CUAUV and CUAir co-hosted the Boy Scouts Robotics Workshop for scouts around the Ithaca area to earn their Robotics Merit Badge. 17 scouts came to Cornell's campus to learn about robotics and engineering, and then build their own SeaPerch submarines! Both the scouts and CUAUV/CUAir team members had a lot of fun building the submarines and then testing them in a pool outside.
The team had an exciting time today participating in two events on campus. One group held a table in Duffield at Tau Beta Pi's Science and Engineering Fair talking to many people about the team and about the vehicle. At the same time, another group of CUAUV team members were in the lab hosting prospective students building balloon-powered boats. The prospective students then raced them against each other to see who's boat was the fastest.
On Thursday, April 10th, CUAUV participated in Caroline Elementary School's STEM Night and talked to young kids about robotics and engineering. This is the first Caroline STEM Night and over 280 people showed up! We talked about our sub and did visual recognition demos with the kids and they loved it! It was a great experience for the team and we hope to be a part of it in the future again.
Markus and Kent were interviewed by Matt Porter from WBNG Binghamton to talk about the real-world applications for AUVs. These included deep sea exploration and searching for and recovering a black box after a plane crash. Markus and Kent shared their experiences on the team and the scope of AUV technology.
The interview was featured on Action News 12 on the evening of April 7th:
Over spring break, several members of the team, along with CUAir, traveled to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. to kick off National Robotics Week. Markus, Ellen, Mark and Alex tabled at the event on April 4th and 5th, and they were able to talk to a lot of people about AUVs and robotics and give a presentation. The team was even featured on USA Today! In addition, Cornell Engineering put together a short video of the trip after returning to campus.
While the team was in Washington, D.C., they also took part and presented at a Cornell Engineering Alumni event called "Experiential Learning - The Student Project Team Experience at Cornell."
Link to USA Today:
Link to the short video of the trip:
Link to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum:
Last Saturday's Girl Scouts Workshop co-hosted with Society of Women Engineers (SWE) was a success! The girls had a blast doing activities at various stations and earned their Detective Badge. The event was featured in the Cornell Chronicle and you can read more about it here: