Boeing Family Day
On April 26th, San Marino High School’s Titanium Robotics attended Boeing Family Day. At the event, families visited the Boeing Facilities to see the informational booths and activities present. Titanium Robotics brought their competition robot Joys[Ti]ck, practice robot S[Ti]cky, and t-shirt robot cannon [Ti]rone to demonstrate with at Boeing Family Day. Since the seniors and juniors on the team had state testing and could not attend, the event was run by the underclassmen. The sophomores and freshmen rose to the occasion and took on the responsibility of packing all the robots and tools as well as setting up the pit where they worked. At Boeing Family Day, they taught the children how to operate the robots and encouraged them to join robotics and other STEAM-related fields. “I am proud to be a member of Titanium Robotics and be able to share our robotics experience with others at Boeing,” expressed freshman Angie Yung.
Afterward, Mr. French, the team’s mentor at Boeing, gave Titanium Robotics a tour through the facilities. A Boeing chemist showed the members numerous experiments, teaching them about luminescence, pH levels, and equilibrium reactions. Next, the team was taken into Boeing’s 3D printer laboratory. There they discovered how the printers worked and saw the uses of 3D printed objects. Lastly, team members learned to layer carbon fiber which can be used to fashion lightweight, sturdy mechanisms. These presentations familiarized the students with science and technology, as Safety Captain Jonathan Fong explained, “I never really thought that being a scientist was a career option until now, so the experience was really enlightening.” All in all, the trip to Boeing was a unique experience in STEAM for those on the team.
On May 24th, Titanium Robotics will be holding a banquet to commemorate all their achievements this robotics season. Members, mentors, and sponsors will reflect on their experiences on the team, and everyone will bid farewell to the seniors while welcoming the new cabinet and commencing another year of robotics.
About Titanium Robotics
Titanium Robotics is a team consisting of over 100 students, mainly from San Marino High School, who come together with a common interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students learn from professional engineers and mentors to build and compete in the annual FIRST Robotics Challenge with a robot of their own design. Programming, electrical work, computer-aided design, and business management are all run by student representatives, making the entire organization student-led from start to finish.
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST ® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and more than $14 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST ® Robotics Competition (FRC®) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) for high-school students, FIRST®LEGO® League (FLL®) for 9 to 14-year olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S., Canada, and Mexico) and Junior FIRST®LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious Professionalism™ is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org