On May 14, 2011 the Aluminum Falcons ran a demonstration at the Groton Public Library as part of their Star Wars celebration:

"Aluminum Falcons...like the millennium falcon...like from Robot Chicken...moving on" - Brian Chidley

In addition to a full run through an explanation of FIRST, this year's game, our robot, and of course sponsorship appreciation, the team played a demonstration game using a home-built scoring rack, demonstrated the robot's 2-speed transmission with some drag racing, and even got to tour the children's section with the robot. Talyn even got up close and personal with the library's tallest resident, the giraffe.

In addition to this, we really struck a chord with the children, of which there were many. The Star Wars theme that attracted them to the library also ensured that any takers would be interested in technology, and indeed they were very interested to see the robot. It's safe to say the team will have some new members in six year's time. Their parents were also interested in asking us about some of the more technical aspects of the machine.


Finally, next to taking some quite frankly epic pictures, the children also helped us with a physics demo, showing that high gear means high speed, while low gear means high strength.




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