Week 1 2014W – Imagine Day, Lunch & Learn, and a New School Year!

UBC Thunderbots welcomes you back to another year at UBC, and for those that are joining us for the first time, welcome! Things were off to a rough start this year with some severe rainfall on Imagine Day – it’s like the weather knows it needs to get back to work and rain on us.

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2014 UBC Imagine Day – More like Rain-magine Day.
September 2, 2014

In spite of the heavy rain that got out of control sometime mid-afternoon, we found ourselves a tent and continued to showcase our robots even though rain and our robots don’t really get along with each other.  Thankfully our tent was large enough to run a live demo safely, though our team members suffered and stood in the rain as they tried their best explaining what we do to curious students. Their hard work paid off as our demo generated a lot of interest from freshmen and senior students alike, piquing the interest of over 125 students in our robots. Thank you to everyone that stopped by to speak with us, it is nice to know that rain mishaps won’t stop students’ plans to learn more about clubs.

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EDTC Lunch & Learn – BBQ, First Years, & Robot Shenanigans
September 3, 2014

The EDTC Lunch & Learn was an event exposed curious 1st year Applied Sciences students to various engineering design student teams at UBC and give them an idea on how they can apply their skills to an ongoing student team project. Hosted right at our home base in the Engineering Design Center, we had our robots running around freely literally on its home turf.

Scott running the presentation
Scott running the presentation

Scott Churchley – our Technical Lead – gave a presentation on our robots and how it works while our safety officer Alice Lam ran the demo at full speed. We drew in a sizable crowd throughout the lunch hour as our two seniors engaged in some serious robot shenanigans.

Home base: swag-ified

New Year, New Goals….

There is a lot of work ahead of us as we have ambitious plans for this upcoming year. Seeing the performance of our competitors’ robots at the 2014 RoboCup Competition, the team agrees that a complete design overhaul for our robots will put ourselves in a better position for next year’s competition at Hefei, China. We thought the best way to start our design overhaul is to give our home base some new decor, so up went the swag we collected over the years at previous RoboCup competitions – roadside banners, team jerseys, posters and more! With our swag-ified workspace all ready to go, our members will hopefully find new inspirations for our new fleet of robots!

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…and New Member Recruitment!

Our Mechanical, Electrical, and Software team leads are currently looking for dedicated, ambitious individuals to help us succeed in next year’s competition, so if you are interested in joining and haven’t applied, be sure to register here and tell us why you should be recruited. Our first round recruitment ends this upcoming Wednesday, September 8, 2014, so be sure to apply if you are interested.

We’ll also be at BizWeek for Admin Recruitment!
September 11, 2014 11:00 – 14:00

The Admin team will be at BizWeek this upcoming Thursday to recruit new admin team members. They will be looking for candidates that have experience in social media, event management, travel planning, using design tools, and approaching possible sponsors for funding. If you want to be involved in a managerial role with us, be sure to find us outside (or inside if it’s raining) the Henry Angus building this Thursday between 11:00 – 14:00! We’ll have full job descriptions at our booth.

 

And that’s a wrap folks, check back next week for another weekly update!

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