The team traveled to Houston on Monday to participate in the semester’s TSGC Design Challenge Showcase at South Shore Harbor in League City, TX. The event was amazing! We were all very impressed with the amount of thought and work that Debbie and the TSGC crew put in to make the day awesome. From binders with all the teams’ info to our team patches made into buttons, to gift bags with some TSGC swag, they thought of absolutely everything.
The day started with a poster session, where all the teams had poster and prototype displays that the judges could stroll around and look at. We all stood by our poster to discuss our project with the Showcase attendees and answer any questions about our design.
Next up was the presentation portion of the day. We presented an abbreviated (15 minute) version of our final presentation, followed by a five minute Q&A session. The judges had some very insightful questions, and overall our presentation was very effective and glitch-free!
After lunch and a few more presentations came the awards ceremony, and we were thrilled with our success! In addition 1st Place Design Team (1st semester), 1st Place Paper Submission, and 1st Place Showcase Presentation, the team came away with ten other awards recognizing our hard work over the course of the semester. Not only were the accolades appreciated, but each came with a small scholarship which really added up!
The next day way presented to our professor and classmates here at UT, and the presentation went equally as smoothly. It was great to have the Showcase presentation the day before, since it was a good dry run for our presentation on Tuesday that actually counts for our grade!
Now all that’s left before graduation is the Final Report, which the team has already begun compiling. It’s been an exciting and edifying semester, and we’d like to thank everyone involved in our project who made it great: Dr. Crawford, Travis McEvoy, Dr. Seepersad, Debbie Mullins, and last but not least our sponsor, Robert Trevino. We hope that other design teams and NASA can use our work in the future to advance manned spaceflight, and we are happy to have contributed to the future of space exploration. Thank you also to those of you who kept up with this blog with our (approximately) weekly updates! And with that, it’s goodbye from the Litter Mermaids.
Houston, we’re signing off. Over and out.
Currently listening to: “The Final Countdown” by Europe.