On the 24th and 25th of July, The Edinburgh team and our instructor Chris French, made a trip down to Cambridge to meet up with the Cambridge and Imperial College IGEM teams. The purpose of this trip was to present what we have accomplished so far and to see how the other UK teams are progressing. On the Monday afternoon, we arrived late due to the train breaking down, but still had time for the presentations, followed by the "mystery challenge".
This consisted of building a boat from some simple materials provided that could cross the Cam. We were provided with card, tape, Popsicle sticks, batteries and electric motors, among other things. We had an hour to complete the challenge... The entertaining results can be seen on the Cambridge website: here.
After the challenge, we were treated to a meal by the Cambridge team in a nice restaurant called Ask. This provided a good opportunity to socialise with the Cambridge and ICL teams and to informally discuss progress, backgrounds etc...
The following morning, we met up with the Cambridge team to go punting on the Cam. This was a great activity, watching people learn how to punt, nearly falling into the river and climbing over bridges. The experience was great fun and we are looking forward to receiving the Cambridge and ICL teams here in Edinburgh, hopefully during the festival!