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Army STEM trailer visits PSHS

March 13, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

On Monday (March 11) The U.S. Army paid a visit to Poland Seminary High School with a mobile STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) experience in a large trailer. It was a first-time visit for the experience and one that took the efforts of several people.

"Our Army recruiter (assigned to Poland) Staff Sgt.David Nadeau, brought in the information on the STEM trailer and Michael Daley and myself thought it a good fit for our students," said science department teacher Beth Queen.

The STEM trailer got its start in 2012 when the Army decided to launch its first STEM experience. Since then, the mobile STEM experience has grown and in February of this year saw the unveiling of the latest revamped STEM experience. It was unveiled at Lee High School and New Technology High School joint campus in Huntsville, Alabama on Feb. 13.

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Poland sophomore Jacob Caudle makes a decision on what he wants Sarah, an Army robot, to do next to solve a problem.

Inside the new STEM experience, participants are given the opportunity to be part of the Army team. They enter the first of three rooms that shows a short video on a terrorist attack on an Eastern European chemical plant. Because of the nature of the film and the way it was made to resemble a news cast, no photos or phone cameras were allowed.

The second room introduced the students to Sarah, the U.S. Army's experimental robot that is due to go on line in 2032. This latest in service robots is designed to function like a dog with four legs, but can do a lot. It can enter dangerous situations and provide a tool to resolve and eliminate a crisis while not putting any human lives at risk.

In a third room, the first two rooms are combined and students will take control of Sarah and deal with the chemical plant attack. They will use the tools and capabilities of the robot to solve situations as they secure the chemical plant.

"This is a ramped up version from what it used to be," said Nadeau. "This trailer will travel the country this year to showcase what the Army does and the opportunities that await students."

Teachers at the high school have signed up classes to take the 15 min tour throughout the day. They began with students at 7:55 a.m. and ran throughout the day until 2 p.m.



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