GSTS learns about applications of robotics in USA

AERO PIXThe Robotics Team of the Ghana Secondary Technical School (GSTS), GIANTBOT1, has visited Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts, in the United States of America (USA) to acquaint themselves with real life applications of robotics and broaden their horizons.

Organised by the GSTS Alumni Association (GAA), the visit preceded the team’s participation in the ROBOFEST 2018 World Robotics Competition held in Southfield, Michigan.

The team, including Kelvin Aboagye, Kelvin Nketia-Achiampong, Abeiku Sompa Nyarko-Lartey, Anstein Anomel and Kofi Erzah Buah was led by Coach Giant Henry Kwaku Boafo.

It was in line with the aim of the GSTS Alumni Association to help restore GSTS to its core mission of providing technical education coupled with robust sciences and arts curricula.

It was a great learning experience for the students to see how robotics and information and communication technologies (ICT) in general can be integrated into city life to enhance citizens’ quality of life.

The tour of Boston was to help the team experience the city that uses ICT to increase operational efficiency, share information with the public and improve both the quality of government services and citizen welfare.

The team saw at firsthand the Smart City concept, dubbed “Smart Streets”, which gathers data on how vehicles and cyclists move during different traffic signals, as well as, how pedestrians cross intersections.

This data is used to help the city better understand the hazards on our roads, and decide on what changes need to be made that provide for better streets, sidewalks, or signage; changes to how traffic rules are enforced and even more in-depth public education on road safety.

The visit also included a tour of Worcester Technical High School (WTHS), an institution that combines technical education with a traditional academic curriculum, with an emphasis on applied technology, where students marry the theoretical with the practical.

Met upon arrival by the Principal and Assistant Principal of the School Kyle Brenner and Ms Michelle Phenix respectively, the team toured various departments within the school, including Design and Engineering Department, Robotics & Automation Technology, Advanced Manufacturing, Computer Aided Drafting (CAD),  Automotive Technology, Welding Tool Technology Allied Health & Human Services, Environmental Science and Technology, Veterinary Assisting, Biotechnology, Allied Health Construction Academy among others.

In the Robotics and Automation department, the team had the opportunity to review various projects that students were working on. Each member of GiantBot1 was paired with a student for a one on one interaction as they explained their various projects.

The team also got the chance to drop in on an architectural design class where students were using CAD to design buildings and also building models of their designs as well as the Advanced Manufacturing lab, where the team members interacted with heavy equipment as well as 3D printers and learned about additive manufacturing and its benefits.

The team further visited Quinsigamond Community College (QCC), a two-year college that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.

QCC professor and GSTS alumni, Dr Tetteh Abbeyquaye walked the team through the lab setup, explained the uses of various equipment and were given more insight into robotics and its many applications as well as interact with different types of robots.

BY TIMES REPORTER

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