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Local students tackle engineering challenges during ORAU Oak Ridge Robotics Academy

June 27, 2016

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Twenty-six East Tennessee seventh, eighth and ninth-grade students recently spent a week designing, building and programming robots during the 7th annual ORAU Oak Ridge Robotics Academy. Held at ORAU’s Center for Science Education, this free camp presented students with daily engineering challenges. Students were placed into randomly selected teams and tasked with such challenges as designing a robotic arm to pick up a tennis ball.

Led by instructors Tad Douce and Ed Goodwin, both co-directors of the National Robotics Challenge, with help from Stacey Murray, an instructional technology coach for Knox County schools, participants of the academy also visited Oak Ridge National Laboratory and witnessed large-scale applications of robotics and engineering technologies.

The academy was one of various ORAU-sponsored or administered programs this summer designed to excite students about STEM subjects. For further information visit the Oak Ridge Robotics Academy website.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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