On 10/19, over 140 Indiana and Illinois FIRST Robotics students visited Purdue for a day packed with workshops, leadership talks, and activities. The events helped give these students a glimpse of what is possible in industry and education with the skills they are gaining in FIRST Robotics.

During the day, Triangle President Kevin Fitzgerald, External Vice President Matt Davis, and Phi Sigma Rho sisters Emily Bruess and Klaire Fosnaugh spoke to junior and senior FIRST students about their experiences both within their respective houses and as Purdue students. Subsequently, Triangle alumni Don Knebel and Mike Pettit spoke to FIRST junior and seniors about their experience as leaders, how to develop into a STEM leader, and how being a Triangle brother impacted their lives. Don worked as a patent lawyer for several years, and Mike is currently a Senior Vice President at Wabash National.

After the campus workshops and discussions, the brothers along with Phi Sigma Rho hosted an engineering challenge and ice cream social at the Triangle house. FIRST students were to calculate the volume of various rooms in the house without any measuring tools, and those who answered closest to the true volume were rewarded with Raspberry Pi microcomputers.

The brothers would like to thank the representatives from FIRST Indiana, the ladies of Phi Sigma Rho, our alumni Don and Mike, and all the FIRST students and volunteers who made these events possible. This is just another way for our brotherhood to live out the code of ethic “Promote the welfare of my profession.”

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