CUAUV has been testing in the campus pool, Teagle Hall, six nights per week in preparation for RoboSub. We are also working hard on putting together our 2014 Competition Video. The team has experimented with different lighting and visual effects, which has led to a fun, creative, and challenging experience. Keep an eye out for the video this weekend!
Several members of CUAUV were invited by the AUVSI Foundation to attend AUVSI's Unmanned Systems 2014 conference, and showcase our new autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) - Gemini - in the AUVSI Foundation/Student Pavilion.
Attending the Unmanned Systems Conference was a valuable experience, allowing us to meet up with many of our current sponsors, pursue future sponsors, and showcase Cornell’s newest AUV to many industry experts. The conference brings together around 8,000 leading experts in autonomous maritime, underwater, air, and ground vehicles. Sharing ideas with these industry professionals will also give us an opportunity to gain some of their expertise, and apply that to our own engineering practices. We will also had the opportunity to attend many different talks and special interest presentations.
In addition, we were interviewed by and featured on EngineeringTV! You can see the video at http://www.engineeringtv.com/video/Cornell-Student-s-Robotic-Submar.
CUAUV and CUAir co-hosted the Boy Scouts Robotics Workshop for scouts around the Ithaca area to earn their Robotics Merit Badge. 17 scouts came to Cornell's campus to learn about robotics and engineering, and then build their own SeaPerch submarines! Both the scouts and CUAUV/CUAir team members had a lot of fun building the submarines and then testing them in a pool outside.
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.