Outreach Events 2020
The Alabama Astrobotics Team participates in many outreach events each cycle. Events range from on campus demonstrations to elementary school visits, with the aim to inspire students to be involved and interested in STEM activities and careers. We are always looking for new outreach opportunities!
Cockpit Innovation: In Stealth Fighter Jets
Victoria Whitehead, from Holy Spirit High School in Tuscaloosa, AL, is working with Alabama Astrobotics for her project in the West Alabama Regional Science Fair. She has been paired with Senior Member Gregory Shipowitz to further her technical knowledge of her project because of limited access to coding classes at her school. The point of Victoria's project is to make a fighter pilot's seat adjust based on the G-force experienced in the jet. She is using an accelerometer to measure the current acceleration of the pilot to calculate the Gs experienced which is sent as data to a Raspberry Pi. Based on this data, she will then use a linear actuator to adjust the pilot’s seat in response to eliminate G-LOC (Loss Of Consciousness). Victoria started developing this project last year, and received the honor of competing in Intel’s International Science and Engineering Fair 2019; she hopes to travel to the international competition again this year.
Pizitz Robotics ~ October 14, 2019
The Pizitz Robotics Team toured our lab where we talked to them about Robotics. We taught them about the parts we used and shared experiences about what it's like working in a lab. The Pizitz Robotics Team learned about what it's like working on a large scale project while having fun exploring possibilities of their futures in STEM.
Worlds of Work Career Expo ~ October 10-11, 2019
The Worlds of Work Career Expo is an event at Shelton State Community College in which displays from over one hundred businesses present to over five thousand elementary school students from West Alabama about industry standards, with the ultimate goal of encouraging a future where students can have successful careers as engineers. The Alabama Astrobotics team showed off Stressy Bessy and showcased our best runs from last year's competition.
E-day ~ October 3, 2019
E-day is an Open House hosted by the college of Engineering designed to share information about University admissions and programs. We set up displays in our lab and the SERC to help families and students to find out about our competition and understand more about our robot. We had over thirty students in the lab at once!
Family Weekend ~ September 20, 2019
Family weekend is a University event where prospective students along with their families can come to meet engineering student design teams. We displayed our robot and set up some prototype parts so that those interested could get a better understanding of our mission.
Pack 90 ~ September 15, 2019
Pack 90 Cub Scouts earned their robotics patches after observing the Alabama Astrobotics' Stressy Bessy in action! The troop was encouraged to have fun while learning about how robots can be used for space exploration.
Alabama STEM Education ~ July 16, 2019
The University of Alabama hosted a group of approximately 80 students from Alabama STEM Education in Bessemer, AL. Astrobotics gave a robotics presentation related to upcoming space missions and the rovers needed for those missions, including a discussion about NASA's RMC.
Reach to the Stars ~ September to October, 2019
For part of Alabama Astrobotics' Outreach Cycle we bringing back our beloved US map! As the year continues, red pins will represent team members while black pins will represent visitors. Our ultimate goal is to illustrate how far we can share the the love of robotics during this 2019-2020 season.