Tifton Gazette


June 5, 2014

MTC Tifton, TCHS to demo one-of-a-kind robot

TIFTON — Regional high school students are participating in a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Camp at Moultrie Technical College’s Tifton Campus this week. The camp is funded by the Race to the Top Grant (RT3) and is a partnership between MTC and Tift County High School. The week’s camp events will culminate today in the MTC Tifton Campus Conference Center from 2-3 p.m. as students demonstrate the new Baxter robot.

Rethink Robotics, the company which makes “Baxter,” says TCHS is the first high school and MTC is the first college dual enrollment program in the world to have this groundbreaking technology as a mechatronics teaching tool. The Friday afternoon event will showcase the robotics that are being built and programmed by the high school students this week through a hands-on demonstration.

Other activities during the STEM camp week have included field trips to local industry HeatCraft to view their industrial robots and learn about engineering careers in the industrial field; a trip to The Wetherbee Planetarium at the Thronateeska Heritage Center in Albany to learn about engineering careers in space exploration; and a trip to Warner Robins Air Force Base and Museum to learn about engineering careers in the military. On Thursday, the tri-county Bomb Disposal Unit based out of Crisp County visited the MTC Tifton Campus to give a live demonstration using their bomb disposal robots and speak about the different careers available in robotics and law enforcement. The camp participants also toured the MTC Tifton Campus to see the programs offered there.

In addition, students participated in a variety of Bio-Tech experiments performed by April Richards of Tift County High School, as well as a robot tournament where students designed, built and competed with their robots using VEX robotics systems. Senior students built Sea Perch underwater robots and demonstrated them in the city of Tifton Recreation Department pool on Thursday and this morning.

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