First Robotics at the Cradle of Aviation Museum
Original report by: Patrick Delieto, Echo Base; with support from Chris Feehan.
Echo Base and the Empire City Garrison attended the First Robotics, Second Annual Scrimmage at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, Long Island, New York. We were there on behalf of the Girls Team “The Icrebreakers” on Saturday January 5th, 2013 from 10am-2pm. The Cradle of Aviation Museum is Long Island’s Air and Space museum, and features an actual unused Moon Lander, A10 Tank killer, and other incredible artifacts from our aviation history. They also have a Dome IMAX, motion rides, and some really impressive exhibits. They hosted the 2nd Annual First Lego League scrimmage for FIRST Robotics. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics, though a partnership with the Girl Scouts, fosters opportunities for girls to explore Math (STEM program) by providing hands-on experience in the designing, building and programming of robots. This was a great event for us, and it not only helped the museum, but it helped bring awareness to the FIRST program. We were there to help cheer the teams on, and inspire the kids interest in robotics.
The Rebel Legion’s Echo Base was joined by members of the 501st Legion’s Northeast Remnant Garrison and the Empire City Garrison. We would like to thank everyone who attended for their support, especially those who came from locations far far away. Thanks to all the family members and friends of the costumers who assisted with getting us dressed, taking photos, keeping us organized, and running the Shoot-A-Trooper event. We raised over $50 for the Pinwheel Project and helped spread the word about what we do. Special thanks to our photographers Jason Colflesh and Vicki Lares, for helping document the event with some fantastic images. We do plan to return to the Cradle of Aviation Museum again on June 15th, 2013.