On Sunday May 4th, representatives from the Allendale Columbia FIRST Lego League (AC FLL) teams met with members of the Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (CUAUV) team. Fourth grader Quinn Bill-Grenn, fifth graders Adrian Fuller and Garrett Wilson, plus sixth graders Liza Cotter and Matt Duver attended the three hour event held in Upson Hall at Cornell University’s Engineering College. Allendale Columbia FLL visitor and Cornell Computer Science Professor, Dr. Michael George, and AC fourth grader Mary Cotter and eighth grader Danielle Fuller also participated in a day filled with a wide-range of engineering discussions.
The day began with a presentation by the Allendale Columbia FLL teams to the Cornell team about the challenges of the FLL Robot Game. The CUAUV team then presented information about the RoboSub competition and their five-time-champion robots. Following a question and answer session, the AC students were treated to a tour of the CUAUV lab, including hands-on inspections and demonstrations of the propulsion system, ultrasonic sensors, torpedos, submarine simulation software, and computer vision system. Other nearby student-run teams provided impromptu tours, including the CUAir autonomous drone team and the Baja off-road vehicle team. The day ended with pizza and casual discussion about robot game strategies. The CUAUV team even invited us back in the fall to brainstorm about each of our annual competitions!
A special thank you to Liza Cotter for contacting the CUAUV team and working with Cornell senior Katie Risvold to organize the day.
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