Wow, today was very eventful. We presented to the judges from 8 in the morning until 5 o'clock in the afternoon/ evening. That's nine hours with a one hour lunch break! You can imagine the drymouth after explaining everything. When I got to my booth in the morning, I was pleasantly surprised to see a few notes from special award sponsors (Navy, IEEE, Society of Experimental Test Pilots, and West Virginia). IEEE stated that I was being considered for the Presidential Scholarship Award so that's very exciting. I had 11 grand award judges and probably around 10 special award judges. Overall, I thought I presented my project very well, however I think its very difficult for judges to grasp the complexity of the project because the robot is not actually the fair. I guess we'll see how I did tomorrow at the Special Awards ceremony.
The scholar across from me was from the Czech Republic and his project was remarkable. From what I understood, he created physiological sensors that communicate to a central module in the form of a wrist watch with TFT LCD to display the sensor data. Everything looked like it was a commercial product because it was that well done. He created his own schematics, PCB designs, Android applications, and more. Truly incredible. I wouldn't be surprised if he won the whole event.
After judging, we went to Universal Studios, which was an amazing experience. A large majority of the concessions were free for us so I really enjoyed that! My favorite amusement park ride was The Return of the Mummy roller coaster. The view at Universal Studios was incredible as you can see in the pictures on the right.
*** Sorry about the rotation on some of them ***