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Clara H. Carlson students collaborate with college students

Fifth- and sixth-graders at Clara H. Carlson School learned about and built line-following cars with help from students from Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology’s chapter of the Society of Women Engineers during a special visit on March 8.

 The college students discussed with the youngsters the real-life application of infrared sensors and how electrical energy converts to physical movement. They then provided students with instructions as well as the components to build their own line-following car. As the elementary students began to build, the college students lent a helping hand to ensure students would have a successful experience. All of the students were excited to see their cars race around the “track” and enjoyed working with the college-student mentors.

Each year Clara H. Carlson partners with Vaughn College to provide students with unique technological experiences. The fifth- and sixth-graders who participate in the program are selected based on their interest in STEM and at the recommendation of their teacher.

Photo Captions: 1. Clara H. Carlson School sixth-graders Miles Gurley (left) and Azekel Campbell (right) worked together to build line-following cars.

Clara H. Carlson students collaborate with college students

  1. Clara H. Carlson School student Janea Dwyer received assistance from Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology junior Stephanie Palacios.

Clara H. Carlson students collaborate with college students

3. Clara H. Carlson School student Jordan Linton worked on his car, while Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology student Fatin Saumik looked on.

Clara H. Carlson students collaborate with college students

4. Clara H. Carlson School student Karise Buckley read instructions as she built her line-following car.

Clara H. Carlson students collaborate with college students

5. Clara H. Carlson School students are pictured with the line-following cars they built with college students from Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology.

Clara H. Carlson students collaborate with college students