Demos

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NOTE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and in the interest of public health, Team 190 is temporarily suspending our demo program through the rest of 2020. If you are interested in a demo at any point in the future, please feel free to inquire for more information.

Annually, Team 190 does dozens of demos to groups around central Massachusetts. Demos are public events, typically held at schools, libraries, community centers, scout troops, STEM nights, or festivals. Typically, demos are 50 minutes long, where team members discuss and present information about STEM, robotics, and the team, demonstrate our 120 pound competition robot’s capabilities, and answer questions from the audience. Towards the end of our demos we give audience members the opportunity to drive the robot with the help of team members. At a festival or fair, the team is able to do a many shorter demos to a rotating audience. For school functions, the team is able to run multiple demos back-to-back. To see if your facility can host a demo, please read our Demo Venue Needs page.

In order to offset the costs of transporting our robot and team members, we traditionally ask for a donation to our team. See the table below for our current requested donations:

Driving Distance from WPI Requested Donation (per 50-minute demo)
Within 15 minutes $50
Further than 15 minutes, less than 45 minutes $100
Further than 45 minutes Please Inquire

If your organization meets any of the following criteria, Team 190 will waive the requested donation (up to two demos and within a 45 minute drive of WPI).

  • Located in a city or town that is identified by the state of Massachusetts as having:
    • All its public schools in its public school district meet school wide title Title 1 status*, AND
    • The event is for the general public, such as a STEM fair, town fair, public festival etc., or programming for a public space such as a library, or community center.
  • A K-12 school identified by the state of Massachusetts as having school wide Title 1 status*. 
  • An organization or event with the stated mission of outreach or increasing opportunity for people of an under-represented minority, as defined by WPI (people of Hispanic; Black or African American; American Indian or Alaska Native; and Hawaiian or Pacific Islander origin).

If you have questions, or are interested in scheduling a demo, contact Francis O’Rourke, Assistant Director of the WPI Robotics Resource Center at rrc@wpi.edu

 

*  If you are unsure if your city or town meets this district and/or school wide Title I criteria, please inquire at rrc@wpi.edu