We were excited to welcome a group of middle and high school students and teachers from Kelton ISD to Texas Tech on January 20. We showed them around campus (actually, Beccy did because I don’t walk fast enough for students who’ve been sitting on a bus for four hours) and explored several areas of the Whitacre College of Engineering. These students and teachers will be collaborating on a project with Texas Tech undergraduate students this spring and learning about computational thinking related to an NSF CPATH grant the Computer Science Department at Tech received.
Dr. Al Sacco, the Dean of the College of Engineering, started things off with a bang by welcoming the students and teachers.
Dr. Bill Marcy, Executive Director of our T-STEM Center and of the Murdough Center for Engineering Professionalism/National Institute for Engineering Ethics (NIEE) told the students about computational thinking. And Rich Burgess, Deputy Director for Distance Learning at the Murdough Center/NIEE talked to them about ethics and why it’s important for them.
Dr. Tim Dallas showed everyone around his Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) Lab. He explained several projects he’s working on, including one that will help hospital and nursing home attendants know when a patient has fallen.
Graduate students in Dr. Mohan Sridharan’s Robotics Lab showed off the skills of several robots and how simple programs can be written telling the robots what to do.
And Jaimie Perez from New Student Orientation and Financial Aid in the College of Engineering explained the process of becoming a Tech student. She also explained that the colors of the t-shirts students had been given were linked to certain engineering departments on campus.
Thanks for coming to Tech, Kelton! We had a wonderful time.