The Irrational Engineers had an informative Field Trip to the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab on Friday, November 3rd, 2017. The team members learned a lot and were able to a few hands on activities that they enjoyed immensely.
The continuing goal of The Irrational Engineers is to get our students excited about careers in STEM/STEAM - there is no better place than the APL!
Here is information about the APL from their website - "For more than 70 years, The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) has provided critical contributions to critical challenges with systems engineering and integration, technology research and development, and analysis. Our scientists, engineers, and analysts serve as trusted advisors and technical experts to the government, ensuring the reliability of complex technologies that safeguard our nation’s security and advance the frontiers of space. We also maintain independent research and development programs that pioneer and explore emerging technologies and concepts to address future national priorities.
University Affiliated Research Centers are independent, nonprofit organizations that conduct essential research, development, and systems engineering to support national security needs. The centers serve strategic national priorities, free from conflicts of interest or competition with commercial industry. Collaboration with leading research universities allows these organizations to provide the U.S. government with access to our nation’s most highly skilled scientists, engineers, and analysts to tackle vital national security and scientific challenges.
Founded in 1942 to aid a country at war, we provide solutions to national security and scientific challenges with systems engineering and integration, research and development, and analysis. Throughout our seven decades of service, we have focused on practical applications of our research in a wide range of scientific and technological fields; today, our four main sponsored areas of work include air and missile defense, asymmetric operations, force projection, and space science. Additionally, we continue to honor our enduring commitment to work with and inspire future generations of scientists, engineers, and researchers.
Today the Irrational Engineers are preparing for our presentation that's on Wednesday! On the mechanical team they are re-assembling our robot to make it even better. For the programming team today they are working on how to use a programming app so they can store their files. Our whole team has worked hard today preparing for Wednesday.
We are learning how to do CAD (Computed Aided Design) using Solidworks software. One of our nearby sister FRC teams, Team 4949, The Parkdale High School Robopanther's Head Coach, Karen Bogoski, became a Solidworks instructor course this summer and has graciously agreed to be our instructor. We have been sponsored by Solidworks and plan to produce parts for our robot designed by our students and 3D printed at the Team 4949 Maker Space.
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The Irrational Engineers is a FIRST FRC robotics team dedicated to teaching highschool students about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics while still having Fun.