
The visitors were impressed with the students and how much they knew about the robot and robotics. The students had a great time also, and were reluctant to go back to class when the visit was over.
We once again wowed all the little kids attending STEAMfest by letting them drive our robot around.
Our friends the Gigawatts were unable to attend, but another friend, Team 34 The Rockets, were there. In addition, there were several FIRST Tech Challenge teams there, including:
Our students had fun handing out buttons, Halloween candy, and supervising the children who got to drive the robot. The robot was in almost constant use for several hours, and overheated a few times. That's what happens when you have 4 tanks for compressed air - as pressure rises, the temperature rises. We also went through three fully charged batteries.
The students are already thinking ahead to next year -- first of all bring more batteries. Second - we should have a swerve chassis to display! Until next year!