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Local high schools receive robotics

Friday, February 1, 2013

Accepting the robotics at Northview were teacher Jonathan Schlak (from left), students James Michael, Jacob Nussel, Logan LeLoup with CAAA representative Norm Thomas.
The Northview High School and Clay City Jr./Sr. High Robotics Club recently received robotics materials from the Crane Army Ammunition Activity (CAAA) through their Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program funded through the National Defense Education Program.

CAAA provided $2,500 worth of VEX robotics to NHS and approximately $2,500 worth of equipment and accessories to Clay City to enhance the robots they already have.

"One thing we received is steel," said Clay City's Robotics Club advisor Ben Thomas. "Each time we make a custom robot, we need to cut steel to various lengths and shapes. Occasionally, we need to replenish our supply. We also received rechargeable high amperage Ni-MH batteries as well as tools and tool boxes."

Accepting robotics materials from CAAA at Clay City Jr./Sr. High were (from left) teacher Ben Thomas, students Austin Heckelsberg, David Goodman, Ben Kinser, Nick Christy and CAAA representative Norm Thomas.
In a statement, CAAA said, "The utilization of the National Defense Education Program funds provided to CAAA allow opportunities that would not have been available otherwise in many schools and youth organizations. It is believed this overall reaching effect will provide opportunities for many years to our young people and provide an educated workforce for our state and country. We are proud to assist the Clay County Schools through our STEM program."

Jonathan Schlak who teaches computer-aided design, intro to engineering design and transportation at Northview, accepted the grant from CAAA.

"Our Robotics Club will be using the robots to compete in robotics competitions held around the state," Schlak said. "The robots also may be used in class as well."

At robotics competitions, Schlak explained students build robotics that are then used to complete a task. Students either program robots or a controller is used to control them.

Schlak hopes this grant and furthering the Robotics Club will interest students in technological careers.

"We are hoping that the robots will spark an interest in students to pursue a career in engineering and technology," Schlak said.

Thomas said he was pleased to get the materials from CAAA to help support students in STEM programs.

"We're pleased that Crane has volunteered to help support us financially," Thomas said. "They were willing to trust that we were investing in equipment that will help support and enhance curricular and co-curricular activities."

Additionally, Thomas said, "In the classroom, by having these extra supplies, it should be easier to have students work in smaller groups."

Thomas also said CAAA works with the schools' STEM programs to provide presentations to students.

"Not only is Crane willing to help support financially, but they are willing to coordinate with STEM teachers by having some of their experts come in and demonstrate or make small presentations to students," Thomas said. "It never hurts for a students to hear about STEM applications from a different perspective."

For more information about CAAA, visit http://www.crane.army.mil/.

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This is the kind of education we need. Hands on experience! What better way to prepare our students to the work force. There needs to be more of this in our school systems. Excellent job to those who assisted in this!

-- Posted by Unsolicitedtidbits on Sat, Feb 2, 2013, at 11:00 AM

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