If you’ve ever wondered what the STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) program at KMS and KHS produces with regard to student achievement, look no further than the KHS Robotics Club. On several afternoons each week, as I am walking to my car, I pass a group of students and adult mentors working feverously. One group is in a classroom turned machine shop busily fabricating parts of the latest robot. Another group is working on the mechanical and electrical assembly of the robot. Still another group is busy on laptop computers, working on computer programs that will ultimately tell the robot “what to do”.
Formed in 2011 under the direction of Mr. Dan Folmar (Physics instructor at KHS) and Steve Lawton (a student at the time) , the program started with just three students. Today, eight years later, the program has expanded to include approximately 40 students, several adult mentors, and several local business sponsors.
The adults involved currently in the project include:
– Dan Folmar – Lead Mentor and Advisor
– Christina Gorman (KHS Parent) – Marking & Communications Team Mentor
– Mike Appleby (KHS Parent) – Animation Team Mentor
– Wes Bowers (Retired Engineer) – Chassis Team Mentor
– Iliana DeLarosa (KHS Parent) – Food & Logistics Team Mentor
– Brian Lucas (PhD Student at UD) – Technical Advisor/Mentor
– Alan Null (KHS Parent) – Strategy Team Mentor
– Dom Perna (Retired Engineer) – Engineering Team Mentor
– Chris Schuetz (KHS Parent) – Hardware Team Mentor
– Mike Stankiewicz – Construction Team Mentor
– Ernie Wilson (KHS Alumni & WCU Student) – Programming Mentor
This year’s officers are:
– Molly Hohner – President
– Eliot Comanda – Vice President
– Olivia McLaurin – Secretary
To learn more about student involvement in robotics, and to offer assistance (either physical or financial), check out: www.demonrobotics4342.org.