This year, I focused my visit to the engineering section, because that's the field I'm really interested in. A lot of it seemed like a blur, jumping from one booth to the next, grabbing swag as I went. I saw a lot of cool things as I went around, including some robots that do tai chi, some tiny robots that follow colored lines, and this one dude stuck a bunch of pencils through a plastic bag without breaking it, through the magic of polymer structures. There were a lot of colleges there, showing off. MIT had a booth, and a balloon that reminded me of a famous MIT prank, when they inflated a giant balloon in the middle of a college football stadium during halftime of the big Harvard-Yale game. There were companies like SketchUp, a CAD design software company, and lots of startups showing off cool and innovative products.
After we ate, we went to the second floor, and went to see SpaceX's booth. In case you haven't heard, SpaceX recently managed to land a rocket. Like a whole rocket. None of that jettisoning two-thirds of the craft and making a water landing. It's an actual reusable rocket. A little while after, my feet started screaming from all the walking, and so we left.
My school was able to see Psycho in the nearby theater because of an educational program the theater has for schools.
Before the movie started, a guy came in and talked a bit about Hitchcock. Then we began the movie.
It was pretty cool, but I think I might prefer the book. I know, I know; Psycho was a book?!? Well yup, it was, by a guy named Robert Bloch.
After we finished the movie, I went with some classmates to go get lunch, and then we went back to school.
I'm also going to be 3D-printing a frame such that I can take a picture of it at every stage of assembly, and you guys can follow my progress on a new blog I'm creating just for it. I hope you guys are as excited about this as I am.