NOTE: This blog post was written by Andrew, a Pearadox mentor.
What a weekend! We had 4 teams attend kickoff with Pearadox at Turner High School for our annual Pear Up! event. We do this because we hope that we can share our experience with analyzing a game with teams that may have a lot of new team members or rookies, or are looking to strengthen the start to their season. We also had people from the IEEE Galveston bay Section Women in Engineering group, someone speak about the Rodeo Scholarship and the High School Aerospace Scholars, and someone talk about their day job of designing space suits!
Some initial thoughts after we spent all day Saturday reading the rules and discussing robot tasks and strategy, and much of Sunday doing the same + building field:
It was also awesome to have alumni out. Some of our students are writing a blog about the actual kickoff event - but I just wanted to share how rewarding it is as a mentor to see our alumni come back for kickoff to help out. They cut a lot of lumber for us and gave us a huge leg up. Also using our new CNC router and track saw helped a ton too! We've already got a rocket and Levels 2 and 3 built!