Robot warriors: SNS's pole-scaling robot earns middle school BEST

Published: Friday, December 14, 2012 at 10:32 AM.

“The mentor’s job is to make sure (the students) understand the implications of (their) ideas so they can make the best choice,” he said. “You see the kids’ … minds a-workin’.”

Brubaker has a full workshop in his garage, which the eighth graders use to build the final product and prototypes, using lathes, band saws, table saws, and soldering tools, among others.

“It exposes those kids to machines,” said Brubaker, who works with the builders to make sure they are using the tools “safely” and “appropriately.”

Other Eglin engineers who helped were Greg Chesser, 96 Test Wing Range Safety, Chris Varner, and Reed Young.

Other mentors came in to lend a hand in preparing for the other scored aspects of the project.

Ann Casey helped with community outreach, which ultimately raised enough money for the students to fully pay for the construction of the robot.

Kelly Oliver and Jessica Duggan helped with the table display part of the presentation and marketing of the project.

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