On Thursday, September 13, fourteen WildStang team members presented at the International Manufacturing Technology Show 2018. Over 130,000 professionals and students attended the conference. It was an educational, fun, and rewarding experience that allowed our team to share our FIRST Experiences with younger students and industry professionals.
The International Manufacturing Technology Show, or IMTS, is an event that allows both professionals and students to get up close and personal with new technology, interact with engineers, corporate executives, and other tech builders, and to find inspiration among fellow visionaries. On the trade floor, businesses of all sorts show off all of their latest innovations to inspire the next generation of engineers on how they can improve the industry. It is a great event for anyone who is interested in technology and upcoming innovations to attend.
While WildStang was at the show, they had the opportunity to interact with other FIRST teams of different programs. We presented alongside FRC Teams 4292, PorterBots from Lockport, IL, and 135, Penn Robotics, from Mishawaka, IN. Also in the FIRST booth were several FLL and FTC teams.
Students learned valuable educational lessons about problem solving, public speaking, and interacting with emerging technologies. Electrical sub-team member Tillie says that she learned about several companies in the area and the new technologies they are utilizing. Mechanical subteam member Chris’ favorite part of the day was driving the robot and completing repairs when it had issues. Seth, who is on the electrical sub team, spoke about the public interaction, saying that he received “a lot of questions about the intake on the robot. It fell off during the presentation. I also got a lot of questions about the electrical wiring on the back of the robot.”
WildStang is immensely thankful for this amazing experience. Thank you so much to everyone who made this opportunity possible for all the students, and as Seth suggests of IMTS, “If you have the opportunity to go, go, and you won’t regret it.”