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June 12, 2014

'Baxter' debuted at Moultrie Tech’s STEM camp in Tifton

TIFTON — Thirty-two regional high school students explored STEM-related (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers in a camp held at Moultrie Technical College’s Tifton Campus the week of June 6 under the direction of MTC Mechatronics program instructor Joe Sumner. The camp was funded by the Race to the Top Grant (RT3) and was in partnership with MTC and Tift County High School and the dual enrollment program for Mechatronics.

The week’s camp events culminated in the MTC Tifton Campus Conference Center as students demonstrated the new “Baxter” robot made by Rethink Robotics. This groundbreaking technology is the only robot of its kind in a high school or technical college dual enrollment program to be utilized as a mechatronics teaching tool anywhere in the world.

MTC students in dual enrollment programs gain both high school and technical college credit toward graduation simultaneously. In addition to designing, building and competing with their own robots, the STEM campers also took field trips to local industries which use robotics in manufacturing and learned about engineering careers in space exploration, the military and law enforcement.

 

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