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Robotics Club Field Trip 2017

Posted: Apr 13, 2017


Scott Archer and Theresa Hayward with our Fort Smith Office spent the morning on the University of Arkansas Fort Smith campus.  They were chaperoning a field trip for the 6th grade Robotics Club that HSA sponsors at Bonneville Elementary School as part of our involvement in the Partners in Education program.   It was a great morning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fun hosted by Trish Richardson, Director of the Western Arkansas Education Renewal Zone in the college of STEM, and various STEM faculty members.


We began our morning with a presentation on “Animation and Effects” by Mr. Cody Holt.  The students were amazed at the demonstrations.  Mr.Holt built several animations while the students watched and then played them back so the students could see how they worked.  In addition the student were allowed to interact with students in the class and ask questions.  The presentation highlighted powerful tools and  resources available to students interested in pursuing a technical degree in this field.


Dr. Kevin Lewelling introduced the students to the work being done at UAFS on Mars Rovers and Electric Cars.  Several students from Dr. Lewelling’s class showed off their mini-rovers that they built and programmed as part of their project work.  Seeing applications of technology being developed so close to home was an eye opener for many of the students.




 Always a highlight of the annual field trip is “Grumpy” the robot.  John Martini showed Grumpy’s talents  off to the students. He built a toy car and interacted with the students.  However, the most interesting talent was the dance he does to the song, “Walk Like an Egyptian”.




We ended the day playing with Snap Circuits at the direction of Dr. Silke Spiesshoefer , Professor of Electrical Engineering.  She gave a short presentation on series and parallel circuit, and then the students were allowed to build one of each.  This allowed the students hands on experience that demonstrated how the discussed concepts worked.  Dr. Spiesshoefer is amazing with the kids!


One exciting aspect of our group this semester was the fact that we had 10  very talented girls who demonstrated an interest not only in robotics, but in the STEM field in general.  This is definitely a Win/Win for education in the River Valley.  HSA would like to thank Dr. Darbeau, Ms. Richardson and all the faculty and staff of the STEM college for allowing us to be their guest on campus.   It is always exciting to get to show off our University to perspective future students.

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