Peninsula College Upward Bound students are hard at work this summer building, testing, and operating robots which they will use to complete their final exam of the summer session. The courses, developed by Upward Bound Instructors Wayne Roberts and Christine Spaulding, are entitled "Mission to Europa," and feature VEX Clawbots and MATE Angelfish Underwater ROVs working in unison to retrieve water samples from under the ice of Europa, a moon of Jupiter.
“The concept of combining VEX robotics with MATE ROV robotics is the first of its kind in the community and may be the first of its kind in robotics,” said Spaulding.
The experience provides hands-on STEM skills that can lead to further educational opportunities in Mechanical Engineering, Electric Engineering, Marine Robotics, Physics, Earth and Space Sciences and Computer Science.
Teams will be competing from 8:30-10:15 am, July 25 and 26 in the Peninsula College Fisheries Lab in the M Building, to fight for the title of Supreme Galactic Science Team.
Upward Bound is a federally funded college preparatory program that offers assistance to low-income and first-generation, college-bound high school students from Port Angeles High School, Lincoln High School, Crescent High School, and Forks High School.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information contact Sara Rinearson at firstname.lastname@example.org.