Team 980 built a “stand-alone” t-shirt cannon designed to be easily mounted onto a robot chassis for demonstration and outreach events. Starting just after our return from IRI, an air-powered cannon was designed, built and tested in less than two weeks. Several Team 980 students, particularly Joey, Galina, Aaron, Alex, Alejandro, Bruno, and Laura worked with mentors David Toyne, Gerry O’Rourke, AJ Yeckel and David Brinza on the cannon at the Neighbors Empowering Youth (NEY) Lincoln Ave facility on Saturdays and a few weekday evenings.
Our t-shirt cannon was mounted to Team 2404?s Breakaway robot and was a big hit at the Los Angeles Sparks “City of Pasadena Night” event on August 4 at Staples Center. The crowd was awestruck by the height of the t-shirts fired from the cannon. The event was an exciting and successful demonstration of the NEY robotics program.
Erik Dreyer (Pasadena Education Foundation, Robotics Program Coordinator) posted a video of the t-shirt cannon firing four shirts into the Staples Center crowd in less than a minute: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8miC6lSntuw