During the October luncheon, Dr. Adam Tournier, assistant professor of physics at McKendree University, presented “How do We Inspire Tomorrow's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Leaders Today” and focused on the importance of STEM in the United States. He explained For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) and the different leagues: FIRST LEGO League (FLL), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). In addition, he detailed how companies and individuals can get involved. During the brief, the Robo Raiders had an opportunity to present what they do and answered numerous questions about their robot and the FLL. Lastly, Senior Master Sgt. Jerry Taylor, USAF (Ret.), received a Life Member certificate and pin.
In October, members of the Robo Raiders robots team (l-r) Joe, Scott, Cameron and Justine brief the chapter on their current Lego robot, which they designed and built to compete within the FIRST LEGO League.
Marc Purcell (r), chapter president, presents Senior Master Sgt. Jerry Taylor, USAF (Ret.), with a Life Member certificate and pin during the chapter's October luncheon.