Mentors Advancing STEM Education & Research (MASER)
We are a group dedicated to working on complex projects that would otherwise be too advanced for students in Bladerunners & Illusion.
Our goal is to encourage students to pursue careers in computer and automotive engineering through the development and continuous operation of artificially intelligent autonomous vehicles.
What We Do
We are the only program in the area dedicated to helping college and high school students learn crucial technical skills such as engineering, public speaking, formal presentation web design, team work, enabling critical thinking and scientific publications.
Mentors Advancing STEM Education & Research
MASER consists of college students who also mentor the high school and middle school student in Team Illusion in hopes they will follow in their footsteps. We are the only program in the area dedicated to helping college and high school students learn crucial technical skills such as engineering, public speaking, formal presentation web design, team work, enabling critical thinking and scientific publications. We design and operate autonomous vehicles that drive in various terrains, educate high school and college students all disciplines about autonomous vehicles, and inspire/mentor K-20
- FRC Competition, Girls Who Code
- IEEE Gala
- Maryland Day
- National Engineering Week
- Science Showcase
- Sea & Space Expo
- Sigma Xi
- USA Science Festival
- Washington Academy Sciences
- AOC Annual Meeting
We have hardware consisting of NVIDIA Jetson TX2, AGX Xavier and Quad1080 (GPU cores used for autonomous vehicles). We also have Zedboard Qualcomm ADAPT and other FPGA cores for the work on modeling autonomy. Other hardware include innovative sensors (Phased array radar, LIDAR ….).
ANVEL Simulator: Simulates real road environment with instrumented sensor panel.
Robot Operating System with Gazebo generic simulator for rapid prototyping: We have built a FIRST Robotics Simulator for the robotics team.
A Computer Aided Design (CAD) Program used to make virtual 3D models and simulate conditions that need to be considered while designing the robot. Our latest robot was designed using Solidworks, and the simulations enabled us to save time by producing probable outcomes that would show us how practical our ideas, which would have taken weeks to find out through trial and error.
Designed to assist in development of new projects in commercialization process. Helps large teams communicate with each other and make complex projects easier to understand by simplifying complicated software that are easier to work with. Additionally, it is compatible with Arduino, C++, Python, and other popular languages to maximize ease of use
The Stenbot Rover is a small model car that can be programmed with Arduino tools. This allows the software team to test out code in a smaller, controlled environment while main robot is still under construction.
Data Analytics Tools
MASER uses Intel Data Analytics Tool (DAAL) NENGO, OPENAI, CAFFE, a deep learning machine
Bladerunners FRC 6893
Washington DC Girls Only Robotics Club
What is FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)?
FIRST is an acronym for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.” Every January at “Kickoff,” a new game is unveiled for the robots to play against each other. Teams of high school students around the world then scramble to build a champion robot within the six-week “Build Season.” Then local, regional, and international tournaments showcase all the awesome robots, and you cheer your team’s bot to victory.
Who Are Bladerunners?
Bladerunners was formed in 2017 to support girls in the DC and Prince Georges county and it has won the Rookie All Star at the District FRC events. These clubs have rallied to the FRC challenge with intense brainstorming, planning, building, wiring, programming, and test driving. Along the way, students have learned critical thinking and marketable job skills. Students are mentored by undergraduate students and other Mentors from MASER.
Where and When?
The Bladerunners meet 5 – 9 p.m. Monday Wednesdays and Fridays at the Wagner Gym across Doctors Community Hospital on Good Luck Road. Saturdays from 9-6pm during the Build Season Jan-Feb 2019.
How much does it cost?
There is no membership fee. Typically families might pay for a team shirt, as well as transportation to and from competitions, meals, and a team shirt. If we make it to the international competition, there may be additional travel, food, and accommodation cost.
Learn more about Bladerunner FRC 6893
Mentor: Dr. Vijay Kowtha
Bladerunners & Illusion Makerspace at the College Park, Capitol Tech.