By Jacob Matthews & Rusty Ludwig
The local OTC Middle College program has started a robot-building club where students can join and participate Mondays and Wednesdays 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. after school, according to teacher and club sponsor Amelia Horras.
“I think its great Middle College has a club anyone can join,” Bekah Bartels, a counselor for the program, said. “I think it’s awesome.”
The students seem really excited to be able to do this. According to Horras, it’s a great opportunity for them to learn problem-solving skills.
“This class gives students problem solving skills that are relevant to the real world,” Horras said.
Students are building robots from scratch. They have to also figure out how to make it move on its own, according to Horras. This club teaches students how to use electrical wiring properly in order to maneuver robots and make them do specific tasks.
“Yeah, it’s pretty fun,” junior Austin Applegate said. “I joined to have fun after school.”
Each student has great ideas about the robot project. The project involves the entire team.
A big competition will be held Dec. 13 against other schools and will give the kids a chance to build and test their robot, Horras said.
Preparing the robot for competition does take some doing, and that is why there are a total of 10 people so far in the club. Of course more can and will still join in, Horras said.
The initial cost for this club was $1,000. The funding of this club were authorized by Dr. LaRaine Bauer, dean of special academic programs, and any further funding will come from corporation sponsors, Horras said.