With thousands of students streaming through the halls of IMTS, we drew crowds of students cheering for launches. And every day, we had a leaderboard tallying who earned the most points. Points were accumulated based on where the rocket landed, due to the performance and stability of their model design. Though, it should be noted that even the duds were a big hit -- some students made their rockets so heavy that after an enthusiastic count down they made it about a foot into the air before crashing into the concrete. Those received hearty cheers of their own.
Undeterred, many students who didn't have a bullseye launch their first time around went back to the drawing board to tweak their designs until they found one that gave them results.
We loved being part of the energetic event and watching young innovators at work. Those students kept us on our toes the whole week!
Rocket Challenge for Business
This event also got us thinking. Not only is this challenge fun for students, it's fun for everyone! If you are a business or organization that wants to support STEM in your area, this could be a great way to connect with your community. It's affordable, requires a limited number of supplies, and can really draw a crowd.
If you're interested in putting on an event like this in your own community, get in touch with us to find out how. We'd love to help you get started.
Thanks to all of you who stopped by to say hello at the show, and a big congratulations to Gary Squire from JD Machine in Ogden, UT! He is our lucky winner of the MakerGear M2 giveaway at IMTS 2016!
He was a software guy, not a machinist. Not yet, anyway. But one afternoon at auction, he got into a spirited bidding war on a machine. $250 later he had his very own vintage micro-lathe. It was exactly what he needed to enable him to begin making a real difference in the dawning desktop 3D printer movement.