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Conference Paper

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Conference Name

2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Tampa, Florida, June 16-19, 2019


Autonomous robots have been used in a variety of ways from collecting specimen in hazardous environments to space exploration. These robots can be found in various manufacturing systems as Autonomous Guided Vehicles (AGVs) to transport parts and assemblies throughout the manufacturing system. They have also been used as a vehicle to convey design thinking and other STEM-related concepts in mechanical engineering/mechanical engineering technology, electrical engineering/electrical engineering technology, computer science, and computer engineering. Various outreach events have included robotics based activities that engage students in building and programming autonomous robots for the purpose of achieving a specific task. These events are often found in schools in a form of STEM outreach, career days, robotic competitions, or during residential on-campus programs. This paper focuses on three robotics related sessions conducted during a three-day summer residential program for high school students offered at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia during the summer educational program named ODU BLAST. ODU BLAST is part of a Virginia Space Grant Consortium initiative called Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST), offered at three different universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


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Original Publication Citation

Jovanović, V. M., McLeod, G., Alberts, T. E., Tomovic, C., Popescu, O., Batts, T., & Sandy, M. M. L. (2019). Exposing students to STEM careers through hands-on activities with drones and robots. Paper presented at the 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Tampa, Florida, June 16-19, 2019.


0000-0002-8626-903X (Jovanovic)