Huntsville Students Showcase Their Skills During AUVSI Symposium At VBC

Elementary and middle school students from Huntsville City Schools were on hand to demonstrate their STEM related skills at the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Pathfinder Chapter Symposium at the Von Braun Center.  Kids from Monte Sano Elementary were showcasing their projects in robotics and cyber security. 

Students from the Academy for Science and Foreign Language (ASFL) also performed robotics demonstrations and showcased their “Future City” design model.  The group won the national grand prize earlier this year at the Future City Competition in Washington D.C. 

Faith Plunkett, a technology teacher with the district, says that industry professionals were amazed that students are learning these skills in robotics and cyber security in elementary school.  Plunkett added that even her kindergarten students have learned how to program the smaller robots.  Students have spent a great deal of time preparing for the AUVSI event and were enthusiastic to show off their efforts.

Angela Traylor, a science resource teacher at ASFL, said that events like this not only allow industry professionals to see what students are learning, but also demonstrate the importance of having these programs in schools.

The Pathfinder Chapter of AUVSI is a big supporter of education and uses proceeds to support school robotics clubs and provide scholarships.  This year’s symposium included the new educational initiative to highlight efforts across the state to demonstrate how these new technologies can support many areas such as agriculture, utilities, insurance, and law enforcement.

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