This past weekend, GRT went on its annual camping trip. This year, the team went to Portola Redwoods State Park. Students left for the trip immediately after school on Friday, spent the night, and left the following day. The trip was a lot of fun for everyone; students cooked food for dinner and breakfast, played group games and cards, and made a campfire for roasting marshmallows. The trip was a great chance for the team to bond and for students to get to know the newest members.
Last Monday, a group of students visited nearby Juana Briones Elementary School to ask the students there for their input on the GRT Haunted House, which will be coming to Juana Briones in late October for Halloween. This was a great opportunity for the team to expand its outreach in the community by encouraging elementary students to get involved in engineering and STEM in general. GRT received many exciting and scary ideas for mechanisms to add to the Haunted House, and we can’t wait to bring the finished product back to show to the elementary schoolers.
Safety training has ended and students have taken the safety test, meaning that the team is ready to move into the first project of the year, the Haunted House. The GRT shop will be opening up next week after school, allowing for work on the haunted house, as well as marking the beginning of subgroup training.