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One of our mentors, Dr. Chris Harris, a neuroscientists that used to work for the NIH and recently joined a startup called backyard brains. Its core mission is to increase the opportunity for high schools students to take steps into the field of neuroscience. It is not taught much at schools so he, along with his company, developed robots and programs that have artificial "brains". They also developed a software that allows users to add in neurons and synapsis to see how it would affect the robot. We offered to beta test these robots. Dr. Harris came to one of our member's house and we had a great time learning and interacting with the robots. We can't wait for the public design and product!
The Wizards organized another scrimmage at USRA. It was a great way to practice for ESR and allowed us to meet with some other great FTC Teams. 3 other teams attended including 7128 MP3. We all had a great time and we were able to practice against great robots.
The Wizards hosted a very small scrimmage at Launch Workplaces. Only one team was able to attend, Schrodinger's Hats. Although there was a lack of teams, we used some of our past competition and outreach bots that have been modified to place defense and score points. It was really fun and we were able to get in a lot of practice.
There was 5 other FTC teams at the event. Due to the large quantity of robots in one field, there was a large crowd interested in controlling the robots. Frost STEAM night was similar to JWMS STEM Night. We took Gandalf again. We hope that we can start a STEM Club or team at the school.