News Release

Published on Tuesday, March 29, 2005

LA CROSSE, Wis. - Students in Western Wisconsin Technical College’s Electronics Club are loading up their classroom robots and heading back to middle school. The club is taking their show on the road to present an after-school program to the students at Logan Middle School.

Two sessions are scheduled to take place at Logan Middle School on two consecutive Wednesdays, April 6 and 13. This is the second year of the program, which introduces middle school students to the field of electronics. Participants will learn about sensors, motors, drive systems, and how all of these components work together to make robots function.

An added highlight this year will be the Electronics Club’s radio-controlled truck, featuring a wireless video camera. This device mimics the actions of the Mars rovers, which are controlled based on video feedback. Club members will drive the truck outside the classroom and explore other areas of the school, while participants watch the progress on a TV screen.

“This program is very visual and has been very successful with this age group,” said John Burman, WWTC Electronic Servicing Technician instructor and advisor of the Electronics Club. “The middle school students who are normally quiet and shy really participated and opened up during our program. They seem to like the idea of learning from and working with college students.”

The younger students aren’t the only ones to benefit from the program. “This is also a great opportunity for our electronics students to share their knowledge,” said Burman. “They enjoy explaining and demonstrating what they have learned to a group who shows their excitement and interest.”

WWTC’s Electronics Club consists of nine students from the four Electronics programs. Club members assist in planning community service and fundraising events throughout the year.

For more information about the Electronics program, call 608.785.9150. To learn more about other WWTC programs or services, call 608.785.9200 or visit the WWTC Web site at www.wwtc.edu.