• Robots will perform penalty kicks, celebratory dances
By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events
Students in the Midland College (MC) Introduction to Engineering class will demonstrate their semester robotics projects at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 1. The event will be held on the main MC campus at the Abell-Hanger Science Faculty Building in the courtyard or, in case of inclement weather, Room 164.
Flowers said that the students have designed, built and tested the robots based on engineering principles taught in class. A preliminary assignment consisted of each team presenting a design proposal. Four teams will be represented at Thursday’s demonstration. Team names are the Jelly Beans, Skillz that Killz, Ghostbusters and Sheen.
“Everything we do is to help students be successful and advance into their careers as quickly as possible,” stated Flowers. “Engineers must be one-half scientist and one-half businessperson. A good engineer knows how to research and use science to find a solution to a problem, and then apply that solution to the real world. The robot project is an example of how students were presented with a problem of designing and building a robot to perform specific tasks. They had to develop solutions for, not only building the robots, but also making them successfully execute the tasks.”
Flowers continued, “Engineering career opportunities are numerous throughout the world. Right here in Midland, there is a great demand for all types of engineers—not just petroleum engineers, as one might think. Midland companies also hire chemical engineers and mechanical engineers. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Midland has the highest ‘annual mean wage’ for civil engineers. My goal at Midland College is to ensure students who are interested in pursuing engineering careers are prepared for their future classes and beyond.”
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