RML at George Washington University
On October 11, 2013, Prof. Ben-Tzvi and his doctoral student William Rone hosted a group of middle school students from Friendship Public Charter School for a visit to the GW Robotics and Mechatronics Lab. These students are participating in the FIRST Lego League Challenge, an international competition that introduces robotics to elementary and middle school students. Students learned about the fundamentals of robotic systems and were shown a variety of robots and research that students in Dr. Ben-Tzvi's lab are working on.
On October 25th, 2012, sixth-graders from Oak Hill Elementary School's FIRST Lego League team visited the lab to learn more about how robots can solve real-world problems. These students are currently working on a challenge titled 'Senior Solutions' that explores ways in which robots may be used to assist senior citizens in day-to-day tasks. During the visit, students learned about teleoperated systems vs. autonomous systems, the different disciplines that make up robotics, and how engineers break up complex problems into simpler tasks and work together to solve them. In addition, students had the opportunity to see a variety of robot systems being developed in the lab, including our field mobile robots, hexapod legged robots, and our continuum robotic arm.