May 10, 2011

The Pics Are In!

Thanks to Velda Morris and Rachel Hammer of the School District of Philadelphia's Secondary Robotics Initiative, I now have some pictures from the Philadelphia Science Festival's Revealing STEM Secrets event held at the Philadelphia School District in downtown Philadelphia.

This event brought together Philadelphia’s leaders of cutting-edge technology in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as they showcase some of their 'hidden gems' of innovation, developing projects and forthcoming products. Collaborators included the School District of Philadelphia, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), Pearson, IBM, SDP Office of Teaching and Learning, Dragon Fly Pictures, Texas Instruments and more.

Moreover, it was an opportunity for Philadelphia High School students to showcase their own creations at the "Tinkering Contest". I entered the contest with a few of my robotic projects such as Project Scout and Project NOMAD. I got to show off the versatility of ROBOTC and the amazing things one can do with Dexter Industries' NXTBee radios as I showed off the various program I had developed.

At the conclusion of the event,
I was awarded the grand prize. I received a membership to AUVSI, a Texas Instrument Inspire calculator (worth about $150!), and a cool HP color printer. All in all, I had a great time! I even got to play Jeopardy against the IBM computer Watson.

Check out the slide show for additional pictures from the event.

This event was also featured in The Philadelphia Tribune!