Enlightening young minds

Published 9:31 pm Monday, September 21, 2009

The Isabella science department is doing some interesting things. The school’s new robotics team will be competing against some of the biggest schools in the state later this year.

The team, dubbed “Up the Creek Engineering” has until Oct. 10 to build a robot designed to retrieve various items symbolic of different components of a chemical equation. The goal of the competition will be to simulate the production of isooctane, a clean-burning fuel.

Not only are the students learning how to build robots; they are also learning advanced chemistry in the process. The team’s instructor, Jay LeCroy, wants students to have the opportunity to work with engineers during this and similar projects.

Students are getting involved in every aspect of the project, even public relations. One member of the team wrote an article that appeared in the Sept. 20 weekend edition of The Clanton Advertiser.

The school is in need of funding in order to complete the project. We think this cause is worthy of the public’s support.