Benjamin Franklin wrote “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” He would be proud of the six UMKC students from our engineering honor society Eta Kappa Nu and the UMKC Robotics Team. On January 25, 2013 they travelled to Osage Trails Middle School in the Fort Osage School District in Independence, MO to teach electricity and circuits and demonstrate a robot. Starting at 7:15 a.m. and finishing at 2:30 p.m., the students along with their advisor, Debby Dilks, taught six class periods. They demonstrated sound traveling through laser light beams, static electricity, robot programming and provided hands-on experience using snap circuit kits. Over 375 students participated though out the day. The UMKC students – Kelsey Knoche, Matt Mohler, Ariel Muthyala, Eddie Pogosov, Victor Skulavik, Sarah Withee – left Osage Trails knowing old Ben was right.
Students from UMKC and SCE participated in the Robot Dance, Monday night September 27th at 6:00 pm at the UMKC Stanley Durwood Stadium. Three of the SCE students are from the UMKC Robotics Team. To commemorate and celebrate UMKC Libaries’ new book robot, the Student Government Association, lead by the Student Government President, Klassie Alcine, organized a run at the world’s record for the most people doing the robot dance together at the same place and time.
The UMKC SCE IEEE Robotics Team traveled to the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, MO on Aug. 15th. They manned an information booth and gave a demo of their robot that they took to an IEEE competition last April in Grapevine, Texas. Many folks visited with our UMKC SCE IEEE team at the ShowMe Robots event in the Assembly Hall at the Missouri State Fair. Other displays included FIRST Robotics teams, FIRST Lego League teams and 4-H robot teams. Vendors included Kansas City Robotics Society, St. Louis Robotics Society, NASA, Boeing and NSF.