Show and Tell: students and their robots

Embry-Riddle students construct their own robots.

TRANSCRIPT

THE ROBOTICS ASSOCIATION AT EMBRY-RIDDLE IS THE ONLY STUDENT ORGANIZATION IN THE WORLD, ACTUALLY, THAT COMPETES IN ALL OF THE MAJOR AUVSI ROBOTICS COMPETITIONS.

WE COVER AIR, GROUND, SEA, UNDERWATER, AND EVEN WITH OUR NASA COMPETITION IN SPACE.

THIS ORGANIZATION IS COMPLETELY RUN BY THE STUDENTS.

WE HAVE THE STUDENT OFFICERS AND THEN STUDENT TEAM LEADS FOR EACH OF THE VARIOUS TEAMS.

THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS I LOVE ABOUT THIS.

WE HAVE PROJECTS IN EVERYTHING.

WHEN I CAME IN AS A FRESHMAN, I GOT MY HANDS RIGHT IN THE FIRST WEEK OF MY FRESHMAN YEAR.

I WAS WORKING ON PROJECTS AND DOING THINGS THAT MATTERED AND THAT I LEARNED A LOT FROM.

THE QUAD ITSELF WAS DESIGNED IN-HOUSE HERE, 3-D-PRINTED, WHICH MEANS IT WAS BUILT FROM THE GROUND UP HERE.

IT'S COMPLETELY STUDENT-DESIGNED, AND IT'S FOR OUR INTERNATIONAL AEROROBOTICS COMPETITION.

[ WHIRRING ] AND HOLD IT RIGHT ABOUT THERE.

AND YOU CAN SEE I'M NOT CONTROLLING IT AT ALL.

IT'S COMPLETELY AUTONOMOUS.

RIGHT HERE I HAVE OUR LAST YEAR'S ROBOT FOR NASA'S ROBOTIC MINING COMPETITION.

IT'S A COMPETITION HELD DOWN AT KENNEDY SPACE CENTER EVERY YEAR.

I ACTUALLY LEARNED QUITE A BIT JUST FROM STARTING TO WORK ON IT.

ANYTIME YOU GET YOUR HANDS ON ON ANY OF THESE PROJECTS, YOU'RE GONNA BE LEARNING WHILE WORKING ON THEM, BUT ALSO FROM ALL THE CLASSES I'VE TAKEN, YOU CAN DEFINITELY PUT EVERYTHING YOU LEARN TOGETHER INTO ONE SYSTEM.

IT'S A GREAT LEARNING PROCESS, ACTUALLY GOING TO THE COMPETITION AND THEN WORKING ON THESE PROJECTS, YOU KNOW, BUILDING IT UP, AND YOU ALWAYS GO THROUGH A DESIGN PHASE WHERE YOU COME UP WITH THE IDEAS AND CONCEPTS OF WHAT YOU WANT TO IMPLEMENT, FIND WHAT IS FEASIBLE, AND THEN JUST GO OUT AND DO IT AND MAKE SURE THAT YOUR SYSTEM WORKS, AND HOPEFULLY BETTER THAN THE LAST YEAR.