On March 4th we took SafeHive to the Northern California Innovation Expo in the Innovation hangar in San Francisco. We arrived at about 8:00 in the morning and set up. There were about twenty teams there, and all had amazing inventions that helped various animals from horseshoe crabs to bees. All the inventions were unique, and it was amazing to see how we were all helping animals so much. Whether it was coming up with a better way to repel wasps or saving dogs from dying in hot cars, everyone had put in the effort to help our animal allies. We browsed the booths, asked questions, and then headed to the presentation room to show our solution to the judges. The judges were really nice and loved our idea, and they asked questions that made us think about our product. Then we had a blast getting to know each other while playing foosball. This competition provided the perfect opportunity for team bonding, and we took it. Then, after presenting to more people at our booth, everyone at the competition gathered for the awards ceremony. The judges congratulated all the teams by forming a high-five line, and then the emcee announced the teams that would qualify to the next round. Our name was called! We were elated that we had made it to the next round of the competition.
The next day, we arrived to find only ten teams left in the competition. These were really the best of the projects, and we spent some time looking at the project boards of the teams. Then we were called early to our presentation room at about 10:30 in the morning, where we met two more judges. These judges were also very kind and they seemed impressed about our project. When we left, we headed to the theater so we could present to the other teams. The audience seemed to really like our idea, and they asked plenty of intriguing questions. Then we headed back to our booth and presented to passerby. We again went out for lunch and bonded over pizza, ice cream, and foosball. We came back in time for the booth judging, where the judges would actually come to our booth. We were pleased to see that one of these judges had judged us in the first round of the Expo, so he already knew our project well. This helped us present our project in more detail. We thought that we had made a good impression on the judges, and we later found that to be true. At the awards ceremony at the end of the day, we sat down to hear who would qualify to the next round. The judges formed a high five line, and then the emcee called out the alternates who would take the place of an inconvenienced nominee. The alternates came and went, and then the first nominee was called. It wasn't us. Then the second nominee was called. It was US!! We ran through the high five line with big smiles and accepted our certificate. Later we talked to the judges, and they said that our project absolutely deserved it. Now we have to fill out an application in order to be selected for the next level, which is due my March 29. Stay tuned!
We are a group of middle school students on a mission to save bee lives.