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Students win robot, 3-D challenges

Statement issued by IPFW:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Hands-on, fun projects are critical to increasing student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Students in grades 8–12 recently experienced the challenge of STEM learning at exploration camps offered through the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science outreach office at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW).

The culmination of their efforts was demonstrated to family and friends on the final day of camp, prior to receiving awards.

VEX Robotics and Adventures in Computing for Teens (ACT) exploration camps build student awareness, interest, and self-confidence in STEM fields of study. VEX students were challenged by a real world problem while the ACT students were challenged in a virtual world application.

VEX, offered by the Department of Engineering, and ACT, offered by the Department of Computer Science, included 42 students; five students participated in both camps.

VEX participants worked in teams to construct and program a VEX robot in preparation for a mini-competition. Robots were programmed to perform specific tasks for points using the 2011 theme, "Flood Force," which simulated rescue efforts during a natural disaster. VEX instructors were Zhuming Bi, IPFW assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and David Brumm, a retired Fort Wayne Community Schools teacher.

VEX winners

Robot Performance

  • First place: Sam Schroeder, Notre Dame De La Saletie Boys Academy, and Justin Zerkle, Northrop High School
  • Second place: Zachary Hensler and Nicholas Thelen, St. Vincent de Paul
Tech Talk

  • First place: Nikhil Aggarwal, Canterbury Middle School
  • Second Place: Sam Schroeder, Notre Dame De La Saletie Boys Academy
Six area students received an Awesome Animator Award during the ACT award ceremony Friday, July 22. The week-long camp taught students how to design and animate a 3-D virtual world using Alice software. Six of those 28 students worked on advanced techniques in ACT II, having had previous experience. Instructors were Bob Sedlmeyer, IPFW professor of computer science, and William Larsen, IPFW graduate student.

ACT I winners

  • Best story: Kayla Davis, Garrett
  • Most Creative: Sydney Kemme Nash, Holy Cross Lutheran
  • Best Game: Charles Woodman, Memorial Park Middle School
  • Most Comprehensive: Lucas Drake, Drake Academy Homeschool
ACT II winners

  • First place: Tristan Noll, (South Side) High School
  • Second place: Jacob Scheitlin, Leo High School

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