Robotics club demonstrates robots to seniors


February 15, 2018

Chuckie Barton, Peter Vik, and Wyatt Bruntmeyer talk about the MATE ROV (Marine Advanced Technology Education) and (Remotely Operated Vehicle) at the senior lunch in Cathlamet. Team mates who also spoke but not pictured are Evan Odle, Annelise Vik, and Montana Stephens. Photo by Jessica Vik.

The advancement of technology has changed a lot in the last 50 years. The Wahkiakum 4-H Robotics Club brought their robots to the Senior lunch in Cathlamet on Thursday, February 8 to talk about what they are using to learn programming.

On display was small Wedo robots that the younger kids work with, an underwater robot, a drone with a camera, and an EV3 robot. A short demonstration of the EV3 was given. The audience was amazed at the "high tech toys," as one senior called them. The seniors were in great humor and you can tell they're proud of their Wahkiakum.

One student told how at a competition the announcer kept saying Wa-key-a-kum instead of Wahkiakum. He told how we corrected the announcer and it was still pronounced wrong. Then when the announcer was told to say it this way, "Walk-up-and-kick-em," there was a great laughter in the lunch room.

"This is a great thing for them to learn and it is fun," one senior said. There were many thanks for the club coming and some parting advice from one of the lunch servers to our young speaker was this, "when you're speaking, pick out one person in the back and talk to them. Then everyone hears you." That is great advice for any age speaker. Several Seniors said they would be at Wahkiakum High School on March 15 for the Robot Show to see the robots in action.


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