By Ruben Asebedo/College of Engineering Student Clerk
On Saturday Nov. 29, 2014, members of a number of engineering student organizations showcased their accomplishments to the attendees of the last UTSA Brute Squad tailgate of the season at the Alamodome.
“These tailgates are always really fun to check out,” said Patrick Stockton, chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) UTSA student organization. ”The DJ that sets up in front of the Geekbus plays some interesting mixes that mash modern rock with pop hits. It really amps up the whole atmosphere here.”
In addition to free food, drinks, and alumni stories, the FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology put on a live demonstration of custom-built robots. Spectators used controls to guide robots through a miniature obstacle course. Justin Chapko, AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer with FIRST, oversaw the robots to ensure all the bots behaved properly.
“For me personally, this is the first UTSA tailgate that I’ve attended, but our organization has been here before,” said Chapko. “I’ve had a great time so far and would love to come lend a hand again.”
If robots and free food weren’t enough to entertain Brutesquad attendees, Roadrunner fans could explore the Geekbus which was loaded with the latest video games and 3D printing simulations.
“I had been to a tailgate back when I was a freshman,” said Jean Yun, president of the Biomedical Engineering Society UTSA student organization. “I know I enjoyed this one. Especially since the Geekbus gave me a 3D printed Tardis from Dr. Who! I’ll be back for the next one for sure.”
What was once a regular 1998 Winnebago now operates as the Geekbus under the company Sastemic to promote STEM awareness to schools all over San Antonio, according to makered.org. For this last tailgate of the season, the Geekbus sported their signature wall of high definition TV monitors for local-multiplayer videogame tournaments, and was also decked out with a pair of 3D printers and DIY Raspberry-PI computer kits that build to be the size of a deck of cards.
“This whole tailgate turned out awesome,” said Eddie Rodriguez, webmaster of the IEEE student organization. “You can’t go wrong with free food and good music. These are the kinds of memories I want to make before graduation this fall.”