On September 12th and 13th, students from local FRC teams attended the Festival of Machines Demo at Conner Prairie. The Festival of Machines’ goal is to provide spectators with hands-on opportunities to learn more about machines, specifically transportation technology. From antique cars to helicopters, they have it all!
Kids enjoyed seeing what fun things robots could do, like shooting Frisbees!
Both kids and adults enjoyed learning how to drive and operate the robots.
“The most exciting part was when I got to speak with families and let them know their kid/s have an opportunity to get involved… and seeing their surprised reactions.” - Andrew, FRC 1741.
Kids learned that even if a task looks simple, like stacking totes, it can be more complicated and take a lot of different skills when driving and operating a robot.
“One of the most exciting parts of this event was watching and seeing the joy and excitement in people while they were driving epic robots!” - Ryan, FRC 1024.
Students got first-hand experience with how to fix a broken bot, thanks to the amazing students on FRC 1024 for taking great care of the IndianaFIRST drive chassis!
FIRST students are changing the world through participating in community demonstrations like this one.
“I’m changing the world by makings kids smile, one at a time.” - Austin, FRC 1529
“I’m changing the world by inspiring future generations!” - Alexis, FRC 1024
It was even a great learning experience for IndianaFIRST’s Executive Director, Renee Becker-Blau, as she learned how to operate Whizbee, FRC 1741’s Frisbee bot.
To see more pictures from the event visit the IndianaFIRST Facebook Page!
I would like to thank all the teams that participated in this event: FRC 1024, FRC 1529, and FRC 1741!
I would also like to extend a special thanks to AndyMark for all their support in getting field parts to demos for IndianaFIRST. Our demos would not be as big of a success without your help and support!
September 24th - FRC District Event Registration Opens (Is your team Green to Go?)
October 1st - KOP and Kickoff Registration Opens
October 3rd - Indy RAGE & Celebrate Science Demo
October 8th - Second District Event Registration Opens
October 17th - CAGE Match
October 24th - IndianaFIRST Forums
October 31st - Battle of the Bluegrass