Coastside resident Jim Sutro had a dream.
His dream for years has been to bring a robotics component to the Pacific Coast Dream Machines Show and this year it’s actually gonna happen, April 25 at Half Moon Bay Airport!
“Robotics is all the rage and it’s great because these events aim to inspire children of all ages to develop their STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education which will serve them and society quite well,” Sutro said.
At Dream Machines, a dedicated area will feature Bay Area high school robotics teams displaying, driving and demonstrating their team-made robots.
Leading the robotics charge is The Iron Panthers, a high school FRC (FIRST® Robotics Competition) team from Burlingame, CA.
Since their founding in 2013, they have strived to bring a free, quality STEM education to their local community and provide high school students with a hands-on learning experience where they can develop both technical and interpersonal skills.
This year, they were finalists at the Central Valley Regional, where they also won the Industrial Design Award.
This is their third year attending World Championships in Houston, TX, and they have been quarterfinalists in their division at Championships for the past two years.
“We’re super excited to participate in the Dream Machines Show,” said Katherine Mohr, Captain of The Iron Panthers team. “We’ll be bringing some interesting field elements and may even set up some matches between robots and teams, with participants driving the robots to accomplish tasks that would score points in a competition.”
“My favorite was a frisbee throwing robot at one of the robotic competitions,” said Sutro. “Whatever the teams bring is gonna be cool.”