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Building Innovative Robots with SVCTE Students

December 14, 2020 by MetroED 1 comments

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Students from Silicon Valley Career Technical Education received a new 2020 Revolution Robotics Challenge Kit with the support of DuPont Silicon Valley Technology Center. SVCTE Mechatronics Engineering students will be able to explore the thrill of designing, building and programming their own robot during the 2020-21 school year.

DuPont Silicon Valley Technical Center were looking to partner with some local schools to do some outreach, mentoring and support of classrooms with a Revolution Robotics robot because of a generous donation from DuPont Silicon Valley Career Technical Education were able to send all the Mechatronics Engineering students a $250 Revolutions Robotics Robot kit and a $150 tablet to control the robot. 

"This fit awesome with my plans for this year because of COVID-19 and the fact that my students were sheltering in place and doing all their learning remotely.  They are super excited, because they get to keep the Robots and tablets." said Burham, Mechatronics Engineering Instructor.

With this Robot kit, the Mechatronic Engineering students are able to practice design thinking and apply Mechanical Engineering processes to create, design and build interesting mechanical robots.  They also learn Scratch & Python programming and can learn fundamental programming structures and how to code the robot.  In addition to the generous donation, mentors from DuPont Silicon Valley Technology Center have volunteered their time to provide guidance, support and encouragement to 35 high school students during the building process of the Revolution Robotics. The DuPont mentors will play a critical role in stressing the importance of STEM education in this new information based and highly technological society, and encourage the students to explore and investigate the possibility of a career in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field.

“I was super excited to get this program launched,” Jim Burham stated, “all the robots kits, tool boxes and tablets have been picked up by my students and we have already started the building process of it in my classroom.” 

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The Revolution Robotics Challenge Kits and DuPont Silicon Valley Technology Center have made a huge impact by bring the robots to help with virtual learning. SVCTE Mechatronics Engineering students have been working on their robots at home during the Fall Semester of distance learning and the photo above is a little highlight of them putting together their robots with Mr. Burham. 

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