Recently, members of the Skycatch engineering team met via video conference with a student robotics team based in Midlothian, VA and answered questions as they prepared for their local FIRST LEGO League Robotics competition. Crowded around the kitchen table where they meet on a weekly basis the team, comprised mostly of students from Robius Middle School, asked carefully prepared questions that pertained to the current competition subject: trash.
The students were tasked with finding ways to help clean up the environment specifically by engineering a way to remove the ubiquitous amounts of trash that litter our neighborhoods. Once they decided they would use a drone to locate and remove trash, their coach, Chris Collier, reached out to Skycatch and asked if we would be willing to support their efforts by answering a variety of engineering questions. A short while later we connected with the team and answered questions ranging from “Could a drone use sensors to locate and pick up litter on its own?” to “How heavy an object can a drone lift?”. The assembled engineering team, comprised of members from our Software, Firmware, Mechanical and Flight Operations teams took turns answering their questions and providing them a wealth of additional information.
Not long after Chris wrote us to let us know that the team had successfully taken first place in their local competition and was headed to the state competition. We are very happy for the team and wish them all the best as they head to the state championships. Here’s a video of the team competing in their local competition:
Skycatch is actively engaged in social outreach programs and responded to the Nepal Earthquake earlier this year where we worked with organizations such as UNESCO and other charitable groups. We welcome the opportunity to work with schools via our Skycatch@School initiative and interested parties can currently contact us at: relief(at)skycatch.com