It’s not your average science fair — 40 teams, invitation-only by the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy, and hosted by the White House. But that’s where Carlie Schulter and Matt Tompkins of Kell High School, Georgia, debuted their high school team’s environmentally-friendly robot, ORCA.
Students Exhibit Robot at White House by Lindsay Field
The two students were selected to display their team’s project, a remotely operated oil removal watercraft designed and built with funds from a $10,000 grant the school received in 2010.
Barker said the team, which consists of about 20 Kell students, has been working on the project for the last year.
Schulter, who joined the team while still an eighth-grader at Palmer Middle, said the robot is an amphibious, remotely operated vehicle that collects oil in shallow waters and estuaries. Most of the technologies for cleaning up oil in the open ocean are too big to be used in those hard-to-reach places, but their team’s robot is smaller, she said.
It’s an exciting moment in our industry when young students are not only interested in robotics but also in how to find socially conscientious applications that will help us take care of the resources we have.