Although the current health crisis has put a temporary halt to our in-person LAN events, we’ve been on the lookout for ways to continue networking with other groups and promote STEM education in St. Louis during our hiatus. We were graciously invited to participate in one of the the St. Louis Science Center’s First Friday Events, and we were more than happy to join!
The theme of the night was Nintendo - there were numerous display tables where local artists showed off their Nintendo-themed wares, while Pikachu roamed the event for photo ops. There was a Super Smash Bros tournament, and players could even try out the game on the Omnimax screen!
We packed up a trusty Nintendo 64 with four controllers, a custom-built PC made by Zach, and set up a table at the event to connect with people and talk about our organization and what we do. We got the opportunity to connect with some local eSports teams, teach a few younger gamers about PC building (and the weirdness that is the N64 controller), and enjoyed some tasty drinks from the Science Café!
At the end of the night, Tony (Loddy) got the chance to participate in a panel discussion about eSports opportunity in the Saint Louis area. The other panelists were:
- Fernando Paiva from the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy’s eSports team
- David Brosch from Notre Dame High School’s eSports team
- Jeremy Packer from UGC.gg
- Chelsea Arnett from Confluence Academies' eSports program
We’d like to thank the Science Center and all of the attendees for a fun event! We hope to see you all again soon!
At A Glance
Event Volunteers: Tony DiPietri, Adam Kruger, Melanie Molina, Zach Waske