March 13, 2002
A handful of CMU engineering and computer science students will help area high school juniors and seniors design, build, and program a robotic arm for use in a simulated surgery exercise to give them hands-on experience in problem-solving skills.
Led by Tom Lauwers, a junior in ECE and Environmental and Public Policy (EPP)and Fayette Shaw, a junior in Mechanical Engineering, seven student teams will use Dutch-based software, LEGO's Robotics Invention System, to build their robotic arm. The engineering system features a programmable microprocessor for use with various LEGO building pieces. Participants include teams from Shadyside Academy, Shaler, Taylor Allderdice, Upper St. Clair, Woodland Hills and Quaker Valley high schools. The event's sponsors are Carnegie Mellon's Medical Robotics Technology Center, Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Club, and the Engineering Research Consortium. Carnegie Mellon, John Hopkins, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are consortium members. (Excepted from , March 13 , March 14.)