Gold Coast 2017 was another successful event for NDIA SD Chapter STEM Committee and their Robotic Demonstration at Gold Coast. Located at the Town & Country Convention Center, the kids and their robots took up a large section of the exhibit hall for their demonstration and once again both Industry and Government spent a good amount of time in the robotics section meeting with the students and their robots. The Teams were invited to attend the Gold Coast luncheon and speaker presentations which they thoroughly enjoyed. The students were sat with Industry and Government attendees for lunch to foster conversations with the students about careers in STEM and how robotics is a growing field in both industry and the Department of Defense.
Robotic Teams in attendance included; Kearney High School HammerHeads led by John Driego de Dios, Eastlake High School’s TitanBot led by Joel Foust, Holy Cows led by Cathy Schultz, San Ysidro High School Cougarbots led by Carrie Northum, Poway High School Team Spyder led by Rodger Dohm, Robotics team 4216, Rise of Hephaestus, National Champions, led by Louie Lee, and Olympic View Elementary School Eagle Eye Engineers led by Victoria Wiseman and Gloria McKearney.
Special thanks to Mike Parente, Gold Coast Chair and Jim Lasswell, NDIA Small Business Chair for opening up the Gold Coast Small Business Procurement Event to the Robotic Teams and to Lillian Maestas, NDIA STEM Chair for coordination.