Tift County High School and Moultrie Technical College are the first dual-college program in the world to have and use groundbreaking technology as a teaching tool.
TCHS is participating in a program called Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) program with Moultrie Technical College funded by the Race to the Top Grant.
This program allows high school kids with good standing who pass an entry-level exam to earn credits at Moultrie Tech. During this program students learn how to build and program robots.
"Baxter" was built by by Rethink Robotics. They say they've only built about twenty of these machines in the entire world. "Baxter" has the capability to pick and place objects that humans can't, as well as sort items. In addition to its capabilities, it will be used to teach students how to program robots.
Joe Sumner, MTC Tifton Campus Mechatronics Program Instructor, says, "It can give expressions such as happy or confused or angry depending on the status of the operation it kind of simplifies the need for the programmer to learn a lot of different types of coding and terminology that might be specific only to one brand of robot."
Other activities in STEM camp this week included biotech experiments and robot building competitions.