For those of you who don't know, Penn State Abington Professor Bob Avanzato holds 3 robot competitions every year that are open to the public both to observe and compete. The first is a Trinity Fire Fighting contest. See here for details:
I encourage you to compete, or at least come to watch. There are usually some vendors there as well (mostly selling educational robot projects). And yes, there are non-students who compete. And did I mention they have free pizza?
Look for me in the lobby around noon, next to the pizza. I'll be the guy with gray hair, glasses, and a bright yellow sweatshirt with "Boeing" written on it.
Don't hesitate to send me any ideas or requests for the next (actually the first) meeting.