Interest on campus for a student club has grown since Obidat and other founding members – including other members of the executive board, Laury Rodríguez, Jesse Parron, and Jean-Jacques N’dri – presented a showcase set up as an interactive experience. There were multiple robots and smart systems to choose from including a collaborative robot platform SmaRC, an immersive virtual reality system, rover, smart armband and flat-screen TV rigged with four sensors turning it into a touch-screen display.
In February, the club is conducting a series of workshops on robotics innovation, which received grant support from the National Science Foundation as well as the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. A goal of these academic events is to attract more women and underrepresented minorities to the STEM field, Wang says. With students across all academic disciplines working in groups, it will be interesting to see what the future holds.