Students at Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights are continuing to build and tweak a robot they entered in last week's Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition at Cleveland State University with the help of a Case Western Reserve University engineering professor and students. The competition was held March 20-22. It is a national engineering and robotics competition supported primarily by NASA Glenn Research Center. Winners go on to compete in the 2008 FIRST Championship.
Wyatt Newman, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, along with several undergraduate and graduate students, have mentored the HB Upper School students since last October. The engineering students and Newman, who led Team Case and their robotic car, DEXTER, to a top-20 finish in the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge, mentored the HB students while they worked to equip their robot with state-of-the-art electronics and functionality. In the high school competition, teams have six weeks to build a 100-lb. robot.
The students involved are all part of HB's Science and Engineering Program, a groundbreaking program that has seen young women develop projects that have been launched by NASA into space and work side-by-side with professionals on cutting-edge science and engineering research.
"The students are provided with a hands-on experience using what they are studying in science, technology, engineering and math," said Newman. "For many students, the excitement, intensity, learning and fun of the robotics competition leads to important decisions involving higher education and their future careers."
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