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04-19-2011

Fifty Girl Scouts Visit Clarkson University for Hands-on Robotics Activity

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Last month, a hands-on robotics activity was held at Clarkson University for 51 five- to ten-year-old Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, representing eight troops from the towns of Potsdam, Colton, Pierrepont, Parishville, Madrid, Norfolk, Norwood and Massena.

Recently, a hands-on robotics activity was held at Clarkson University for 51 five- to ten-year-old Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, representing eight troops from the towns of Potsdam, Colton, Pierrepont, Parishville, Madrid, Norfolk, Norwood and Massena.Girl Scout leaders Marissa LaCoursiere, a Clarkson School of Engineering graduate student, and Susan Scott, a Clarkson staff member, teamed up with undergraduate students associated with Clarkson’s Robotics Living Learning Community and the Northern New York Robotics Institute, directed by Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor James Carroll, to bring this engaging experience to the Brownie and Daisy-level scouts.

The activity, which focused on electrical engineering concepts, involved the design, construction, programming and testing of a robotic alarm clock, based on the book A Reminder for Emily.

The book, developed by the Boston Museum of Science's Engineering is Elementary Program, was designed to support K-12 science, technology, engineering and math experiences across the country.

While on campus the girls also toured facilities associated with Clarkson’s nationally recognized Student Projects for Engineering Experience and Design (SPEED) Program, involving a wide variety of projects across many engineering disciplines. 

The troops visiting Clarkson were Brownie Troop 50031 - Madrid / Waddington, Daisy Troop 50106 - Parishville / Hopkinton, Brownie Troop 50280 - Parishville / Hopkinton,  Daisy/Brownie Group 50105 - Colton / Pierrepont, Brownie Troop 50178 – Massena, Daisy Troop 50216 – Potsdam, Brownie Troop 50240 – Potsdam, Brownie Troop 50173 - Norwood / Norfolk, and Brownie Troop 50321 - Potsdam.

The Clarkson Robotics Living Learning Community Members and other Clarkson student participants were Jose David Parra (student organizer), Amanda Clapper, Teresa Mayforth, Gabby Lashomb, Chris Lane, Zachery Brown, Kyle Krivitsky, Joey Eckert, Buncha Supatpitak, Joshua Dawes, Allan Bille, Jeannie Piekarz and Libby Kamen.

Time Warner Corp. and General Electric Co. are sponsors of the Northern New York Robotics Institute for 2010-2011.        

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Recently, a hands-on robotics activity was held at Clarkson University for 51 five- to ten-year-old Girl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways, representing eight troops from the towns of Potsdam, Colton, Pierrepont, Parishville, Madrid, Norfolk, Norwood and Massena.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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