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February 22, 2017


Steam Club visits Mechatronics program


Steam Club visits Mechatronics programThe Mechatronics program at Cowley College recently hosted the STEAM Club from Country View Grade school. The STEAM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, club is focused on helping students to discover the strengths of the inventiveness and creativeness in the world around themselves.

The club spent a half day building jitterbug robots using hobby motors and wire and toured the industrial technology laboratories. Students ultimately competed in both racing and beauty contests before visiting the traveling NASA display at the Winfield Public Library.

SkillsUSA president Tony Koller and Mechatronics Instructor Daniel Higdon were happy with the results.

“The students did an amazing job and created so many different ideas on how to make their bugs” Higdon said. “There were even bugs made from other items such as an empty wire spool and an aluminum pipe.”

Tina Grillot, AVP of Business and Industry stated “one of my favorite activities is to connect K-12 students with Cowley College. It is crucial that we provide them with an early awareness that higher education is possible, not just that Cowley College is here but that they can one day be a Cowley Tiger. The STEAM team not only walked away from the event with some pretty creative jitterbugs but also a glimpse of their future.”