iSPACE robotics

The usual morning blog didn’t take place today because I was given the opportunity to observe some great hands-on STEM learning taking place right here in my hometown of Cincinnati.

Students that I met today ranged from 4th to 9th grade and were displaying their work for upcoming LEGO and Tech competitions.  The photo shows a robotic arm that can be controlled to pick up, move, and drop the candy bar into a cup.  Students taught me a great deal about robotic, pneumatic, and hydraulic machines, demonstrating the various parts and how they function as the equivalent of a shoulder, elbow, wrist and fingers.

The iSPACE Science Center offers enhanced learning opportunities for students at all levels (pre-K to 12) and is infused with an enthusiastic array of volunteers and community partners.  The organization does not receive government funding and instead operates on user fees, corporate partnerships and philanthropic donations. It offers on-site and your-site programs for students, teachers, organization, parents and has recently started corporate leadership and teamwork development activities.

Sponsors and supporters present include TechSolve (host of this morning’s event), GE AviationEthicon, Procter & Gamble, the University of Cincinnati, and Partners for a Competitive Workforce. 

All in all, a great way to spend the morning.