Seeing as many Detroit Champs teams have never attended Houston Champs (other than way back in 2003), I was hoping to get suggestions from folks of fun activities for students outside of or at competition, as well as any go-to places to eat.
If you have an extra day or half-day, I HIGHLY recommend the Johnson Space Center! I took a tour there the first year we were in Houston. It was amazing! (And as an extra bonus, it included a view of the Robonauts blue banner wall…)
One thing to PLEASE keep in mind: humidity is a THING here. You might think its all nice and pleasant at 82 degrees, but 90% humidity hits different. Also pay close attention to any rain forecasts, especially if there’s a possibility of flash flooding.
I recommend the following restaurants:
The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation - This is a Houston institution. Great Tex Mex!
Kim Son Chinese Restaurant: Just a few blocks South of the Convention Center. Some of the best Chinese I’ve had in Houston, and a good spot to go with a group.
The Breakfast Klub: Okay, this might be tough to pull off. They’re only open for breakfast and Lunch, and They’re extremely popular (for good reason). Wings and Waffles, Catfish and Grits, pork chops and eggs……It’s all AMAZING!
Other good food options:
Tacos A Go Go
BB’s Cafe (It’s Crawfish season!)
Our Fast Food Staple is Whataburger
Our donut staple is Shipley’s
Yes. Going to champs without a robot is the best. Sleep in, eat great food, watch some robots at your leisure, mosey around the pits of the big wig teams for fun, sit in on some talks, get free swag from companies and colleges… It’s crazy awesome. Bringing a robot is downright annoying.