Alumni Magazine Summer 2014 - page 9-10

Clarkson
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Summer 2014
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Clarkson Robotic Programs
Clarkson has a growing number of programs to attract
kids to robotics. Here’s a brief description of them:
Public Schools Programs
There are four distinct programs, each geared to specific
grade levels. The first is aimed at children in kindergarten
through third grade. The second is geared to grades 4-8.
The two remaining programs are aimed at high schools.
A Robotics MOOC
This is geared to small schools with limited financial
resources. While the course now serves only area schools,
it could be expanded to reach students with Internet
access anywhere on the planet.
Agbotics
Agbotics is a new program launching in the fall for
students at nearby Salmon River Middle School to build
eight prototype robots with agricultural applications.
Robotics Summer Camps
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By Suzanne F. Smith
Journey
Friends for the
BU I LD I NG L I FELONG RELAT I ONSH I PS
Clarkson’s alumni community has a well-deserved reputation as a powerful professional network.
But connections among Clarkson graduates run far deeper. Friendships that begin
on campus evolve into lifelong relationships that positively affect the personal lives of
the individuals and, sometimes even, their families.
Here is one of those stories.
A “Robot Zone” exhibit
for the North Country Children’s Museum in Potsdam.
A traveling robotic exhibit.
Each summer, the University takes the exhibit
to festivals, county fairs and the New York State Fair in Syracuse.
Robotics Outreach Program
Clarkson Professor Jim Carroll,
director of the Northern New York
Robotics Academy, instructs an
action-packed week of robotics for
students in grades 5-12.
Participants experience the
world of robotics while working
in small teams to brainstorm
solutions to an inspired challenge.
Each team builds, programs and
tests their solutions throughout
the week. The experience
culminates with teams competing
with their robots in a fun and
exciting tournament.
Students utilize LEGO
MINDSTORMS kits, NXT Intelligent
Bricks and LEGO NXT or National
Instruments LabVIEW for
LEGO MINDSTORMS
software to develop their
robots, as well as discover
how the Challenge field
pieces are made using 3D
printers.
For more information, go to
clarkson.edu/summer
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