September Saturdays is the largest annual festival and community event that is held two consecutive Saturdays in Douglas County. It was created for the sole purpose to foster the community by creating an event where any resident, regardless of situation, can come and enjoy fun, fellowship, camaraderie, and inclusion.
The LSHS Robotics Team attended September Saturdays for the first time as a club on September 19 2015. We brought our FRC robot that we built for the 2015 Gravity Games Competition; along with the components of the game (trashcan, totes, noodle, etc.). The team spent the day answering questions, talking about our club and demonstrating our robot.
Events and Activities at September Saturdays:
- Community Marketplace with over 100 vendors
- Choral Concerts on the Courthouse Steps every 30 minutes beginning at 12 noon
- Food Court
- Children’s Play Area with inflatable games and Animal Shelter pet adoptions
- Family Amusement Rides
- Fire Safety House
- Computerized Child ID Program (inside the Courthouse Atrium, 1st floor)
- Free and Confidential HIV Testing by Cobb & Douglas Public Health (cheek swab, no needles, no blood) with results in 20 minutes (inside the Courthouse Atrium, 3rd floor)
- 8 p.m. Outdoor Family Movie (bring your own seating)
- and a lot more!
The Gravity Games is a experience for students and adults, from across the state of
Georgia, to use STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to build their own gravity-powered derby cars and compete in the head-to-head annual competition. The event is held on Church St. in Downtown Douglasville, Georgia and is sponsored by Georgia Tech and Google inc.
The very first Gravity Games event was held on October 22, 2014 on Church St. and this was also our team’s first Gravity Games. About 1000 spectators came out to see what everyone had created and multiple organizations participated in the Gravity Games including the Douglas County Sheriffs Office, the Douglasville Police Department, and the Douglas County Fire and Rescue Department. Local businesses and schools also participated in the event. The Lithia Springs Robotics Club ran in the Kits Only division in 2014 and took first place in the tournament.
The Lithia Springs High School Robotics club participated in the Google Gravity Games in 2015 as well, and we used our kit car from last year and we have of built an engineered car that resembles an ice cream truck. The engineered car is painted white with multiple colored and sized dots that resembles the Wonder Bread brand. We have an ice cream cone on the roof that is colored to look like three scoops of Neapolitan ice cream. On the day of the event we gave out various flavors of yogurt samples and coupons from our sponsor, Berry Much Yogurt. This year we also set up a car repair station to help other participants fix their car if anything was wrong with it free of charge.
At the end of the competition we placed second for the Kit car division, placed second in the Engineered car division, and placed first in the Design and Engineering Choice for our ice cream truck.