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:
Gemini had its first control test this past Sunday at our weekly pool test! The entire team has been working very hard for the past few months and we are very proud that Gemini is finally in the water. We will still be working on Gemini in the upcoming months leading up to the competition. We'd like to thank everyone for all of the support and you will be seeing more of Gemini in the upcoming months!
CUAUV is featured on MathWorks, one of the team's Gold Sponsors, for the team's success using MathWorks' program. The team uses MATLAB to gather sensor and signal data and processes them in real time. These are crucial to the team's success at the competition every year and we are thankful for MathWorks' sponsorship. Read more about it here! http://www.mathworks.com/academia/students/cornell-cuauv/
CUAUV team members returned to campus just a week after the New Year to participate in JanFab, a two-week period over winter break where students work around the clock to prepare for upcoming competitions. The team spend hours in the Emerson Manufacturing Lab in Rhodes Hall every day to get as much machining done as possible. This helps the team stay ahead of schedule before the workload from the semester piles up.
Read about CUAUV during JanFab here!
We are happy to announce that our USEED fundraising campaign has reached 50% of our goal of $10,000! Thank you for all your generous contribution. Please continue to support us in the coming weeks!
CUAUV is happy to collaborate with USEED to launch a fundraising campaign this year. Donations to CUAUV's fundraising campaign will enable the team to further enhance its vehicle and for its members to explore and push the limits of AUV technology.
Visit our campaign page here to learn more and donate!